Result

New protections for ocean wildlife

2012 Victory --  After years of effort by Environment Oregon and our allies, the Legislature voted in 2012 to protect 38 square miles of ocean as marine reserves, including threatened areas at Cascade Head, Cape Falcon and Cape Perpetua. Together with the pilot reserves at Redfish Rocks and Otter Rock, which we helped win in 2009, these new reserves will help maintain healthy reefs and protect vital habitat for rockfish and seabirds.

Result

Ashland Becomes the Fourth Oregon City to Ban Plastic Bags

On Tuesday night, the Ashland City Council voted in favor of a ban on plastic bags. Plastic bag bans have seen growing public support in Oregon, with the cities of Portland, Corvallis, and Eugene adopting similar bag bans since 2011.

Result

Portland's Bag Ban Takes Effect

2011 Victory - Portland joined San Francisco, Bellingham, Wash. and a dozen other west coast communities by banning disposable plastic bags at major grocery stores and retailers with pharmacies. We're working to pass more local bag bans in cities across the state — cutting plastic pollution right away while building momentum for a statewide ban.  

Result

Report shines spotlight on plastic pollution

Environment Oregon Preservation Associate Dave Mathews released a report highlighting the damage caused by plastic pollution and the steps that communities worldwide are taking to solve the problem. "Oregon Takes Action: Efforts Around the Globe to Fight Plastic Pollution" notes that 80 governments from Bangladesh to Portland have taken action to reduce consumption of disposable plastic bags.