Fish & Wildlife

Oregon's top elected officials got behind a controversial plan Tuesday to sell off pieces of the south coast's Elliott State Forest to private interests.

Gov. John Kitzhaber described the move as testing the water for a future deal to move the rest of the Elliott into private ownership, potentially in the hands of a conservation group.

Back Alley Caviar

Aug 8, 2013
Flickr Photo/Renee Suen

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has charged two men with illegally selling caviar, steelhead and salmon as a part of an international fish poaching ring. The men are accused of selling undercover agents American paddlefish eggs and salmon and steelhead that was poached illegally here in Washington state waters. Ross Reynolds talks with Mike Cenci, marine patrol captain for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement Program.

The federal government has pushed back the possible threatened listing of two rare plants that could affect farmers in southeast Washington. Umtanum desert buckwheat and the White Bluffs bladderpod have become very controversial, because part of the plants’ habitat spans valuable crop ground.

It’s a big topic of conversation at the Country Mercantile restaurant where many Franklin County farmers lunch. Ami MacHugh is an area cherry and horse farmer whose land could be affected by the possible federal protections.