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Natural resources

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

Adapting to changes, good and bad, in our climate

Before there was a California, New England fed itself. Somehow. The soil was lousy, the climate cold and the diet limited (lots of cabbage, no avocados). At least there was plenty of water.Thanks to improved transportation, the production of fruits and vegetables followed...

Date: 04/14/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Towels, TP are new uses for wheat straw

WICHITA, Kan. — A company plans to roll out a new line of tissues and paper towels this month that incorporates wheat straw and bamboo, which it hopes will provide a rapidly renewable and environmentally friendly source of fiber for its products while giving farmers a new market...

Date: 04/12/2015 | Nation & World

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

Index timber sale will proceed after landslide review

INDEX — The state Department of Natural Resources is moving forward with a $1.2 million timber sale after taking a second look at landslide risk.The 119-acre harvest on state land near Index known as the

Date: 04/05/2015 | Local News

Oil council: Arctic drilling needed now

WASHINGTON — The U.S. should immediately begin a push to exploit its enormous trove of oil in the Arctic waters off of Alaska, or risk a renewed reliance on imported oil in the future, an Energy Department advisory council said in a study submitted Friday.The U.S. has...

Date: 03/27/2015 | Business Wire

State not interested in letting Navy use land for exercises

SEATTLE — Washington has told the U.S. Navy that it’s not interested in allowing state land on Olympic Peninsula to be used for electronic warfare exercises.

Date: 03/02/2015 | Northwest

Tree harvest held up

Conservation dispute delays logging near Wallace Falls

Date: 03/02/2015 | Local News

Feds plan new drilling rules for Arctic

WASHINGTON — Two years after an Arctic drilling barge went dangerously adrift in Alaskan waters, the Obama administration moved Friday to impose stringent safety standards on future offshore oil and gas exploration along the state's northern coastline.The Interior...

Date: 02/21/2015 | Nation & World

Study of little fish a big deal

There's a bit of tongue-in-cheek about La Conner's annual Smelt Derby, which celebrates its 50th anniversary on Feb. 28 in the Skagit Valley town on the Swinomish Channel.

Date: 02/18/2015 | Editorials

Learn about Puget Sound while helping to protect its waters

Beach Watchers is looking for people who enjoy hanging out on the beach and have some spare time to devote to volunteering.

Date: 01/28/2015 | Explore NW

Apply the lessons learned from Oso slide

Months after the tragedy that took the lives of 43 people, the Oso landslide is still top of mind.That's as it should be as state and local officials make decisions about how to prevent, or at least prepare for the next major landslide. Three news items demonstrate:

Date: 01/21/2015 | Editorials

Timber sale on state lands on hold over landslide concern

INDEX — A timber sale on state lands in Snohomish County has been put on hold after concerns were raised about a potentially unstable landslide zone underneath the harvest area.

Date: 01/20/2015 | Northwest

Plenty of reasons not to pave Mountain Loop Highway

The Herald article, "Local leaders hope to pave reaminder of Mountain Loop Highway," on Dec. 22 failed to discuss the environmental impacts that paving and required widening of the highway between...

Date: 01/02/2015 | Commentary

Lawsuit for Washington wildfire claims prepared

BREWSTER — More than 150 property owners are preparing to sue the state of Washington over wildfire damage claims that have been denied by the state Department of Natural Resources.

Date: 12/28/2014 | Northwest

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

Replenish steelhead runs with return to hatcheries

As keeper of the angling archives for the Snohomish Sportsmen's Club for the past 55 years, I am somewhat amazed by all the furor over hatchery fish and steelhead in particular. If a person is a poor historian they can't be a good fish biologist. My archive room has many...

Date: 11/23/2014 | Commentary

Blocked here, coal exports flow south

SAN FRANCISCO — When it comes to exporting American coal, the West Coast's loss is the Gulf Coast's gain.While environmental opposition has stymied plans to build terminals in the Pacific Northwest and California, the Mississippi River town of Darrow, Louisiana, has a...

Date: 11/22/2014 | Business Wire

Study finds Americans using less water

BOISE, Idaho — Americans are using less water, though people in the Northwest individually use more than the national average and Idahoans use more than people in any other state.

Date: 11/16/2014 | Northwest

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

Everett Marshland’s future a bit muddy

EVERETT — Low-lying farmland could be turned into hundreds of acres of restored wetland.Or, in the opinion of one farmer, it could be a huge boondoggle.The area is the Everett Marshland on the eastern edge of the Lowell neighborhood, on the west bank of the...

Date: 11/04/2014 | Local News

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

Film, Oct. 15 at Historic Everett Theatre, depicts fight to save wild steelhead

The wild steelhead, Washington's iconic state fish, will have its Everett debut on the big screen Wednesday, when the newly released documentary, "Wild Reverence: The Wild Steelhead's Last Stand," is shown at the Historic Everett Theatre.In this film, Washington...

Date: 10/14/2014 | Commentary

Southwest braces as Lake Mead water levels drop

LAS VEGAS — Once-teeming Lake Mead marinas are idle as a 14-year drought steadily drops water levels to historic lows. Officials from nearby Las Vegas are pushing conservation, but are also drilling a new pipeline to keep drawing water from the lake.

Date: 08/12/2014 | Nation & World

Get to know the wilderness right here in our state

What do Clearwater, Mount Skokomish, San Juans Islands, Trapper Creek, Wonder Mountain, Colonel Bob and Stephen Mather have in common?Stumped? They are part of the National Wilderness Preservation System in Washington state, a collection ranging from the San Juan...

Date: 07/27/2014 | Life

Changes rapid on free-running Elwha River

PORT ANGELES — The final chunks of concrete are expected to fall this September in the nation’s largest dam-removal project, but nature is already reclaiming the Elwha River on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.

Date: 07/05/2014 | Northwest

County removes squatters from new park, but cleanup still remains

SULTAN — Two remaining squatters were removed from a stretch of land slated for a new county park along the Skykomish River last week, but cleanup of the once junk-piled spot just south of Sultan and U.S. 2 could be delayed.Snohomish County had hoped to finish the work...

Date: 06/24/2014 | Local News

Forest board to pursue survey of slide-prone areas

OLYMPIA – Washington won’t impose a moratorium on logging in some landslide-prone areas as a Snohomish County leader wanted.At least not yet.

Date: 05/13/2014 | Local News

Timber practices need collaboration and science, not knee-jerk decisions

When I joined the Legislature in 1983, like many Democrats from Seattle at the time, I thought that the timber industry was bad for the state. This turned out to be the knee-jerk response of a relatively young man with a lot to learn. I knew little of the value that the...

Date: 05/11/2014 | Commentary

State gave in to bully

Viewpoints: At threat of lawsuit, DFW caved with a deal

Date: 05/11/2014 | Commentary

New rule: Study hazards near proposed logging

OLYMPIA — State Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark on Friday ordered expanded studies for logging proposals in areas near unstable slopes that could raise issues of public safety.Under the new rule, those applying for timber...

Date: 05/09/2014 | Local News

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