habitat restoration http://www.kplu.org en Partnership Aims to Improve Green-Duwamish River Watershed http://www.kplu.org/post/partnership-aims-improve-green-duwamish-river-watershed <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A local watershed is the first in the Northwest to participate in a federal program that aims to connect people with their waterways.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As of today, the&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.urbanwaters.gov/pdf/GreenDuwamishBackground.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Green&nbsp;River-Duwamish&nbsp;watershed</a>&nbsp;is a part of t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.urbanwaters.gov/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Urban Waters Federal Partnership</a>, which focuses on revitalizing urban waterways.<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Formed in 2011, the federal group aims</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;to unify and direct the efforts of 13 federal agencies working to improve water quality.</span></p><p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9888 at http://www.kplu.org Partnership Aims to Improve Green-Duwamish River Watershed Critical habitat for spotted owl still vulnerable, groups say http://www.kplu.org/post/critical-habitat-spotted-owl-still-vulnerable-groups-say <p>Dozens of prominent environmental groups including the Sierra Club and Friends of the Earth are asking President Obama for help protecting old-growth forests in the northwest.</p><p>Steve Holmer, with the American Bird Conservancy, says <a href="http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-03-08/pdf/2012-5042.pdf">a new rule</a> designating critical habitat for the <a href="http://www.fws.gov/oregonfwo/Species/Data/NorthernSpottedOwl/">northern spotted owl</a> has loopholes.</p> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 21:43:01 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5516 at http://www.kplu.org Critical habitat for spotted owl still vulnerable, groups say Spotted owl recovery plan: more active forestry management...and shooting rivals http://www.kplu.org/post/spotted-owl-recovery-plan-more-active-forestry-managementand-shooting-rivals <p>In the long saga to protect the northern spotted owl, it&#39;s now officially &quot;owl vs owl.&quot;</p><p>US Fish and Wildlife says the decline of the iconic northwest species can&rsquo;t be helped without killing some of its more aggressive cousins, the barred owl.</p><p>It&rsquo;s part of <a href="http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/Service-Identifies-Areas-to-Be-Assessed-for-Potential-Northern-Spotted-Owl-Critical-Habitat-Proposes-Broad-Exclusions-Ecological-Forestry-and-Barred-Owl-Control.cfm#">a court-ordered plan</a> to increase the spotted owl&rsquo;s forest habitat.</p><p> Wed, 29 Feb 2012 15:18:58 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 4276 at http://www.kplu.org Spotted owl recovery plan: more active forestry management...and shooting rivals Pot plantations laying waste to national forests http://www.kplu.org/post/pot-plantations-laying-waste-national-forests-0 <p>With its delicate, bright-green leaves, it&rsquo;s a beautiful plant to look at.</p><p>And its medicinal qualities are well-known, but it requires huge amounts of water and light to grow.&nbsp;</p><p>And that&rsquo;s just the start of the problems caused by marijuana that authorities have been discovering growing in national forests.</p><p> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 12:50:10 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 4175 at http://www.kplu.org Pot plantations laying waste to national forests Loggers and tree huggers united: feds rewarding cooperation in U.S. National Forests http://www.kplu.org/post/loggers-and-tree-huggers-united-feds-rewarding-cooperation-us-national-forests <p><a href="http://www.fs.fed.us/restoration/CFLR/documents/2011Proposals/Region6/Colville/NEWForestVisionCFLRP2020ver2.pdf">Restoration projects in Eastern Washington&rsquo;s Colville National Forest </a>are a model for the nation; that was the word from U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack two years ago. &nbsp;</p><p>And now those efforts are netting nearly a million dollars in new federal funding.</p><p>At the same time, funding has been renewed for another project in Washington: the <a href="http://www.tapash.org/about.htm">Tapash Sustainable Forest Collaborative</a>, near Yakima.</p><p> Fri, 03 Feb 2012 20:22:09 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 4041 at http://www.kplu.org Loggers and tree huggers united: feds rewarding cooperation in U.S. National Forests More than fish depending on Skagit Valley estuary restoration http://www.kplu.org/post/more-fish-depending-skagit-valley-estuary-restoration <p>The Skagit River Valley is home to farmland that brings us everything from tulips to potatoes and berries. But the river that makes such rich soil possible is also home to all five native species of Pacific salmon &ndash; including threatened Chinook.</p><p>Efforts to restore fish habitat have sparked bitter battles in the past. Now, hopes are high as work wraps up on <a href="http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/washington/explore/fisher-slough-how-it-all-got-started.xml">a project in the Skagit River Delta</a> that has support from advocates for fish and farmers alike.</p><p> Fri, 14 Oct 2011 13:40:10 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 2900 at http://www.kplu.org More than fish depending on Skagit Valley estuary restoration