In this edition of the Explore Oregon Podcast, host Zach Urness revisits some of his favorite interviews from the earliest days of the podcast.
First, he talks about the life of whales off the Oregon Coast, including how new whale moms keep their calves safe from predators.
After that, he talks with two environmentalists about Oregon’s wildest old-growth rainforest — the Devil’s Staircase.
In the second half is an interview with a woman who worked as a fire lookout for three decades, a sand artist who has become a sensation on the Oregon Coast and a ranger who checks for wilderness permits in Oregon’s Three Sisters Wilderness.
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Zach Urness has been an outdoors reporter in Oregon for 15 years and is host of the Explore Oregon Podcast. To support his work, subscribe to the Statesman Journal. Urness is the author of “Best Hikes with Kids: Oregon” and “Hiking Southern Oregon.” He can be reached at zurness@StatesmanJournal.com or 503-399-6801. Find him on Twitter at @ZachsORoutdoors.