conservation

Washington Public Lands
5:26 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Congress Set to Pass Public Lands Bills

Hiker on Alpine Lake trail in Sawtooth Wilderness
Credit Miguel Vieira / Flickr

If you enjoy hiking in the pristine Alpine Lakes Wilderness in Washington's Cascade mountains, then a package of bills moving through Congress applies to you.

They'll make sure you can continue visiting for years and years to come. The Alpine Lakes area is actually one of dozens across the country affected by this package of bills. Senator Patty Murray says these lands are crucial.

"Designating these will make sure that they are managed and protected into the future and can't be sold of or used in ways that don't allow the public to use them," Murray said.

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Burl Poaching
4:16 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Redwood Burl Poaching Spreads To Oregon

Oregon Wild says it's spotted a burl theft in one of Oregon's redwood groves in the far southwest part of the state.
Credit Michael Schweppe / Wikimedia

Redwood burl poaching has long been an issue in the Redwood National Park in California. But now a conservation group says it’s spotted evidence of this type of tree damage in a national forest in Oregon.

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Steelhead Population
4:54 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Stalking Steelhead With Science

Crew members of the research vessel "Chasina" drop an acoustic telemetry receiver down into Puget Sound. The device will record the passage of tagged steelhead.
Credit Ashley Ahearn / KUOW

Steelhead in Puget Sound have been listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act since 2007. Millions of dollars have been spent improving the habitat of this iconic fish, but the population isn’t increasing. In fact, a lot of the fish aren’t even making it out of Puget Sound and scientists can’t pinpoint why.

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Timber Lawsuit
4:13 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Conservation Groups And Oregon Settle Timber Lawsuit

Conservation groups sued to prevent logging in forests that are home to the threatened marbled murrelet.
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife

The Oregon Department of Forestry has reached a settlement with conservation groups that had sued to prevent logging in forests that are home to a threatened seabird. The agreement was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Eugene and still must be approved by a judge.

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Olympic Conservation
4:59 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Legislation Revived To Protect 126,000 Acres Of Olympic Peninsula

New legislation could put 126,000 acres of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula into permanent conservation.
Credit Dominio Público / Wikimedia Commons

New legislation could put 126,000 acres of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula into permanent conservation.

Democratic Senator Patty Murray introduced the Wild Olympics Act on Friday. It’s a chunk of national forest land almost as big as the city of Chicago. The Act would also provide protection for 19 rivers on the Olympic Peninsula.

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Hanford Tourism Plans
5:32 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Groups Unveil Plans For Redeveloping Hanford

File photo of Hanford's 300 Area, near the Columbia River, after the clean-up of about 50 acres.
Washington Closure Hanford

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 5:02 pm

Community leaders in southeast Washington are looking to develop parts of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation as a prime spot for tourists.

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Energy Conservation
6:00 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Hints To Winterize Your Home

Most ways to weatherize a home are relatively inexpensive.
Credit Basher Eyre / Wikimedia Commons

Updating your home can have a dramatic effect on energy savings. One Central Washington couple reduced their energy use by about one-third.

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WA Political Divide
8:35 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Eastern WA's Red Counties Overwhelmed By Blue

This map shows shows Washington's political divide, at least in the open race for governor.
Credit Photo Credit: Washington Secretary of State

Last night’s election put Washington’s electoral map on display. For the most part, western counties near the Puget Sound voted one way, while Eastern Washington voted more conservative on the issues of same-sex marriage, legalizing marijuana and in the race for governor.

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Klamath Basin Wetlands
6:19 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Conservationists Want More Water in Klamath for Migrating Birds

Conservation groups say one of the largest wetlands on the west coast has been allowed to go virtually dry this fall.

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Northwest News
6:44 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Development Ban Lifted Causing Conservation Groups To Sue

RICHLAND, Wash. – Two conservation groups have filed a lawsuit against county commissioners on the Washington side of the Columbia Gorge. The Skamania County commissioners have lifted a development moratorium.

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