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The Planet, Spring 2006, The Cost of a Forest: Blanchard Mountain



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Publication Date

Spring 2006


Western Washington University. Associated Students. Environmental Center; Huxley College of the Environment; Huxley College of Environmental Studies

Editor in Chief

Kuck, Sarah M.


Western Washington University


Bellingham, WA

Production Staff

Managing Editor: Emily Nuchols; Associate Editors: John C. Davies, Matt Gagne; Assistant Editors: Shawn Query, Codi Hamblin, Kendall Farley; Science Editor: J. Henry Valz; Web Editor: Blair Wilson; Designers: G. Brandon Allen, Tiffany A. Smith; Photographers: Laura Greaby, Nick Henscheid, Mark Malijan, Taylor William, Matt Vogt; Reporters: Brandi Bratrude, Devon Fredericksen, Codi Hamblin, Lance Henderson, Michael Lee, Kadi Matherne, Katie Mathis, Sam McNeil, Renee Redekop, Heidi Tews

Photography Editor

Huber, Chris


Schultz, Tim

Publisher (Digital Object)

Resources made available by The Planet and Special Collections, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, Western Washington University.

Table of Contents

The Evergreen State: Citizens Petition for Renewable Energy by Heidi Tews

Volunteers in Washington State are gathering signatures to put Initiative 937 on the ballot in November. The initiative would make providing renewable energy mandatory for Washington’s largest utilities, and would require electric companies to meet energy conservation targets of 15 percent by 2020.

Toxic Gumbo: Cleaning Up the Big Easy by Sam McNeil

Nine months have passed since Hurricane Katrina leveled New Orleans, but the effort to clean up the swamped city is just beginning. Volunteers from all over the country, including 23 Western Washington University students, descended on the Big Easy to help take on a difficult task.

The Bush Report

Reviewing environmental qualifications for the current administration.

Bakers Retreat by Codi Hamblin

Towering 10,778 feet above sea-level, Mt. Baker holds the second largest glacial system in the contiguous United States. But in the past i o to 15 years, global climate change has caused the glaciers to recede. How will this affect the fragile alpine ecosystem and the water cycle of the Nooksack River?

Green Living

Ideas to help you think about every decision you make, because every choice has an effect.

A New View by Renee Redekop

Approximately 4,000 new residents move to Bellingham each year. But city planning may minimize Bellingham’s growing pains by creating a dense urban landscape.

The Cost of a Forest by Brandi Bratrude

Blanchard Mountain, one of the last remaining forests between the Cascades and the ocean, is in jeopardy of being logged. The Friends of Blanchard Mountain are rallying community support to stop it, however local communities are still reliant on the revenue the Department of Natural Resources-owned timber would supply to Skagit County.

Picking Their Poison by Katie Mathis

Farmers use pesticides for perfect-looking fruit. But keeping the bugs and spots away has harmful side effects on the environment and humans. Organic farmers in Skagit County are seeking new ways to grow without exposing the land and workers to toxins.

Far from Home, Close to Change by Michael Lee

Wanambisi Wesakania has traveled a long way from his village in Kenya. He hopes to return home soon to spread what he has learned about sustainable farming.

Bush-Mimicry by Devon Fredericksen

The new Canadian prime minister’s view on global climate change is looking all too familiar. Taking a stance much like President Bush’s, Stephen Harper’s administration looks to put the economy before efforts to battle global climate change.

Purifying a New Power by Lance Henderson

Whatcom County’s 5 5,000 dairy cows produce nearly 60 tons of manure each day. But with the help of new technology, dairies are putting that waste to work to produce energy. Western Washington University students at the Vehicle Research Institute are building a purification system called a “bio-methane gas scrubber” that would refine the waste to be used as a renewable fuel.

Green from the Ground Up by Kadi Matherne

Built Green is a house design program dedicated to reducing the environmental impact of construction. This nonprofit organization, partnered with the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County, provides local builders with a method to certify their projects as environmentally friendly.




Publication at Western Washington University

Geographic Coverage

Washington (State)


Environmental Sciences | Higher Education | Journalism Studies


Student publication, Ecology, Environmental Studies

Document Type


Subject-Topical (LCSH)

Human ecology--Washington (State)--Periodicals; Ecology--Washington (State)--Periodicals

Subject-Names (LCNAF)

Western Washington University--Students--Periodicals; Huxley College of the Environment--Students--Periodicals


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