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Lecture exploring pollinators and sustainable agriculture will be presented at WSU April 9

Lecture exploring pollinators and sustainable agriculture will be presented at WSU April 9

 

An upcoming lecture at Washington State University will explore the connection between bees and sustainable agriculture.

 

A free, public lecture on sustainable agriculture will be presented by the co-director of the Berkeley Food Institute at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 9th at Washington State University in CUE 203. A reception will begin at 5:00 p.m. in CUE 518.

 

The talk, "A bee's eye perspective on sustainable agriculture", by Claire Kremen is the annual E. Paul Catts Public Lecture in entomology at WSU.

 

Kremen, an authority on pollinators and particular bees, will discuss how conservation of "pollinator-friendly" habitat across landscapes can mitigate harm and contribute to sustainable farming and global food security.

 

Kremen is a professor in environmental science, policy and management at the University of California, Berkley, and director of the food institutes's Center for Diversified Farming Systems.

 

Moscow Mayor's 2015 Earth Day Awards now seeking nominations

Moscow Mayor's 2015 Earth Day Awards now seeking nominations

 

The City of Moscow is seeking nominations for the Mayor's 2015 Earth Day Awards. The awards recognize Moscow residents for activities conductive to environmental sustainability.

 

Categories include individuals, businesses, students/schools, non-profits/service, organizations/government, building/development, green visionaries (long range environmental objectives), and green neighbors (from nearby communities.

 

The concept of the Mayor's award was set forth in 2006 to acknowledge and encourage sustainable practices throughout the city. Earth Day has been celebrated throughout the world on April 22nd each year since its inception in 1970.

 

Nominations should include the names of both the nominator and nominee, contact information for both, and a brief description of why the nominee is worthy of the recognition.

 

Washington State Parks to offer two free days in April

Washington State Parks to offer two free days in April

 

Looking to go explore some Washington State Parks, but don't yet have a Discover Pass? Well, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will offer two free days in April.

 

Visitors will not need to display a Discover Pass for day-use visits to any of Washington's State Parks on April 4th, a springtime free Saturday, and Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22nd.

 

Free days are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This legislation provided that State Parks could designate up to 12 free days each year when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. 

 

A Discover Pass is still needed to access WDFW and DNR lands on State Park free days.

 

Local panel discussion focuses on breaching lower four Snake River Dams

 

A local panel discussion will focus on the possibility of breaching lower four Snake River Dams on Monday, March 23rd from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00p.m in the Whitewater Room of the Common at the University of Idaho.

 

The panel is made up of Jim Waddell, retired Deputy District Engineer Walla Walla District -Army Corps of Engineers, Kevin Lewis, Conservation Policy Director Idaho Rivers United, Sam Mace, Inland Northwest Director Save our Wild Salmon and dam breaching advocate Linwood Laughy. The event is free and open to the public.

 

“The Army Corps of Engineers greatly underestimated the costs to the American taxpayer for maintaining the lower four Snake River Dams in their 2002 study,” said Brett Haverstick, Education Director for Friends of the Clearwater. “This panel discussion is going to dispel the myth that maintaining the status quo is more affordable and practical than breaching.”

 

City of Moscow to host Palouse River Basin Adjudication informational presentation

City of Moscow to host Palouse River Basin Adjudication informational presentation

The City of Moscow will host an informational presentation by Idaho Department of Water Resources (IDWR) to provide information on the second phase of the North Idaho Adjudication preocess, specifically the Palouse River Adjudication project.

 

The presentation will take place in the City of Moscow Council Chambers of City Hall, at 206 E. Third Street, Moscow, Idaho at 9:30 a.m. on February 24, 2015. The workshop is open to anyone interested in learning more bout this important judicial process and the potential effects it may have on citizens of the Palouse Basin.

 

The session will address the history, current status, and future of the PRBA and perspectives of IDWR and other stakeholders regarding water rights, timelines, and the adjudication process in general.  IDWR Director Gary Spackman will be at the workshop on behalf of IDWR to provide information about the adjudication process.  District Court Adjudication Judge Eric Wildman will also provide comments at the session. It is anticipated that IDWR will request funding authorization in the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget to begin the PRBA process.

 

Conservation groups and Nez Perce Tribe seek to stop dredging on lower Snake River

Conservation groups and Nez Perce Tribe seek to stop dredging on lower Snake River

Today Friends of the Clearwater filed a challenge in Federal District Court in Seattle to the government’s plan to spend millions of taxpayer dollars dredging the lower Snake River and a section of the Clearwater River near its confluence with the Snake. By doing so they joined with the Nez Perce Tribe, Idaho Rivers United, Washington Wildlife Federation, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, and Institute for Fisheries Resources.

“This boondoggle is yet another example of how more and more tax dollars are spent to prop up the four outdated dams on the lower Snake River,” said Gary Macfarlane of Friends of the Clearwater.  “Little or no thought has been given to the long-term economic and environmental consequences of the ongoing dredging approach.

State Parks invites people to go ‘deep’ into Rockport State Park

State Parks invites people to go ‘deep’ into Rockport State Park

This winter, staff and volunteers from the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will offer guided hikes through the ancient, old growth forest at Rockport State Park.

The Deep Forest Experience hikes take place between 10:00 a.m. And 2:00 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from December 5 through February 15, at Rockport State Park. The park is located just off the North Cascades Highway (Hwy 20), .06 miles west of the town of Rockport.