With hunting season underway, a familiar challenge unfolds. Hunters seek publicly managed wildlife, but much of the prime habitat is owned by private landowners. While most landowners aren’t o…

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden has proposed adding over 4,700 miles of waterways to the federal Wild and Scenic Rivers System in Oregon. With half-mile no-touch buffers, the “Rivers Democracy Act” will a…

We received news from the Biden administration that U.S. Department of the Interior is going to revisit greater sage grouse management plans — assuming the 2015 plan (1.0), the 2019 plan (2.0)…

If you don’t live in Central Washington, it may be easy to dismiss the critical role the dams along the Lower Snake and Columbia rivers play in local communities. But if you care about the fut…

It was 102 degrees in Medford on June 1, 2021. Let me say that again just in case it didn’t fully sink in: Medford suffered temperatures as high as 102 degrees in spring, making it harder for …

Taxes! This is usually the first question that comes up for families who are considering gifting their farm to the next generation. A fact that sometimes surprises clients is that Oregon and W…

Effective management of water resources affects the vitality of communities and their ability to grow and develop. Respecting water rights is a central factor in the management of water resources.

The Simpson Plan does everything the Ag and Rural Caucus asked for: 1) puts up dollars up front to mitigate all foreseeable costs on eastern Washington residents, 2) provides time to make good…

Recently I met with county commissioners from Twin Falls, Gooding, Shoshone, Lincoln, Jerome and Minidoka, and I was able to discuss my Columbia Basin Initiative to address ending the perennia…

Make no mistake about it, a proposal by Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, that would result in the removal of the four lower Snake River dams would dramatically and negatively impact Idaho agricultu…