By Brian Hagenbuch | National Fisherman
Her father was a fisherman who never gave up, so was her husband. And Ellie Kinley does not plan on giving up either. Kinley is a Lummi tribal member who lives outside Bellingham, Wash. Her family’s seiner, the F/V Salish Sea, is one of some 560 boats in the nation’s largest native fleet.
Both her father and husband have passed, and Kinley now seines for salmon along with her kids, Luke, 27, and Kyle, 23. Poor salmon runs over the last few years have limited the Kinleys’ harvest. …
Decades ago, freshwater ecologist Robin Matthews started work on monitoring Lake Whatcom.
Reporting by Ben Leung
Q: How would you describe this project to someone who doesn’t have much scientific experience?
A: When I was directing it up to December of 2019, the Institute for Watershed Studies was responsible for monitoring the water quality in Lake Whatcom as part of trying to provide baseline information on a public drinking water source.
Q: Could you tell me about how you wound up managing the project?
A: When I showed up in 1985, the director of the Institute for Watershed Studies was…
By Eric Siegel | High Country News
If the dome caught their attention, the dramatic Wet Mountain Valley convinced them to stay. “We fell in love,” said Logue. “You emerge out of the mountains into the valley and the Sangre de Cristo range just breaks in front of you.” She and Nelson were unexpectedly taken with Westcliffe too — its quaint storefronts and theater, the wide sidewalks, signs for “Shakespeare in the Park.”
They bought the dome, and by March, with the pandemic raging and a divisive presidential election roiling, relocated to the valley and created the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch…
The Planet magazine stands for racial equity on all fronts and takes an active stance against racism. The environmental movement and journalism both have a legacy of and current struggles with racism that The Planet has not properly acknowledged in the classroom or in the publication. In light of the demonstrations of racial inequities in 2020, as well as in the past, including violence against People of Color and the disproportionate death toll of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are speaking up in support of racial justice and against racism, and committing to work to address these issues in the class…
In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, Huxley College reckons with student demands to make up for racism in the institution's history.
Story and photos by Emily Amos
Since the founding of Huxley College of the Environment, white faces have dominated all facets of the institution. Today, only 20% of students within Huxley are people of color. Scrolling through the names and photos of faculty and staff at the college, there is a distinct lack of diverse complexions staring back from the screen.
“There are so many [black, indigenous people of color] students in Huxley College who don’t…
An agricultural age gap may threaten the future of farming, but organizations like Viva Farms and Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland are set on saving the farming lifestyle.
By Gabriel Guevara
Between the Cascade Mountain Range and the Puget Sound, northwest Washington is bursting with rich agricultural land, nurtured by a mild coastal climate and high rainfall. But, as the average age of farmers rises, the local and regional food economy stands at risk if there isn’t a new generation ready to take their place.
Located in Skagit and King County, nonprofit organization Viva Farms is helping to secure the future…
Ravaged by wildfire, the town of Malden looks to the future.
Story and Photos by Sydney Beckett
Driving into the town of Malden, Washington in mid-October, the evening sun casts a golden glow on a small green and white sign that reads “Welcome to Malden.” However, it’s obvious that something isn’t right. Concrete front porches lead up to piles of ash and debris. Brick fireplaces with chimneys stand tall and exposed. Six weeks after the Babb Road Fire, residents of Malden are digging through the rubble of what used to be their homes. …
Today I gathered all of The Planet’s printed issues that I have dutifully collected over the years into a pile. I searched the pages for tidbits of wisdom, words of inspiration, reminiscing over my time with the magazine. I had to laugh when I flipped open to the first page of the Conservation Issue where my predecessors had mulled over the eventual day when The Planet would switch from print to pixel.
I laughed because in the end, the decision wasn’t in the name of conservation or the environmental movement like they had expected, but rather events that…
Researchers are looking for answers to the mysterious die-off of sword ferns in Seattle’s Seward Park.
Story and Photos by Emma Bjornsrud
At Seward Park, a diverse ecosystem of old growth forest, wetland and prairie on the west shore of Lake Washington in Seattle, researchers and nature lovers have teamed up to solve the mystery of the dying sword ferns.
Sword ferns, a dominant understory species of Pacific Northwest forest ecosystems, have 75 to 100 fronds that grow, pointed and blade-like, up to one meter long. Each frond arches outwards in a crown, creating a lush, round and delicately feathered…
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