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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...

2008-08-07 21:00:16

By ALLEN THOMAS Odds and ends from the Columbia River fisheries realm.... Big changes are coming to the operation of salmon and steelhead hatcheries on lower Columbia River tributaries. It's called the "Conservation and Sustainable Fisheries Plan,'' and the basic goal is to help wild salmon and steelhead populations rebuild by reducing the competition they face from hatchery-origin fish. "The biggest problem is that too many hatchery fish are overwhelming the wild fish on the spawning...

2008-08-04 12:00:00

By Andrew Weeks, The Times-News, Twin Falls, Idaho Aug. 4--Sometimes nature can use a little boost. High water levels and faster flows along parts of the Snake River -- such as the Hagerman stretch below Lower Salmon Falls Dam -- is giving a boost to young steelhead trout and salmon as they make their way to the Pacific Ocean. "That's why the water is up," said Randy McBride, owner of High Adventure River Tours in Hagerman. Water levels along McBride's 10-mile float tour, from...

2008-08-03 12:00:17

By Annette Cary, Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash. Aug. 3--Dozens of species of plants that covered the Mid-Columbia before the landscape gave way to crops and manicured lawns will be grown in a new greenhouse at Washington State University Tri-Cities. "I view this as a new branch of agriculture," said Steven Link, WSU extension ecologist and associate scientist in the school of biological sciences. There's growing demand for native plants for revegetating large burned areas, restoring...

2008-07-31 12:00:27

By Annette Cary, Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash. Jul. 31--The Department of Energy will pay a $25,000 fine and pay for a natural resource expert for Hanford after missing two deadlines for preparing radioactive waste to be shipped to New Mexico for disposal. The resolution was reached in an agreement between DOE and the Washington State Department of Ecology, which regulates Hanford. DOE and its contractor Fluor Hanford have prepared 3,766 cubic yards of transuranic waste --...

2008-07-28 15:00:35

By Rocky Barker, The Idaho Statesman, Boise Jul. 26--The first sockeye salmon of the year returned to the Sawtooth Valley on Friday, and fisheries biologists are hoping hundreds more will follow. So far, 814 sockeye have been counted at Lower Granite Dam near Lewiston and are heading for Redfish Lake and the Sawtooth Hatchery near Stanley. Last year at this time, only 52 sockeye had crossed Lower Granite, and four eventually returned to the Sawtooth Valley. The run of sockeye...

2008-07-28 09:00:55

By Scott Sandsberry YAKIMA --Anglers will have the 31 days of August plus Labor Day - - compared to just 12 days last year -- in the popular "Buoy 10" fall chinook fishery near the mouth of the Columbia River, but won't be as fortunate upriver. They'll have to release any chinook they catch upriver to the Bonneville Dam until Sept. 1, and retention of adult chinook will be limited in many of the mid-Columbia tributaries popular with Central Washington fishermen. For the first time,...

2008-07-26 12:00:35

By Kathie Durbin, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. Jul. 26--CAPE HORN -- Dave Bennick maneuvered his forklift into position at the front of the rambling, low-slung house. Daniel Casati revved up his chain saw and sliced through the posts supporting the front walkway's roof. Bennick slid the forks under the roof section, deftly lifted it in one piece and set it down away from the house. Bennick is a deconstruction pro with a national reputation. On this job, he's a consultant to Green...

2008-07-25 21:00:21

By ERIK ROBINSON The federal license for Merwin Dam and three other Lewis River power projects has been renewed for 50 years. Pacific Power will get into the fish transportation business by the end of 2012. For 77 years, a 313-foot-high concrete plug has stopped the migration of salmon and steelhead in the North Fork of the Lewis River. That will change under a set of new hydroelectric operating licenses issued by federal energy regulators. The old licenses expired in 2006, and the...

2008-07-25 15:00:40

By Erik Robinson, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. Jul. 25--Pacific Power will get into the fish transportation business by the end of 2012. For 77 years, a 313-foot-high concrete plug has stopped the migration of salmon and steelhead in the North Fork of the Lewis River. That will change under a set of new hydroelectric operating licenses issued by federal energy regulators. The old licenses expired in 2006, and the utilities had been operating on year-by-year renewals since then....


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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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