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Huge trees hide in secret grove near Columbia River Gorge

WILLARD — To find the largest waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge, all that's required is a drive out Interstate 84 to the many viewpoints and trailheads east of Portland.To find the largest trees in the Gorge, however, you're in for a lot more work.In...

Date: 11/22/2015 | Life

Medal honors two from state with integrity

There are names better known nationally among this year's recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, announced earlier this week by the White House, but...

Date: 11/20/2015 | Editorials

A natural conversation

Conference centers on future of farms, forests, food

Date: 11/12/2015 | Home and Garden

Tke Sky's the limit

Officials tout potential of Sky to Sound water trail project

Date: 11/03/2015 | Local News

Camano Island 3-year watershed improvement project a winner

CAMANO ISLAND — A three-year project to clean up the Triangle Cove watershed brought hundreds of property owners together for lessons on protecting their water supply.As grant funding for the work comes to an end, organizers say results have exceeded expectations.

Date: 10/31/2015 | Local News

I-1401 will go after antique owners, not ivory traffickers

State Sen. Marko Liias is a good friend of mine, and a fine senator, but in supporting Initiative 1401 he took at face value and relied on statements made by the proponents that are demonstrably not true. He is wrong on this issue, and The Herald is wrong for not digging...

Date: 10/25/2015 | Commentary

Ecotourism should tread lightly on environment

Upon running the entire 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail in record time, a marathoner broke several rules at the finish line on top of Maine's majestic Mount Katahdin. Among them was public consumption of alcohol — in this case, Champagne. Another was littering by shaking the bottle...

Date: 10/13/2015 | Opinion Columnists

We can join fight to stop poaching of endangered species

Kids love animals. And I was no different. Growing up, I devoured books about elephants, lions, tigers and sharks. Reading about these iconic species helped open up the world around me and made far-away places feel like my backyard.Fast-forward to today and these same...

Date: 10/11/2015 | Commentary

Fight ivory, other species trafficking here

We've made the point before that Washington state's ports are responsible for a major portion of the export-import business in the U.S. The combined container ports of Seattle and Tacoma are the third busiest container ports after New York/New Jersey and the Los Angeles area.

Date: 10/09/2015 | Editorials

California winemakers use less water to grow grapes

RUTHERFORD, Calif. — The grape vines that grower Frank Leeds tends in Napa Valley stand among the unheralded heroes of California’s drought, producing decade after decade of respected Cabernets and other wines without a drop of added water.

Date: 10/04/2015 | Nation & World

Sultan celebrates salmon, honors town’s namesake

SULTAN — The city is set to celebrate the return of the salmon to the Sultan River on Saturday despite the summer drought.

Date: 09/25/2015 | Local News

Ruling may have sidetracked bid for motocross track east of Granite Falls

GRANITE FALLS — Plans to build an off-road motorcycle racetrack along the Mountain Loop Highway may have fallen through for good following a judge's ruling last month.The decision overturns approvals that

Date: 09/14/2015 | Local News

Creating parks’ new stewards

Don't stow the camping gear and hiking boots just yet. As we move into fall, good weather may inspire some to stretch the camping season, and autumn can offer the most colorful time to take a walk in the woods.And there's another incentive, particularly for those families...

Date: 09/10/2015 | Editorials

Rwanda ceremony names baby mountain gorillas

Youths wearing gorilla costumes and rubber boots grunted and scampered in front of Rwanda's president Saturday during the ceremonial naming of 24 baby mountain gorillas in the African country, where the critically endangered animals live in volcano-studded forests that are visited by...

Date: 09/06/2015 | Nation & World

Have vegetable oil, will travel

Couple exploring country after creating fully sustainable vehicles

Date: 09/05/2015 | Local News

Could planting trees help to save coal mining jobs?

ST. LOUIS — Tom Clarke is planting the seed that he hopes will save, or at least cushion the fall, of the coal industry that is so tied to the Appalachian region he calls home.Actually, for his plan to work, he'll have to plant hundreds of millions of them.

Date: 08/29/2015 | Business Wire

Water-saving plan is working, but keep it up, city of Everett says

EVERETT — Two weeks ago, regional water suppliers asked consumers to reduce their water consumption by 10 percent in response to the ongoing drought.That seems to have worked. But we aren't out of...

Date: 08/28/2015 | Local News

Enough with the shutdown games

About the time kids start returning to school following the Labor Day holiday Sept. 7, the nation's senators and representatives will return to Washington, D.C., as Congress reconvenes after a recess of more than a month.It has a significant list of items to accomplish, many...

Date: 08/27/2015 | Editorials

Fund saves urban forests, too

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene stood in the forest with volunteers and other public officials among Douglas fir and western red cedar, sword ferns and vine maples, both Washington Democrats renewing calls for reauthorization of the federal Land and Water Conservation...

Date: 08/18/2015 | Editorials

Public lands benefit everyone

Every week, I see at least one article in the news about the need for people to get outside and be active, and the need for more parks and access to parks and public lands. As a veteran and an advocate for veterans, I recognize this need acutely for people returning from military...

Date: 08/16/2015 | Commentary

LED lightbulb savings outshine solar and wind power

Utility and power grid managers in the United States are learning that the best way to cut carbon emissions and improve efficiency is the easiest: Just change your lightbulbs.The nation's largest grid, serving more than 61 million customers from Washington to Chicago, is...

Date: 08/15/2015 | Business Wire

Longtime environmental activist Wendell Wood dies hiking

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Wendell Wood, a longtime environmental advocate and co-founder of the conservation group Oregon Wild, has died. He was 65.

Date: 08/13/2015 | Northwest

California drought restrictions target showerheads

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California officials launched two initiatives Wednesday to boost residential water conservation: The nation's toughest water efficiency standards for showerheads and a $30 million rebate program to rip out grass...

Date: 08/13/2015 | Nation & World

Some cities dealing with water shortages because of drought

STARTUP — People here are being asked to conserve water after one of two wells that supply the unincorporated town's drinking water ran dry. The Wallace River aquifer provides water for the wells. But it has dropped to historic lows because of the drought this summer.

Date: 08/07/2015 | Local News

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

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