Local Current Issues

Charlotte Persons oral testimony at the Longview coal export hearing.

I am Charlotte Persons, a resident of this area for over 20 years, and president of Willapa Hills Audubon Society.  Willapa Hills Audubon Society is concerned about the health of the estuary habitat of the Columbia River—for wildlife AND humans:

We ask that that the EIS carefully consider three aspects of protecting the habitat that we live in:

(1)   The health of residents, especially in areas close to the proposed site.  While winds will blow coal dust from the coal terminal and the trains that supply it throughout our area, people living and working in the Highlands and Mint Farm areas will be most critically affected.  Residents of existing coal terminals in our region, in British Columbia and Alaska, regularly complain of the black dust that coats their houses and boats.  Exposure to coal dust has been linked to increases in chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma.  The proposed Millennium terminal is only slightly more than a mile from homes and schools in Longview. We ask that the EIS carefully examine these potential health impacts.

Read more: Charlotte Persons oral testimony at the Longview coal export hearing.

Bald Eagle Recovery

More bald eagles spend the winter in Oregon than anywhere in the U.S. outside Alaska. Yet the lower Columbia River is one area in Oregon where eagles have trouble successfully hatching eggs.

Watch a recent Bald Eagle episode of OPB's Oregon Field Guide.

WHAS helps make Wake Robin Outdoor Learning Center accessible

WHAS Education Chair Darrel Whipple presents WHAS's donation for Wake Robin Learning Center to instructor John Gross, representing Longview School District at the site, on Thursday, October 13th, as three fifth graders share the happy moment

At Wake Robin Learning Center along Coal Creek Willapa Hills Audubon members interpreted bird and mammal features to Longview fifth graders during Forestry Days, October 12-13. WHAS has participated in this program for many years.

This year WHAS further benefitted the Wake Robin program by donating $600 to help cover transportation of more than 450 students to the site. The forested acreage and building were donated to the Longview School District for an outdoor learning center by the late Joe and Eleanor Lammi, former WHAS directors and longtime members.

Read more: WHAS helps make Wake Robin Outdoor Learning Center accessible



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