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Coast Range Radio holds conversations with the many dedicated individuals in Oregon and around the country working to make a better world possible. Coast Range Radio is a radio show and podcast from the nonprofit conservation organization, the Coast Range Association. Located in Western Oregon, the Coast Range Association works to build just and sustainable communities that provide for people and the natural world. Our work focuses on the connections between Oregon’s forests, communities, and the climate crisis.

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Coast Range Radio holds conversations with the many dedicated individuals in Oregon and around the country working to make a better world possible. Coast Range Radio is a radio show and podcast from the nonprofit conservation organization, the Coast Range Association. Located in Western Oregon, the Coast Range Association works to build just and sustainable communities that provide for people and the natural world. Our work focuses on the connections between Oregon’s forests, communities, and the climate crisis.

    The Film Changing the Narrative Around Wildfires, with 'Elemental' Director, Trip Jennings

    The Film Changing the Narrative Around Wildfires, with 'Elemental' Director, Trip Jennings

    Fire is, and always has been, a permanent part of our western landscapes and ecosystems, but the debate and policy prescriptions around how to protect our communities is shockingly disconnected from the science and and on the ground reality.  
    That’s why I’ve asked the director of an inspiring and powerful new film called ‘Elemental’ onto the show to talk about the realities of how we can co-exist with wildfires and create fire safe homes and communities.  
    Trip Jennings is the Principal & Founder of Balance Media, a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, and has won dozens of awards for his past films.  His new film, ‘Elemental’, has been met with rave reviews, and is changing the narrative around wildfires. 

    Resources
    Elemental: https://www.elementalfilm.com/
    Oregon Department of Forestry Risk Assessment Explorer: ​​https://tools.oregonexplorer.info/oe_htmlviewer/index.html?viewer=wildfire
    ODF Senate Bill 762 Homepage: https://www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/sb762.aspx

    Firewise Home Hardening Toolkit:  http://forestfirefacts.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Firewise-Toolkit_2016.pdf

    Why Thinning Doesn't Make Communities Safer:
    https://www.westernwatersheds.org/gw-poor-wildfire-strategy/
    https://news.bloomberglaw.com/environment-and-energy/billions-in-feds-spending-on-megafire-risks-seen-as-misdirected
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    Fighting for Mature and Old Growth Forests with Lauren Anderson

    Fighting for Mature and Old Growth Forests with Lauren Anderson

    Preserving mature and old growth forests across the US is a critical piece of the puzzle in fighting climate change, and on Earth Day of this year, President Biden issued an executive order to "strengthen America's forests, boost wildfire resilience, and combat global deforestation".
    Great news, right?  Not so fast. To learn more about the good, the bad, and the ugly of Federal forest and climate policy, I spoke with Oregon Wild’s Forest Climate Policy Coordinator, Lauren Anderson.  Lauren joined Oregon Wild in 2020 after several years in Washington, D.C. working on energy, climate and wildlife policy issues.  
    Among other roles, Lauren helps coordinate the Climate Forests Campaign, a coalition of environmental organizations across the country, working to protect mature and old-growth forests. 
    I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.  Let me know what you thought, send suggestions, or just say hey at michael@coastrange.org.

    Show Notes:
    Climate Forests: https://www.climate-forests.org/
    Worth More Standing Report: https://www.climate-forests.org/_filesx/ugd/73639b_03bdeb627485485392ac3aaf6569f609.pdf

    White House fact sheet on President Biden's Executive Order on Forests: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2022/04/22/fact-sheet-president-biden-signs-executive-order-to-strengthen-americas-forests-boost-wildfire-resilience-and-combat-global-deforestation/

    Good overview of the climate provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act: https://earthjustice.org/brief/2022/what-the-inflation-reduction-act-means-for-climate
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    Exploring Oregon's Marine Reserves, Part Three - Otter Rock, Cape Perpetua, and Redfish Rocks

    Exploring Oregon's Marine Reserves, Part Three - Otter Rock, Cape Perpetua, and Redfish Rocks

    This is part three of our series celebrating 10 years of Oregon’s Marine Reserve Program.  For those who aren’t familiar, a Marine Reserve is an area within coastal waters dedicated to scientific research and conservation.
    Think of it as a combination of an underwater State Park, a wildlife preserve, and a living laboratory!  
    Here in Oregon, we have five designated Marine reserves.  From North to South, they are located offshore of Cape Falcon, Cascade Head, Otter Rock, Cape Perpetua, and way down South near Port Orford, Redfish Rocks.  
    In part one, we got a great high level overview of Oregon's Marine Reserve System with former Marine Reserve Program Leader, Cristin Don.  
    In part two, we heard from Nadia Gardner with Cape Falcon on the North Coast, and Duncan Berry with Cascade Head near Lincoln City.
    You can find those episodes, along with all of our shows, at coast range dot ORG.  
    We’re also on all the podcast apps at Coast Range Radio, and we’d be grateful if you would subscribe to the show, and leave a rating and review.  If you’re listening on your community radio station, please make sure to support them!
    Ok, back to today’s episode! For part three of our Marine Reserve series, we’ll hear from folks representing community groups supporting Otter Rock (Roy Anderson), Cape Perpetua (Katy Bear Nalven), and Redfish Rocks (Tom Calvanese).
    If these episodes inspire you to get involved with any of the community groups, or learn more about the science and research happening at the reserves go to omrp.org for more information and web links.
    If you have feedback or suggestions for future shows and guests, my email is michael@coastrange.org.

    Show notes:
    Oregon Marine Reserve Partnership: https://omrp.org/
    Friends of Otter Rock Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofOtterRockMR/
    Cape Perpetua Collaborative: https://capeperpetuacollaborative.org/
    Redfish Rocks Community Team: http://www.redfishrocks.org/
    Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Marine Reserve Site: https://oregonmarinereserves.com/
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    Exploring Oregon's Marine Reserves, Part Two - Cape Falcon & Cascade Head

    Exploring Oregon's Marine Reserves, Part Two - Cape Falcon & Cascade Head

    This is part two of a three part series celebrating the 10th anniversary of Oregon’s Marine Reserve Program!   A Marine Reserve is an area within coastal waters dedicated to scientific research and conservation, where all ocean development and removal of marine life is prohibited.  
    Think of it as a combination of an underwater State Park, a wildlife preserve, and a living laboratory!  
    Here in Oregon, we have five designated Marine reserves.  From North to South, they are located offshore of Cape Falcon, Cascade Head, Otter Rock, Cape Perpetua, and way down South near Port Orford, Redfish Rocks.  
    In part one, we got a great high level overview of Oregon's Marine Reserve System with Oregon Fish and Wildlife's former Marine Reserve Program Leader, Cristin Don.  You can find that episode, along with all of our shows, wherever you are listening to this.
    For parts two and three of our Marine Reserve series, we’ll be talking with our community partners from each Reserve up and down the coast.  We're heading North to South, and today we’ll be hearing from Nadia Gardner from Cape Falcon and North Coast Land Conservancy, and Duncan Berry with the Cascade Head Biosphere Reserve.
    If you have feedback or suggestions for future shows and guests, my email is michael @ coast range dot ORG. 

    Links and Resources:
    Oregon Marine Reserve Partnership: https://omrp.org/
    Cape Falcon: https://nclctrust.org/cape-falcon-marine-reserve/
    Cascade Head: https://www.cascadehead.org/
    https://www.4castproject.org/
    iNaturalist App
    https://www.inaturalist.org/
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    Going Deep on Floating Offshore Wind Energy with Shannon Souza And Joe Liebezeit

    Going Deep on Floating Offshore Wind Energy with Shannon Souza And Joe Liebezeit

    On the show today, we’re diving into the exciting and choppy waters of offshore wind!  
    Floating Off-shore wind energy is relatively a new technology with huge potential.  The federal Bureau of Oregon Energy Management estimates up to 3 gigawatts in near-term commercial potential off of the Southern Oregon coast alone.  That’s enough power for over 200,000 homes.
    I’m excited for today’s topic, because it really encapsulates a lot of the complexity and messiness around what it looks like to actually transition quickly away from fossil fuels. How do we move with the speed necessary to scale into a post-carbon energy society without creating collateral and unforeseen damage?  What is the real economic and energy potential of projects like this, and what level of ecological disturbance is acceptable in the name of rapid decarbonization?
    To explore these questions, I’m joined by two guests - Joe Liebezeit and Shannon Souza.
    Joe Liebezeit has worked for Portland Audubon since 2013 as the staff scientist and leads Audubon's Community Science and Coastal Conservation Programs.  Full disclosure - we work together as part of the Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership.
    Shannon Souza is the Policy Director for Pacific Ocean Energy Trust, co-founder of Oregon Coast Energy Alliance Network, and owns Sol Coast Companies, a renewable energy design, construction, and consulting business based in Coos Bay.

    I'd love to hear from you! Send shows ideas and feedback to michael@coastrange.org, and please rate and review the show!
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    Links and Resources Mentioned in the Show:
    Audubon action alert, with links: https://audubonportland.org/take-action/help-ensure-new-coastal-wind-energy-projects-avoid-wildlife-conflicts/

    Pacific Ocean Energy Trust (POET): https://pacificoceanenergy.org/
    Oregon Coastal Energy Alliance Network (OCEAN): https://www.oregonenergyalliance.org/
    Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition Youtube panel presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjNZpbmLm20
    Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Selected studies: https://www.boem.gov/sites/default/files/documents/regions/pacific-ocs-region/environmental-science/Selected-BOEM-Research-Renewable-OR_4.pdf

    Oregon Department of Energy - Oregon Renewable Energy Siting Assessment (ORESA): https://www.oregon.gov/energy/energy-oregon/Pages/ORESA.aspx



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    Joe Seamons on Northwest Folk Music and Allyship

    Joe Seamons on Northwest Folk Music and Allyship

    Joe Seamons is a musician and educator based in the Pacific Northwest and dedicated to helping people connect with their heritage through music and storytelling.

    Born and raised in Northwestern Oregon, Joe has made a living interpreting the songs and stories of the local sawmill, logging, and fishing ballads composed by elder working people and folklorists. Many of these songs are included on the 2016 album, Timberbound, In the same vein, Joe directed and served as executive producer for a Smithsonian Folkways album entitled, "Roll, Columbia: Woody Guthrie's 26 Northwest Songs."

    As director of The Rhapsody Project, he works with youth in Seattle to explore the influence of regional and personal history through the lens of American blues and folk songs. He also serves as board chair of the Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center.

    This was a fun conversation, and gave me a lot to think about.  I hope you enjoy it, and check out Joe's music at the links below!
    Links to Joe's projects:
    https://www.joebanjo.net/
    https://www.therhapsodyproject.org/home
    https://www.maxvilleheritage.org/our-story

    I'd love to hear from you! Send shows ideas and feedback to michael@coastrange.org, and please rate and review the show!
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