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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Whitaker Way is First Industrial Park to Earn Salmon-Safe Certification

In an industrial neighborhood on Portland's Columbia Slough contaminated by PCBs and pesticides, Redside Development’s Whitaker Way Industrial Office Park is on track to be the first Salmon-Safe Certified property of its type nationally. Located near Portland International Airport,  the Slough provides critical rearing habitat for migrating salmon, particularly lower Columbia coho.


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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Join us for Trout Unlimited's "Feast from Field to Stream": August 21 in the Okanogan Valley

How about a summer road trip to the Okanogan Valley? Please join us for Washington Water Project of Trout Unlimited's fabulous Feast of Field and Stream on Sunday, August 21st, at Bluebird Grain Farm! The dinner will showcase farms participating in TU's rapidly expanding Inland Northwest Salmon-Safe project, including Bluebird Grain Farm, Hard Row to Hoe Vineyard, and the Okanogan Producers Marketing Association.


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Monday, August 1, 2011

Saving Mill Creek

The Columbian

Gurgling softly for only about 10 miles, Mill Creek is not among Clark County’s most popular tributaries, but it’s becoming somewhat of a local showcase for environmental advancements. First, a brief geography lesson: Mill Creek’s almost indistinguishable headwaters are in the western portion of Battle Ground proper, with drainage extending west to Dollars Corner, thence south near Northeast 50th Avenue for a couple of miles and through Washington State University Vancouver before Mill Creek’s confluence with Salmon Creek... Last year, the campus received &


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Monday, July 18, 2011

Pesticides by the pound: Experts differ on health risks from chemical-laden produce

Portland Tribune

One fine day in early summer, the Southeast Portland Fred Meyer was selling Braeburn apples for 89 cents a pound, while organic Braeburns were more than double that price, at $1.99 a pound.


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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

OSU Farmscaping Tour July 20 to Goschie Farms, first Salmon-Safe hop grower

Longtime Salmon-Safe collaborators at Oregon State University's Integrated Plant Protection Center will lead a farmscaping for beneficial insect walk  on July 20, from 1-5PM, at Goshie Farms, near Silverton, Oregon. It's a free public event and an opportunity to visit a flagship Salmon-Safe farm near Portland with leading researchers and extension educators.


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Friday, July 8, 2011

Updated Salmon-Safe farm standards released

Salmon-Safe today released a mid-stream update to our all-new farm standards that primarily incorporates a revised list of "High Risk" pesticides that are restricted for use on certified farms. A more substantial revision 2.0 will be out by late summer that includes extensive scientific and environmental community review comments.


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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Art Meets Habitat: The Olympic Sculpture Park

The Metropolitan Field Guide

The Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle is a beautiful place. The 8.5 acre park sits alongside Elliott Bay, overlooking the Puget Sound, islands and the Olympic Mountains to the west, downtown Seattle to the south and the Space Needle to the east. The site is divided by a major street, railroad tracks and a bike path and yet appears seamlessly connected. The nearly nine acres brilliantly blend art, landscaping, views and native plant gardens by connecting a variety of landscapes...The park has also been certified as Salmon friendly through Salmon-Safe, they practice pesticide-free maintenance, partner with the Seattle Aquarium to host beach naturalists and have programs and tours highlighting the habitat of the park.


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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Willamette Valley Vineyards wins our "Hero of Salmon" Design Contest

The first time we saw one of those billboard-sized Willamette Valley Vineyards Salmon-Safe truck wraps on I-5 near Portland, we knew that we were reaching a new audience with a message about how wine growers our helping restore our salmon watersheds.


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Monday, March 14, 2011

Peeling Back the Label

Audubon Magazine

In the current food special issue, Audubon Magazine make sense of environmental claims on food products lining grocery store aisles. Here’s what they had to say about Salmon-Safe: 


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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Eastmoreland Golf Course plays role in fish habitat restoration plans

Portland Tribune/The Bee

Some species of wildlife aren't appreciated at Eastmoreland Golf Course — and some are. The Canadian Geese that foul the greens are considered pests; workers with dogs chase them off. The beavers can also be pesky; left alone, they would turn the golf course into a wetland. Their dams, constructed in the dark of night, are removed by groundskeepers during the day. But native fish are enthusiastically welcomed. “We’re a ‘Salmon-Safe’ golf course,” smiles Eastmoreland Golf Course Superintendent Kathy Hauff.


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