Don’t let Trump roll back basic environmental safeguards!

Jim Davis   Website

The Trump administration is going after one of our bedrock environmental laws: the National Environmental Policy Act.

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) empowers local communities to protect themselves and their environment from dangerous, rushed, or poorly planned federal projects. Unfortunately, changes being considered by the Trump administration could make this simple public participation a thing of the past.

Don’t let this administration cut the public out of decisions about our public lands and environment. Here’s how you can take action now in three easy steps:

1. Copy the following message:

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is a critical law that has empowered local communities to protect themselves and their environment from dangerous, rushed, and poorly planned federal projects for over 45 years. I am strongly opposed to any changes that would in any way restrict public input, limit consideration of project alternatives, establish hard deadlines for project approval, or narrow or eliminate federal agencies’ obligations to consider a project’s climate impacts.

2. Paste your message into the comment form on Regulations.gov

3. Personalize your comment, complete the form and hit submit! Tip:  Be sure to uncheck the box that says “I am submitting on behalf of a third party.”

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Helen Harbin, ONDA Board Member

Helen Harbin, ONDA Board Member

“I connect with Oregon’s high desert through my feet, my eyes, my sense of smell, and all the things I hear. Getting out there is a whole body experience.” Supporting ONDA, Helen says, not only connects her with wild landscapes, but is also a good investment. “I felt like if I gave them $20, they might squeeze $23 out of it.”

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What defines Oregon’s high desert?

What defines Oregon’s high desert?

Bounded by the Cascade Mountains to the west and the Blue Mountains to the north, Oregon’s high desert covers approximately 24,000 square miles. Annual rainfall in the high desert varies from 5 to 14 inches. The average elevation is 4,000 feet; at 9,733 feet, the summit of Steens Mountain is the highest point in Oregon’s high desert. The terrain of the high desert was mostly formed by a series of lava flows that occurred between 30 and 10 million years ago.

Sources: The Oregon Encyclopedia; Wikipedia  

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Badger

Badger

Badgers are generally nocturnal, but, in remote areas with no human encroachment, they are routinely observed foraging during the day. They prefer open areas with grasslands, which can include parklands, farms, and treeless areas with crumbly soil and a supply of rodent prey.

Badgers are born blind, furred, and helpless. Their eyes open at four to six weeks.

Latin name: Taxidea taxus