ODA Adopts Rules for Oregon's New Firewood Law: Firewood Coming From Outside the Pacific NW Will Ned Heat Treatment and a Label (Nov 28, 2012)
Oregon Department of Agriculture.
The Oregon Department of Agriculture has finalized the rules for a new state law addressing imported firewood that is set to go into effect on Jan 1, 2013. Starting in the new year, Oregonians will have a choice to buy local or buy firewood that has been heat treated and labeled as pest free.
Threat of Invasive Species to Temporarily Close Crater Lake to Scuba (Aug 28, 2012)
DOI. NPS. Crater Lake National Park.
To prevent the introduction of aquatic invasive species into the pristine waters of Crater Lake, Crater Lake National Park has issued an immediate, but temporary closure, prohibiting scuba diving and other use of water gear in the lake. This closure will remain in effect until protocols are established to minimize the risk of contamination from invasives. It is anticipated these protocols will be in place before the beginning of the 2013 season and will require divers to take precautionary measures before entering the lake.
Northwest Launches "Squeal on Pigs" Campaign
Targeted at Feral Swine (Jul 31, 2012)
National Association of State Departments
Wildlife officials in three Northwest states (Idaho, Oregon, Washington) are
intensifying their battle against wild swineby
launching a campaign urging hunters, anglers, hikers and others to report any
feral pig sighting on a public hotline. To report sightings or suspected sightings
of feral swine in Washington, Idaho or Oregon, call toll-free (888) 268-9219.
New App Helps Campers Find Local Firewood, Avoid Spreading Invasives (Jul 20, 2012)
Oregon Sea Grant. Breaking Waves.
A new, free iPhone application from Oregon Sea Grant aims to stem the spread of invasive insects by showing campers where they can buy local firewood when vacationing on the Oregon coast and other Pacific Northwest locations. Dubbed "Firewood Buddy," the application was developed by Media Macros, in collaboration with Sea Grant Extension's invasive species specialist Sam Chan, media specialist Mark Farley and the Oregon Invasive Species Council. The application is available free from the App Store.
Mandatory Boat Inspection Stations Open in Oregon to Target Invasive Species (Jun 4, 2012)
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Motorists hauling boats in Oregon are now required to stop at posted watercraft inspection stations to have their boats, paddlecraft and other watercraft inspected for aquatic invasive species. Inspection stations are operated by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife at Port of Entries, highway rest stops and boat ramps across the state. Failure to stop at an inspection station could result in a $110 fine. Motorists are alerted to inspections stations by orange "Boat Inspection Ahead" signs and followed by a white "Inspection Required for All Watercraft" sign. All vehicles carrying kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, sailboats and any other boats, non-motorized or motorized, are required to stop.
Oregon Declares War on Boxwood Blight (Spring 2012)
Oregon Department of Agriculture.
Beware of boxwood blight. The invasive fungal plant disease is new to North America and has been detected in a couple of Oregon nurseries along with eight other states and a Canadian province. All eyes have been on other nurseries that potentially might harbor the disease, but there is a key role to be played by the public - especially those Oregonians who happen to have boxwood as part of their own yard's landscape.