Green News and Brews

Green News and Brews

Salem Environmental Education presents a series of science pub presentations on a wide variety of relevant environmental topics. These programs highlight many of the important issues that face Oregonians today. The three seasonal programs will be held at Taproot Lounge and Cafe, a co-sponsor of the series. A donation of $5 is requested.

From Wolves to the Warning to Humanity: Facing the Environmental Crisis through Science.

Tuesday, April 9th: 7pm, Willamette University – Cat Cavern 900 State St, Salem, OR 97301
This is a free event, no registration required

Dr. William Ripple, a distinguished professor in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University will share how society might face the environmental crisis through science. Ripple will present his work on how the far-reaching impacts of wolves are affecting the ecosystem in Yellowstone National Park. He will illustrate how he transitioned from Yellowstone to other national parks in western North America and beyond to demonstrate both the benefits of wild large predators and the costs of their demise. Ripple will disclose how his conservation research and general concern about the global environment and climate change led to him publishing the letter “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice.” As a health checkup for planet Earth, this letter has reached millions of people and is one of the most widely discussed and endorsed scientific articles of recent times. His talk will be full of illustrated stories about his 20-year journey from first only doing ecological research to now also being an advocate for science and the environment. He will provide suggestions for sustainability on planet Earth.

It was 25-years ago that the Union of Concerned Scientists along with more than 1,500 independent researchers, including the majority of living Nobel laureates in the sciences, penned the 1992 “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity.” These concerned professionals called on all people of the world to curtail environmental destruction and cautioned that “a great change in our stewardship of the Earth and the life on it is required if vast human misery is to be avoided.” They expressed concern about current, impending, or potential damage on planet Earth involving ozone depletion, fresh water availability, marine fishery collapses, ocean dead zones, forest loss, biodiversity destruction, climate change and continued human population growth.

Cougars and Wolves of Oregon

Wednesday, April 23, 2019, 8:00 p.m. at Taproot Lounge and Cafe. Free, donations encouraged.

Oregon is a large state with very diverse landscapes, habitats, and wildlife, including a large suit of carnivore species. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is required to conserve and manage the state’s wildlife and two carnivore species (cougars and wolves) have recently been hot topics in the news and public discussion. ODFW has a rich history of cougar research and management and a short, but also robust experience with wolves since their return to Oregon. This presentation provides an overview of cougars and wolves in Oregon, including how state laws, management plans, research, and public processes all contribute to the conservation and management of these large carnivores.

Derek Broman is the Carnivore-Furbearer Coordinator for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and has been with ODFW since 2015. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Luther College (Iowa) and a Masters in Wildlife Ecology from the University of New Hampshire. He studied numerous carnivore species in the Midwest, New England, and Texas prior to arriving in Oregon. His current duties include managing the ODFW Bear, Cougar, Wolf, and Furbearer Programs and he offices at the ODFW HQ in Salem.