Lands Podcast Series

Here you will find podcasts that deal directly with lands and conservation, we explore topics like wildlife impact, river & stream restoration, logging practices, etc.

Index by area:

General

Does this mean smile and be happy and listen to some tunes as you ride? Or is it something else? Something bigger than just self? Not I, but we?In today’s episode, we talk with Kait Boyle, who is the Co-Founder of Bikepacking Roots and the creator of the Love Where You Ride campaign. The campaign is an opportunity for backcountry cyclists to learn about their impact on the outdoors and how to minimize it. Bikepacking Roots partnered with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics to create the Love Where You Ride campaign.

In this podcast, we discuss the balance of conservation and recreation, and what recreational enthusiasts can do to protect the lands that are important to them. Joining us is John Sterling who severed for 17 years as the Executive Director of the Conservation Alliance. Prior to that, he was the Director of Environmental Programs at Patagonia.

As a cyclist, I usually think I don’t have much of an impact on my natural surroundings when I ride. I’m on a bike, it’s not motorized, it’s fairly quiet. Join our conversation as we learn about the impact we as cyclists have on wildlife and how we can mitigate this impact.  Our guest today is Amy Stuart who has worked for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for 30 years.

We continue our discussion on the impact we have as cyclists have on wildlife and our surroundings. Joining us are Lauri Turner and Brock McCormick who are both Wildlife Biologists with the Deschutes National Forest.

What happens if I encounter wildlife and I feel scared or threatened?  This is a compilation of two interviews, one with Amy Stuart, who worked for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for 30 years, and another conversation with Lauri Turner and Brock McCormick who are both Wildlife Biologists with the Deschutes National Forest.

Learn more about Forest Service road decommissioning, how this impacts us as cyclists, and what we can do to help. Joining us is Brock McCormick who is a Biologist with the Deschutes National Forest.  

Arizona

Hosting gorgeous grassland framed by the Baboquivari Mountains to the west, this wildlife refuge in Southern Arizona is home to pronghorn, mule and white-tailed deer javelina, coyotes, coatimundis, mountain lions and over 320 species of birds including an assortment of raptors and the endangered Masked Bobwhite Quail  Dirt roads course through the refuge providing great opportunities for gravel cycling.  On the show, we talk with Reta Rutledge who is Vice-President of the Friends of Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge. 

Learn more about Forest Service road decommissioning, how this impacts us as cyclists, and what we can do to help. Joining us is Brock McCormick who is a Biologist with the Deschutes National Forest.  

Central Oregon

There are only 10-15% of old-growth forests left in Oregon. Erik Fernandez, Wilderness Program Manager, from Oregon Wild describes old-growth forests and how we can work on doing our parts to help protect the little old-growth we have left.

In June of 2014, two fires started nearly simultaneously sweeping through the Skyline Forest which have become known as the Two Bulls Fire complex. Paul Dewey, Founder of Central Oregon Land Watch describes “the mushroom cloud” and the significance of the fires just outside of Bend, Oregon.

Ryan Ranch area was homesteaded in the 1890s. In the 1920s a berm along the Deschutes River was constructed to keep the river from flooding valuable pasture land. Prior to this, the area historically functioned as an emergent freshwater marsh that was connected to surface flows from the Deschutes River. In the early 2010s, the meadow was reconnected to the Deschutes River through a restoration project. In this podcast, we talk with Peter Sussmann of the National Forest Service to learn more about the project and its impacts on wildlife.

What! It is not public land? Ben Gordon, Executive Director of Central Oregon Land Watch, joins us to discuss a large area of private land called Skyline Forest and what the future entails for this 33,000 acres of land.

The rock doctor is in the house! Dr. Kim Ely discusses about the unique geological features of Hayrick Butte, a rare type of volcano located in the Willamette National Forest next to the Hoodoo ski area.

Joining us is James Good of Good Bike Co.  Find out what makes the Ochocos such a special place and hear about some of James’ favorite routes.  James talks about the Ochocos being good for both one-day excursions and multi-day bike packing adventures all leaving.  The Ochocos are magical because of their old-growth trees, low traffic, an abundance of gravel roads, great single track and even some good options for the roadies.

Learn how Central Oregon Land Watch and Rory Isbell advocated to protect our lands here in Central Oregon.

Lake Creek is an important tributary that runs into the Metolius River which is vital to salmon and trout habitat. Learn about the restoration efforts of the creek with Brad Chalfant, the former executive director of the Deschutes Land Trust.

NE Oregon

We all have heard the term “land trust”. But, do you really know what a land trust does? Why land trusts may be the most important element to recreation and wildlife habitat conservation moving forward? In this podcast, we speak with Amanda Martino, the Conservation Director, with the Blue Mountain Land Trust. 

Learn about the great trail work being done by the Trailhead Stewardship Project in the Wallowa – Whitman Nationa Forest near Baker City, Oregon. The Stewardship Project is an outreach effort by the Trailhead Bike shop in downtown Baker City and the Anthony Lakes Recreation Association, the non-profit managing and operating the Anthony Lakes ski area.

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