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Investigate West: Nearly 1 million Washington homes are at risk from wildfires; here’s why we’re not winning the fire fight

Intentional burning of underbrush and dead trees – “prescribed fire” to those who practice it – is increasingly regarded as the key tool in making combustible forests fire-resistant and heading off “megafires.” But the technique is rarely used in the West, and prescribed fire rates actually decreased in the Northwest over the past two decades, one study showed.

Sue Lani Madsen: Focus on climate comes at cost of ensuring seismic safety in schools

Inslee’s proposed $273 million in spending on programs to potentially impact climate change this century. His supplemental budget request for protecting children and teachers in seismically unsafe schools is $10 million. And that’s only 40% of what Chris Reykdahl, state superintendent of public instruction, requested in his letter to the governor.

DNR adopts plan for marbled murrelet

The state Board of Natural Resources on Tuesday adopted a long-term conservation plan for the marbled murrelet, a threatened seabird that has been protected under a controversial interim plan for almost two decades.

Many schools in Washington at risk from earthquakes

Many of Washington’s public schools are at risk of serious damage in an earthquake, with the older buildings among the most vulnerable, a new study ordered by the Legislature said.

Josh Mills: Support bipartisan public lands bill

Right now, our congresswoman, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, has the chance to support public lands, outdoor recreation and our Inland Northwest region by voting yes on S. 47, the bipartisan Natural Resources Management Act that recently cleared the U.S. Senate 92-8.

Big Alaskan land giveaway tucked into sweeping conservation bill

On Tuesday, the Senate passed the biggest conservation bill in years. The Natural Resources Management Act of 2019, S. 47, swells with more than 100 combined pieces of legislation related to public lands, water and natural resources. Many environmentalists are happy: Wins for public lands and wildlife have been scarce in recent years under an alternately hostile and sclerotic GOP-controlled Congress. The bill is expected to sail through the House.