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The Planet, Winter 2007, Roses are Red



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Publication Date

Winter 2007


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

Editor in Chief

Query, Shawn C.


Western Washington University


Bellingham, WA

Production Staff

Managing Editor: Kendall C. Farley; Associate Editors: Codi Hamblin, Katie Mathis; Science Editor: J. Henry Valz; Designers: Matt Harvey, Joe Shoop; Photographers: Amy Keeling, Joel Kresse, Todd Linder, Sally Wolff; Reporters: Liz Beaulieu, Isaac Bonnell, Jacob Buckenmeyer, Kim Champley, Annalee Dunn, Devon Fredericksen, Shawn Herbold, Corina Jones, Emily Krahn, Rane MacDonough, Emily McMahon, Sam McNeil, Yuki Nakajima, Willow Rudiger

Photography Editor

Williams, Taylor


Dietrich, William

Publisher (Digital Object)

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

Table of Contents

For Salmon, Just Add Water by Isaac Bonnell

Terrell Creek, west of Ferndale, Wash, was once home to thriving salmon populations. In 1945 a dam was built to create a habitat for waterfowl, and since salmon populations in the creek have declined. But now with the help of government officials, a local nonprofit restoration organization and a Western graduate student, salmon populations may be restored.

Lesser Snow Goose, Greater Problems by Emily Krahn

Each winter, tens of thousands of snow geese visit the Skagit Valley to feast on crops before continuing on with their migration. Birders and hunters alike enjoy the visiting geese each year, but overfeeding has resulted in overpopulation and may threaten both these pastimes and the birds themselves.

From Tables to Totes by Willow Rudiger

The FoodPlus! Recycling program offers an easy way to compost food waste in Whatcom County. Residents of 15 Birnam Wood apartments as well as campus dining facilities are part of the 20,000 customers the voluntary composting program serves. As a result over 1,000 tons of food waste avoid the landfill each year.

Trashed: Whats in Westerns Garbage? by Corina Jones

A Planet study reveals Western students’ recycling habits need improvement.

Green Living: Recycling by Emily McMahon

Can that leftover pizza box go in the recycling? Learn what can and cannot be recycled in Whatcom County.

Una Flor Tóxica by Devon Fredericksen

Reporter Devon Fredericksen returns from a quarter in Ecuador after witnessing the enormous impact of the flower industry on the poverty-stricken people and the vast biodiversity of the South American country.

Food at a Snails Pace by Annalee Dunn

The Slow Food movement emerged as a refuge from the fast-paced, drive-thru world. Local ingredients and traditional cooking practices contribute to an overall slower, more sustainable and satisfying meal.

Recreations Degradation by Kim Champley

Mount Baker Ski Area remains one of the only snow sports resorts in Washington that has not adopted Sustainable Slopes, a program that lays out standards for environmental management. While officials at Mount Baker claim they are making changes to lessen the impact of the ski season, others say there is still room for improvement.

Photo Essay: Wild Winter Weather intro by Rane MacDonough, photos by Todd Linder

Todd Linder follows the extreme northwest winter weather of 2006 and 2007.

Outdoor Elementary by Jacob Buckenmeyer

As video games and indoor activities overtake the free time of America’s youth, organizations like the North Cascades Institute try to make outdoor education a priority in hopes of preserving wilderness for future generations.

Shades of Green by Shawn Herbold

Defining sustainability can be difficult when so many lifestyles are deemed environmentally-friendly. Two dissimilar businessmen take the Ecological Footprint quiz to see how their practices measure up.




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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The Planet, 2007, Winter

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