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Tree climber Matt Zhun reaches through the branches of a whitebark pine to find cones.

Pining For Whitebarks: Researchers Work Across The Northwest To Save ‘Quintessential Wilderness Trees’

If you’ve ever backpacked in the Northwest’s mountaintops, you’ve likely spent some time among whitebark pines. These important trees are bringing together researchers across the West, who want to save them from a fatal fungus. Continue Reading Pining For Whitebarks: Researchers Work Across The Northwest To Save ‘Quintessential Wilderness Trees’

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The vessel Marcus Langseth in Washington state.

Seismic Research Ship Goes Boom-Boom To Seek Answers At Origin Of The Next Big One

Earthquake researchers are eager to dig into a trove of new data about the offshore Cascadia fault zone. When Cascadia ruptures, it can trigger a megaquake known as “the Big One.” The valuable new imaging of the geology off the Oregon, Washington and British Columbia coasts comes from a specialized research vessel. Continue Reading Seismic Research Ship Goes Boom-Boom To Seek Answers At Origin Of The Next Big One

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A sign on the side of trailer in Stevens County, Washington, near Chewelah off U.S. Highway 395 prompts people to report "dangerous wildlife" like cougars and wolves. CREDIT: Scott Leadingham/NWPB

A Wolf In Northeastern Washington Was Killed Illegally. Here’s Why It’s A Big Deal

Wolf poachers go mostly undiscovered — but that hasn’t stopped nonprofit organizations from putting up significant cash rewards for information about these incidents. While rewards generally don’t lead to convictions, Defenders of Wildlife’s Gwen Dobbs says reward offers in cases of wildlife poaching can help raise public awareness, “hopefully serving as a deterrent against potential future incidents, even if a reward does not directly lead to a conviction.” Continue Reading A Wolf In Northeastern Washington Was Killed Illegally. Here’s Why It’s A Big Deal

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The milking parlor at Jason Sheehan’s dairy operates nearly 24 hours a day. He ships around 20,000 gallons of milk each day. As a member of the groundwater advisory committee, he’s worked to show people the updates he’s made to reduce nitrates from his operation. He says nitrates also come from irrigated agriculture and septic tanks. CREDIT: COURTNEY FLATT/NWPB

Washington Court Rules In Favor Of Conservation Groups In Fight Over Cattle Lots And Groundwater

It’s back to the drawing board for state regulators, after the Washington Court of Appeals ordered the Department of Ecology to rework permits for confined animal feeding operations, known as CAFOs. A panel of judges ruled that current waste discharge permits don’t adequately protect groundwater and don’t take climate change into account. Continue Reading Washington Court Rules In Favor Of Conservation Groups In Fight Over Cattle Lots And Groundwater

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People jump from a pedestrian bridge at Lake Union Park in Seattle on Sunday as a record-setting heat wave blasts the Pacific Northwest. CREDIT: John Froschauer/AP

From Seattle To Eugene To Tri-Cities To North Idaho, The Same Story: It’s Hot And Getting Hotter

Cities were reminding residents where pools, splash pads and cooling centers were available and urging people to stay hydrated, check on their neighbors and avoid strenuous activities. The National Weather Service in Coeur d’Alene said this week’s weather “will likely be one of the most extreme and prolonged heat waves in the recorded history of the Inland Northwest.” Continue Reading From Seattle To Eugene To Tri-Cities To North Idaho, The Same Story: It’s Hot And Getting Hotter

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