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Public trails will be built on the 60-acre property adjacent to the undeveloped Haley State Park land. “It’s what a Northwest forest should look like.” more
The rubber boa is a non-venomous, constrictor snake native to the American West, known for its smooth, velvety skin, slow-moving behavior, and unique defensive tactics. more
Wauna resident Bruce Murray has officially adopted the spit under the Adopt-a-Highway Program, which has sponsors for vegetation management as well as trash pickup. more
Four parcels donated to Great Peninsula Conservancy extend the preserve to the Pitt Passage shoreline. more
Watch a nettle emerge from the spring soil and tell me it doesn’t remind you of a butterfly crawling from its chrysalis. more
It was around New Year’s when Adam DeLeo made the discovery. Cabin fever propelled him into a local forest he had only visited once or twice and wanted to know better. more
Forestry education is coming to the Key Peninsula. Washington State University’s extension forestry service will offer its flagship nine-week forest stewardship course to local landowners. more
“This is crazy,” Amy Amos keeps saying as we wade up Little Minter Creek, stepping over logs and bundles of willow branches until we are directly under the Key Peninsula Highway. more
It is past midnight. A full moon struggles to cut through the mist that rises from Henderson Bay. The night’s work has just wrapped, and though we are stiff and half-frozen, a little jackknife has the naturalists I’m with in stitches. more
A new chapter has begun for an old farmhouse at the head of Glen Cove. more
For all our handwringing about the sun and what it is or isn’t doing, it is the moon, lustrous and unsought, that has the power to haunt the mind’s eye. more
Restoration of salmon habitat at Whiteman Cove is set to begin in 2024, following a $6.9 million appropriation in the state capital budget. more
It is November. Gullies are soggy. The exact edges of creeks are hard to define. The last leaves are limp yellow rags that drag across my shoulders as I make my way downhill. more
Dusk, late summer. A deer works the edge of the pasture. A lonely frog, peeping, is answered by a cricket. As the light slips, a bat skitters in and out of the shrinking circle I can see. more
The bones look like driftwood from a distance, half-submerged at the high tide line. Binoculars reveal them to be ancient stone artifacts. Or so it seems. This whale carcass is hard to believe. … more
Last month my wife was attacked while running near our home in Lakebay. It was dusk. She had just left the paved county road for a forest road when she felt something grab her hair and yank upward. … more
It is a joy to come across a wasp like this. In the matted thick grass where my pasture will flood in winter, it dances along the stalks, wings flashing, blue-black body orienting this way and that. … more
Last October, for the first time in recent memory, a bear paid a visit to Herron Island. By the time word got out and folks went looking, it was nowhere to be found, swum back to the mainland. … more
Venus has phases, like the moon. Our neighbor planet is putting on a show these days, high in the western sky, the first point of light to appear as sunset fades. On June 4 it will reach its greatest … more
For Jim Watts, spring means time on the road with hundreds of thousands of bees in his truck. One by one he visits an ever-growing list of home orchards, hobby farms, clearcuts and gardens. At each, … more
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