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2008-09-03 21:00:10

By ERIK ROBINSON For an area characterized by the trappings of suburbia, the namesake creek on Vancouver's fast-growing northern fringe is surprisingly resilient. Salmon Creek is impinged by new subdivisions, roads and businesses, which deliver a year-round gusher of road grime, mud and lawn fertilizers. Yet the creek still manages to support a wide array of fish, birds, wildlife and plants. On Saturday, the newly formed Salmon Creek Watershed Council will showcase the creek's enduring...

2008-08-30 00:00:16

By ERIK ROBINSON Ocean conditions are shaping up for a big salmon return to the Columbia River and its tributaries beginning next year, according to federal scientists. Rebounding from abysmal conditions in 2005, scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say they're finding "very productive" conditions in the ocean north of Newport, Ore. It begins with an upwelling of cold water pulling nutrients up from the ocean depths. "There's lots of food, lots of juvenile...

2008-08-28 21:00:20

By ALLEN THOMAS Jerry Fritz of Portland holds up a coho salmon caught near Lady Island near the mouth of the Washougal River. WASHOUGAL - Chinook and coho salmon releases in the Washougal River will be reduced by 70 percent or more as part of a hatchery reprogramming effort to boost wild fish recovery in lower Columbia River tributaries. Releases of fall chinook in the Washougal will be cut from 4 million to 900,000, while coho plants will drop from 500,000 a year to 150,000. State...

2008-08-27 00:00:24

By ERIK ROBINSON Sea lions sit in two traps on the Columbia River near Bonneville Dam on April 24, shortly before the doors closed, trapping them for removal. The deaths of six sea lions at Bonne-ville Dam remains a whodunit. On May 4, six carcasses were discovered in a pair of side-by- side floating traps below the dam. State employees had been using the traps to capture and relocate sea lions feasting on endangered salmon at a man-made bottleneck. Federal and state authorities...

2008-08-25 18:00:23

For the first time in 40 years, salmon and steelhead could soon be swimming their way down the Metolius, Crooked and upper Deschutes Rivers as a result of new equipment now in advanced stages of construction. Portland General Electric (PGE) (NYSE:POR) and the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, co-owners of the Pelton Round Butte Hydroelectric Project, will be restoring fish passage around the Pelton and Round Butte dams on the Deschutes River through a...

2008-08-22 21:00:14

By ALLEN THOMAS Chinook salmon retention in the popular Buoy 10 season at the Columbia River mouth will be closed beginning Monday - a week earlier than scheduled - after anglers caught too many fish too quickly. "To not make it to Labor Day at Buoy 10 is just incredible,'' said Trey Carskadon of the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association. "It is absolutely killing the sport-fishing industry.'' State biologists project that at the end of fishing on Sunday the chinook catch will be...

2008-08-22 21:00:12

By Fred O. Williams A foe of a proposed apartment complex in the Village of Orchard Park has unearthed environmental concerns about the village-owned site, which is used for waste storage by the Public Works Department. Theodore Backus, whose home on Thorn Avenue abuts the site, said he suspects the village wants to unload the land in order to duck a possible cleanup bill, a charge village officials deny. "They're trying to make the headache someone else's," he said. "They don't know...

2008-08-21 21:00:21

Meeting tonight to discuss hatchery reprogramming WASHOUGAL - A public meeting will begin at 6 p.m. today at Washougal Community Center, 1701 C St., to discuss changes in the salmon and steelhead hatchery operations along the lower Columbia River. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will outline how the hatchery program is being retooled to help endangered and threatened wild salmon and steelhead populations recover, said Pat Frazier, regional fish manager. The department...

2008-08-21 21:00:21

By ALLEN THOMAS Ending a decade of negotiations, U.S. District Court Judge Garr King in Portland has approved a 10-year agreement governing the catch of salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River between the four tribes with treaty rights and non-Indians. The 143-page document will determine salmon catch numbers, hatchery production and the sharing of restrictions when runs are poor. The last Columbia River Fish Management Plan expired in 1998. The agreement is part of the U.S. v. Or...

2008-08-14 21:00:17

By ALLEN THOMAS State wildlife officials will learn in November the fate of a grant application for $739,000 to redevelop the Langsdorf Landing boat ramp along the Columbia River downstream of Vancouver. The single-lane concrete plank ramp is enters the river at the slough between Caterpillar Island and the Washington shore along Lower River Road. Chuck Leidy, regional lands agent for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, said plans call for doubling the parking on the east side of...


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Columbia Plateau
2013-04-19 16:35:47

The Columbia Plateau ecoregion is a Level III ecoregion designed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency in the U.S. states of Oregon and Washington, with little areas over the Washington state border in Idaho. This ecoregion stretches across a wide swath of the Columbia River Basin from the Dalles, Oregon to Lewiston, Idaho to Okanogan, Washington near the Canadian border. It incorporates nearly 500 miles of the Columbia River, as well as the lower reaches of major tributaries....

2012-06-15 07:32:22

Symbol: GRCO Group: Dicot Family: Asteraceae Duration: Biennial Growth Habit: Forb/herb Native Status: L48    N Synonyms:   GRNAC Grindelia nana Nutt. ssp. columbiana Piper   GRNAD Grindelia nana Nutt. var. discoidea (Nutt.) A. Gray Distribution: County distributions for the following U.S. states are available at PLANTS:ID, OR, WA Classification:       Kingdom   Plantae – Plants Subkingdom   Tracheobionta – Vascular...

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2005-06-15 14:36:36

The Short-horned Lizard is a small lizard that occurs in North America. Like other horned lizards, it is often wrongly called the "Horned Toad", but it is not a toad at all. It is a reptile, not an amphibian. It is also one of five species of lizards found in Canada. Taxonomy The taxonomy of the Short-horned Lizard is in the midst of a major revision based on recent research. As of 2004, accepted nomenclature recognizes two species: Phrynosoma douglasii (Bell 1829), the Pygmy...

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