conservation

Wolf Kill Order
6:19 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Wolf Kill Order Re-Issued For Washington's Wedge Pack

Photo by: Gunnar Ries Amphibol Wikimedia Commons

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has re-issued the kill order for four wolves in a pack in the Northeastern corner of the state. Starting Wednesday marksmen will take to the field, Ashley Ahearn reports.

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Forest Health
6:18 am
Fri August 31, 2012

The Northwest’s Eastside Forests Are Sick, Scientists Look For Ways To Restore Them

Karen Ripley, a manager with Washington's Department of Natural Resources, stands in in a dry pine and fir forest near Liberty, Wash.
Photo by Anna King Northwest News Network

This week fire crews declared the Taylor Bridge fire 100-percent contained. Now that the massive blaze in central Washington is controlled forest scientists say Northwest residents should brace for more large fires like this. Munching insects, parasitic plants and global climate change are part of the problem. Correspondent Anna King reports from the field with one of Washington’s top forest managers.

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Wolf Pack Reprieve
6:05 am
Fri August 31, 2012

4 Wolves Get A Reprieve From Government Kill Order

State officials have called off orders to kill four members of a wolf pack in Northeastern Washington. Ashley Ahearn reports.

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Idaho Wildlife Summit
6:47 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Idaho Wildlife Summit Considered A Success

Attendees at a lecture during the Idaho Wildlife Summit.
Photo by Aaron Kunz EarthFix

Idaho’s Fish and Game Department told stakeholders this weekend they are losing funding for valuable wildlife conservation programs. This weekend’s public summit was held to get some help from the people they serve. Earthfix reporter Aaron Kunz explains.

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Salmon Festival
6:43 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Sawtooth Salmon Festival Highlights Idaho's Protected Salmon

EarthFix Reporter Aaron Kunz with intern Annie Morrison, dressed up as Lonesome Larry.
Photo by Aaron Kunz EarthFix

The annual Sawtooth Salmon Festival brought in many visitors to Stanley in central Idaho this weekend. That’s despite a nearby wildfire that’s brought in smoke to the area.

The festival coincides with the return of sockeye and chinook salmon to the Stanley area. So far 160 sockeye have arrived so far. That’s down from the hundreds that showed up last year.

Annie Morrison is an intern at Idaho Rivers United, which organized the event. She says festival goers got a chance to see salmon spawning.

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Idaho's Salmon River Restoration
4:51 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

America's Great Outdoors Project Underway In Idaho

Anne Castle, an Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Interior, visited Idaho a few days ago.
Aaron Kunz Boise State Public Radio

Restoration work to make a section of Idaho’s Salmon River better for salmon and steelhead is about to get underway. It’s also the focus of a nationwide campaign dedicated to conservation.

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Chimpanzee Sanctuary
5:51 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Chimpanzee Sanctuary Just Barely Survives Kittitas Wildfire

Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest executive director Sarah Baeckler looks at the partially charred outdoor chimp enclosure.
Photo by Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Firefighters on the scene of a destructive wildfire in central Washington are hoping to make major progress Wednesday toward containment of the blaze. The Kittitas County sheriff's office estimates more than 70 homes and cabins have been destroyed. The fire has chased hundreds of people from their homes. Amidst the ashes, correspondent Tom Banse found one unusual story of survival.

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Wildlife Drone Monitoring
6:08 am
Tue July 24, 2012

ODFW to Launch Unmanned Drone on Oregon Coast

Wildlife officials plan to launch an unmanned aircraft on the Oregon coast. They hope the drone will allow them to monitor seabird populations on hard-to-reach rocky islands that serve as nesting grounds. KLCC’s Jes Burns reports.

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Gillnet Fishing
6:14 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Campaign Says Gillnet Ban Heading To Oregon Ballot

Oregon voters likely will decide this fall whether to ban gillnet fishing in the Columbia River and other state waters. Campaigners say they turned in enough signatures
Monday to qualify their gillnet ban as a ballot measure in the November election. Oregon requires more than 87,000 valid signatures on petitions for initiatives that change state law.

Eric Stachon is spokesman for the Stop Gillnets Now Coalition. He says the group turned in more than 138-thousand signatures to the Oregon Secretary of State.

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Pygmy Rabbit Breeding
6:51 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Pygmy Rabbits Successful Breeding A Step Forward

Pygmy rabbits are the smallest rabbits in North America.
Photo courtesy Oregon Zoo

It’s been a decade-long struggle for Washington’s pygmy rabbits. The palm-sized bunnies have been all but wiped out from the state. And efforts to breed them in captivity were failing. So, biologists are now attempting to breed the rabbits in their natural habitat. Reporting for EarthFix, Courtney Flatt explains, the pygmy rabbits are finally doing what rabbits are supposed to do.

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