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FRIDAY, OCT. 13, 2017

A herd of elk crosses a ridge in the Blue Mountains of Washington during an aerial survey by state wildlife biologists.

Washington elk benefit from RMEF grants 

WILDLIFE -- The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded $233,373 in grant funding for nearly two dozen conservation projects in Washington that enhance wildlife habitat, assist research and promote hunting heritage, the Missoula-based group says in a release. The grants benefit 4,966 acres across Asotin, Clallam,...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 3, 2017



Callophrys sheridanii butterfly. (John Baumann)

Butterflies benefittng from moisture-boosted bloom

NATURE -- Most butterflies seem to have benefited from blooms produced by this year's abundance of moisture in Eastern Washington, experts from the Washington Butterfly Association report. Exceptions could include monarch butterflies that may have found some of their milkweed habitats flooded this spring. Butterfly...

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MONDAY, JUNE 5, 2017


Monarch butterfly. (Joanna Gilkeson / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

The monarchs are coming; Got your milkweed?

NATURE -- With landscaping and spring planting on our minds, providing habitat for colorful monarch butterflies can be as easy as providing a healthy serving of milkweed. This simple act to boost these delicate long-distant migrants can be done on a small scale in yards...

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Summit Church has preserved the Gospel Grove between its parking lot and the Grape Tree Mall, at 1913 E. 29th on Spokane's South Hill. (Courtesy)

Ponderosa pine preservation in Spokane earns recognition

HABITAT -- Even massive development can incorporate a measure of native habitat, as pointed out by Spokane Ponderosa Network, which is giving two new awards for outstanding conservation or restoration of Spokane’s official tree and its urban forest. Ferris High School (Southgate neighborhood) managed to...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2017

MONDAY, JAN. 9, 2017

MONDAY, OCT. 10, 2016



Free weed management workshop offered in Cheney

HABITAT -- A free day of weed management workshops is set for Tuesday, March 22, organized by the Channeled Scablands Cooperative Weed Management Area Committee. The workshops run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at Eastern Washington University's Showwalter Hall, Room 109 at 526 Fifth...

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MONDAY, FEB. 29, 2016

Despite two decades of efforts to save them, spotted owls continue to disappear.
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Protected status upheld for four Washington species

THREATENED SPECIES -- Greater sage-grouse and western gray squirrels will remain on the state’s threatened species list and snowy plovers and northern spotted owls on the state’s endangered species list, according to a vote by the the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission. The commission took...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 7, 2015

A white-tailed deer feeds in a hay field along a forest on private land. (Rich Landers)

Forest Field Day geared to private landowners

FORESTS -- Forest Field Day Highlights Salvage Operations, Thinning, Riparian Issues The Northeast Chapter of the Washington Farm Forestry Association is organizing a free all-day private lands forestry event on Saturday, Aug. 15, at a Colville-area property that was hit hard by a recent wind...

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MONDAY, JULY 27, 2015

TUESDAY, JUNE 30, 2015

MONDAY, MAY 18, 2015

THURSDAY, JAN. 15, 2015

Washington Fish and Wildlife officials propose buying a 94-acre parcel in Whitman County to help assure connections to existing protected habitats for mule deer, pheasants and other wildlife.

State proposes Whitman County land acquisition 

WILDLIFE -- The state may acquire a 94-acre parcel in the Palouse grasslands to help assure mule deer, pheasants, sharp-tailed grouse and other wildlife have a corridor connecting with other protected habitats in Whitman County. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is taking public...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 30, 2014

MONDAY, SEPT. 15, 2014

TUESDAY, SEPT. 2, 2014

In this 2006 photo, Cowiche rancher Gail Thornton moves some of his cattle through a portion of Tieton Cattle Association property that Thornton’s family has grazed for more than a half-century. The property was recently acquired by the state wildlife department, which will honor Thornton’s grazing lease for another five years. (Courtesy)

Wildlife habitat, elk range protected near Yakima

WILDLIFE -- State agencies and conservation groups have closed a $1.55 million deal to secure 2,893 acres of wildlife habitat especially important to the Yakima elk herd. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Friday that the deal was made to purchase the private...

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TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2014

Wildlife lands conserved by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

Elk Foundation funds Washington habitat projects

WILDLIFE – Nine counties in Washington have been granted nearly $180,000 for habitat projects and research from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. The 2014 grants will affect nearly 1,600 acres in Asotin, Cowlitz, Jefferson, King, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Pierce, Skamania and Yakima Counties. The money...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 15, 2014

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