Environment

[10/11/19] Reintroducing Grizzlies

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Grizzlies once roamed the North Cascades. Now a federal plan is looking to reintroduce grizzlies to the North Cascades once again but those living in the region or who recreate in the area are voicing opposition. Marcus Bellissimo reports.  

[10/7/19] Grizzly Meeting in Okanogan Tonight

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Government agencies continue to solicit public comments tonight at a public meeting in Okanogan. The US Department of Fish & Wildlife and National Park Service introduced the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Grizzly Bear Restoration and are accepting public comment through October 24th.     Previous meetings with Chelan County Commissioners have provided a near unanimous […]

[10/7/19] Wolf Killed in SW WA

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The state of Washington has killed a member of the Grouse Flats wolf pack, which has repeatedly preyed on cattle in the southeastern corner of the state. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said Friday that a wolf believed to be the breeding female of the pack was killed on Sept. 25. Environmental groups […]

[10/4/19] Washington Parks Finalist for Awards

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The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission was recognized recently as a finalist for the 2019 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence. The other finalists for the award were the State Parks in Florida, Maryland and Tennessee, announced at the National Recreation and Park Association annual conference in Baltimore. Founded in 1965, the Gold Medal […]

[10/4/19] Earthquake Phone App Coming

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State officials say an earthquake warning phone application should be available for download in one year. The app ShakeAlert was designed to send people an alert on how much time they have before earthquake shaking reaches them. ShakeAlert was developed by the U.S. Geological Survey and research universities in California, Oregon and the University of […]

[10/1/19] No Salmon or Steelhead Fishing on Columbia

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Most of the Columbia River will close to all recreational salmon and steelhead fishing, with the exception of the Hanford Reach. The closure went into effect at the end of last week. Bill Tweit, special assistant with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, says it comes at the tail end of a challenging year […]

[9/16/19] Goat Relocation Completed for 2019

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The National Park Service, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and US Forest Service partnered to re-establish and assist in connecting depleted populations of mountain goats in the Washington Cascades while also removing non-native goats from the Olympic Mountains. This year’s operations have wrapped-up. Deborah Kelly with the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest says 101 mountain goats […]

[9/6/19] West Coast Ocean Heatwave Concerning

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Federal scientists say they are monitoring a new ocean heat wave off the U.S. West Coast. Researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday the expanse of unusually warm water stretches from Alaska to California, and it resembles a similar heatwave that disrupted marine life five years ago. It remains to be seen […]

[9/5/19] Bat White Nose Syndrome In Cle Elum

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White-nose syndrome, an often-fatal disease of hibernating bats, has been confirmed for the first time east of the Cascade Range. Kittitas County is the fourth county in Washington affected by the disease, joining King, Pierce, and Lewis counties. The State Department of Fish and Wildlife received four dead bats from a landowner outside of Cle […]

[9/3/19] Drones to Identify Salmon Spawning Nests

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Starting this month and going through November of 2019, biologists in North Central Washington will use drones to count salmon spawning nests. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will partner with Washington State University on a research project to use an unmanned aerial vehicle to advance conservation efforts for summer Chinook salmon. They’re working […]