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California cuts water use by 27 percent

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California's unprecedented system of mandatory conservation imposed on cities got off to a strong start with water use plunging 27 percent in June, regulators said Thursday.Data released by the State Water Resources Control Board showed 265 of 411...

Date: 07/31/2015 | Nation & World

A bill for parks and much more

The odds that Congress will reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund before it is scheduled to expire Sept. 30 improved...

Date: 07/28/2015 | Editorials

Leaping for joy

Photographers capture images of exuberant baby orca (gallery)

Date: 07/20/2015 | Explore NW

Adventure & leadership

Students learn outdoor skills, love of nature in N. Cascades

Date: 07/19/2015 | Explore NW

Respecting nature and its risks

Two recent events have raised the issue of the risks we take when we enter forests, wilderness and state and national parks.The National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently released public comments on

Date: 07/14/2015 | Editorials

Saving state's wild steelhead

The term "gene bank" likely prompts images of scientists in lab coats putting samples into a cryogenic deep freeze, but as far as the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and local fishing enthusiasts with Trout Unlimited are concerned, the setting is much more bucolic:...

Date: 07/12/2015 | Editorials

Make parks fund permanent

If Congress were seeking a vote on a valuable program that would allow it to pat itself on the back and celebrate its ability to work in a bipartisan fashion, it could do no better than renewal of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Date: 07/07/2015 | Editorials

Some environmental victories

In the interests of positive reenforcement, let's take the opportunity here to make note of some legislative successes by lawmakers, even as they plod on with their third special session to come to some final agreements related to budgets and education.Specific to parks,...

Date: 07/06/2015 | Editorials

Californians cut water usage 29 percent

Drought-weary California received encouraging news Wednesday when officials announced that residential water use had dropped 29 percent during the month of May — the first real indication that the state might meet unprecedented conservation reductions imposed by Gov. Jerry...

Date: 07/01/2015 | Nation & World

Federal lands should be kept for benefit of all

The federal government owns large chunks of the West. It owns 65 percent of Utah, 69 percent of Alaska and 83 percent of Nevada. Some Westerners see unfairness in that. They should not.Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska recently slipped an item into a nonbinding budget...

Date: 06/14/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Senate budget risks gains made for state lands

Nationally, over the last few years, we've witnessed an anti-public lands campaign take hold — from Cliven Bundy's brazen standoff with the Bureau of Land Management to the more insidious creep of consistent underfunding for our national parks. However, it seemed absurd that that...

Date: 06/14/2015 | Commentary

Court strikes down coal plant pollution rules

BILLINGS, Mont. — A federal appeals court has struck down pollution rules intended to reduce haze from coal that is burned in Montana to provide electricity for people in the Pacific Northwest.

Date: 06/11/2015 | Business Wire

BLM announces plan to save the sage grouse

WASHINGTON — There’s an odd but uniquely American bird out West that dances on a wide stage to mate with hens, and the federal Bureau of Land Management announced a long awaited plan Thursday that aims to help them so they don’t go extinct.

Date: 05/29/2015 | Nation & World

'Decoy' groups fighting transfer of public lands to states

Across the West, lawmakers are considering the costs and benefits of moving public land management from the federal government to the state. While the debate stirs passions, a new analysis provides some sobering figures on the economic gains that states stand to make.The...

Date: 05/17/2015 | Commentary

Protect the law that protects wildlife

Since President Richard Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act into law, more than forty years ago, the United States has been committed to protecting its wildlife and plants from extinction. Thanks to the ESA, American alligators have recovered, grizzly bears roam through Yellowstone...

Date: 05/17/2015 | Commentary

How to log and protect owl habitat

The city of Everett, which owns 3,729 acres at its reservoir at Chaplain Lake, north of Sultan, has proposed a novel approach to land management that would set aside about a third of the property for wildlife habitat for several decades while allowing the city to continue a modest...

Date: 05/12/2015 | Editorials

Keep our public lands public

For nearly 50 years, the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund has invested nearly $17 billion nationwide and $500 million in Washington in state and federal land conservation projects and matching grants for state and local...

Date: 04/21/2015 | Editorials

Green power goes to war in NATO test

BERLIN — Green energy is going to war.Starting in June, defense companies including Thales and Multicon Solar will join NATO to test the military's ability to use renewable power in combat.About 1,000 North Atlantic Treaty Organization soldiers will spend...

Date: 04/12/2015 | Nation & World

Unknown sea

Get a glimpse of Salish Sea at book release, film showing

Date: 04/12/2015 | Life

Give 5 to help us protect salmon

Imagine a river brimming with abundant wild salmon stocks. Imagine healthy, clean streams for our children to explore and play in. Imagine robust riparian forests full of fecundity. Twenty-five years ago a group of dedicated volunteers set out to make...

Date: 04/11/2015 | Commentary

Carly Fiorina right about drought woes, farm groups say

The water wars have begun.

Date: 04/10/2015 | Nation & World

Injecting politics into parks

The problem isn't the amount of money that the state Senate has set aside in its capital budget for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition's grant program.Each year, for the last 25 years, the coalition has taken responsibility for shepherding a list of potential...

Date: 04/10/2015 | Editorials

Home & Garden calendar

EventsIncredible Edibles: Grow Your Own: garden class, 10 to 11:30 a.m. April 11, Woodinville Water District, Building A, 17238 NE Woodinville-Duvall Road, Woodinville. Emily Bishton, Seattle landscape designer and environmental educator. Learn...

Date: 04/02/2015 | Home and Garden

U.S. gives threatened status to long-eared bat

DETROIT -- The federal government said Wednesday that it is listing the northern long-eared bat as threatened, giving new protections to a species that has been nearly wiped out in some areas by the spread of a fungal disease.White-nose syndrome first was first discovered...

Date: 04/02/2015 | Nation & World

Making things better

Awards to honor those who get their hands dirty to help

Date: 03/31/2015 | Life

Feds to announce sage-grouse deal with Oregon ranchers

The Obama administration has reached an agreement with Oregon ranchers to protect sage grouse that the ranchers hope will help avoid having the bird listed by the federal government as an endangered species.

Date: 03/27/2015 | Northwest

Lead shot still kills many trumpeter swans

To a trumpeter swan, lead shot looks like tiny stones. Swans ingest stones to help break down food in their gizzards. Unfortunately, lead poisoning leads to death.Martha Jordan, Washington Swan Stewards coordinator, has fought for trumpeter swans' lives for decades. Steady...

Date: 03/22/2015 | Life

Zimbabwe to export live elephants

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe intends to proceed with plans to export live elephants to China, the United Arab Emirates and France because the country has too many of the animals and needs to fund its national parks.

Date: 03/22/2015 | Nation & World

Senate bill a path for carbon reduction

Republican-backed legislation in the Senate meant to require the state's utilities to reduce carbon emissions is worthy of praise. It's just too bad those backing the legislation couldn't show more confidence in why they proposed it in the first place.

Date: 03/12/2015 | Editorials

Have your say on grizzly bears this week

Do you think grizzly bears should be reintroduced to the North Cascades?

Date: 03/09/2015 | Explore NW

Wild education

North Cascade classes are like summer camp for adults

Date: 03/08/2015 | Explore NW

Go native

Monroe sale features plants that are happy in the Northwest

Date: 02/26/2015 | Home and Garden

Deal ensures land near Meadowdale Beach Park won’t be developed

LYNNWOOD — For the past decade, the future of 13 acres of wooded, steep hillside overlooking Meadowdale Beach Park has been debated.

Date: 02/25/2015 | Local News

Are they recovered?

Brown pelicans could be taken off state's endangered list

Date: 02/22/2015 | Life

Remote and now protected

Illabot Creek supports lots of salmon, other wildlife

Date: 02/03/2015 | Explore NW

Back to nature

Wildlife reclaims its place at Port Susan Bay Preserve

Date: 01/04/2015 | Life

Annual bird count provides vital conservation data

Here's a holiday tradition you probably don't know about. For decades, American men celebrated this season by teaming up to shoot birds, competing with other local hunters. Pictures from that era show thousands of pheasants, songbirds and wild turkeys strung up on lines hung across...

Date: 12/28/2014 | Commentary

Alpine Lakes addition marks Wilderness Act's 50th

What the National Defense Authorization Act has to do with any of several public lands bills that Congress passed along with it and President Barack Obama signed into law on Friday is anyone's guess. But, in recognition of the time of year, let's not look a gift reindeer in the...

Date: 12/24/2014 | Editorials

Arctic keeps warming; polar bears feel heat

Air temperatures at the top of the world continue to rise twice as fast as temperatures in lower latitudes, causing significant ice melt on land and sea, and affecting populations of polar bear and migrations of fish, a federal report released Wednesday said.As a result of...

Date: 12/18/2014 | Nation & World

Cooperative work will meet needs of farms, fish

Can farms and fish co-exist, and even thrive, in Snohomish County's riverways? As co-chairmen of the Snohomish Sustainable Lands Strategy, we believe the answer is yes — and that fish and farm advocates can make more progress by working together than by fighting each other as both...

Date: 12/14/2014 | Commentary

Republicans denounce U.S.-China climate deal

WASHINGTON — Any hope for Congress to reconvene with a sense of bipartisanship was quickly erased Wednesday morning as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, sharply criticized the announcement of a new climate deal between the United States and...

Date: 11/13/2014 | Nation & World

Snohomish Conservation District merits taxpayer support

In recent weeks, we've outlined some of the budget considerations in addition to K-12 education that the Legislature is going to have to address when it convenes in January, including transportation,

Date: 11/06/2014 | Editorials

Clean air costly; utility bills to surge

NEW YORK — U.S. electricity markets face years of higher prices as clean-air regulations shut more coal-fired power plants than earlier forecast, cutting supply and forcing producers to rely more on natural gas.Standard & Poor's estimates that 40 to 75 gigawatts...

Date: 10/30/2014 | Nation & World

Dave Aldrich warrants third term on PUD

The races every two years among those seeking a spot on the Snohomish Public Utility District's board of commissioners ought to earn just as much attention from voters as campaigns for city council, county executive or the Legislature. The Snohomish...

Date: 10/16/2014 | Editorials

North Cascades are complex, precious and in peril

Excerpted from The North Cascades (Braided River, an imprint of Mountaineers Books, Sept. 2014). Lead essay by William Dietrich

Date: 10/12/2014 | Life

The Wild Nearby

Meet authors of new North Cascades book at event in Everett

Date: 10/12/2014 | Life

California mountains gain monument status

WASHINGTON — When President Barack Obama stands in the shadow of the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles on Friday and sets aside 346,000 acres as the country’s newest national monument, he will bring together two of the top priorities of what he hopes will be his presidential legacy —...

Date: 10/10/2014 | Nation & World

California blue whales back to historical levels

Good news, whale lovers: A new analysis suggests that there are as many blue whales living off the coast of California as there were before humans started hunting them to near extinction 110 years ago.Today, there are roughly 2,200 blue whales who range from Mexico in the...

Date: 09/06/2014 | Nation & World

Heavy duty weeding

Restoring Everett’s Forest Park is a group effort

Date: 09/02/2014 | Local News

New to the Evergreen State Fair: recycling, composting

MONROE — The Evergreen State Fair is going green this year.Snohomish County is seeking to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills after the 12-day event, which opens Thursday.The fair is one of the county's biggest garbage generators, sending...

Date: 08/21/2014 | Local News

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