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The Planet, Spring 2007, Living in the Woods



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Publication Date

Spring 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; Assistant Editors: Page Buono, Devon Fredericksen, Sylvia Graham, Blair Paul; Designers: Matt Harvey, Joe Shoop; Online Editor: Phil Ashlock; Photographers: Brandon Henry, Todd Linder, Mark Malijan, Elisa Weiss; Reporters: Peter Jensen, Matt Lawrie, Kelly Lemons, Andrea Magnuson, Emily McMahon, Sam McNeil, Yuki Nakajima, Chris Phillips, Rebecca Rayner, Allie Rock, Colin Simpson, Andrew Spanjer

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

Green Light for Logging

Blanchard Mountain is near to the hearts of many in Whatcom and Skagit Counties. So when a strategy group of environmentalists and timber industry representatives decided to log two-thirds of the mountain to discourage development, community members and area biologists disagreed.

Sharing the Road

Once each month, a pack of Bellingham cyclists convene to ride through town. Rides like this occur across the country in an effort to promote alternative transportation and generate respect for cyclist’s rights to share the road.

Traveling Lite

The U.S. Virgin Islands teem with tropical beauty and diverse ecosystems. On her recent trip to the islands, Emily McMahon stayed in two ecoresorts where tent cottages, spring-loaded faucets and unique recycling programs aim to reduce the impact of tourism in the Caribbean

Taxpayers' Toxic Burden

The Environmental Protection Agency created the Superfund to clean up toxic waste sites across the United States. Now that the fund is bankrupt, taxpayers must foot the bill for projects such as the historical pollution of Bellingham’s own Oeser Cedar Company.

A Paper Thin Margin

Despite Western’s image as a green campus, last year the university purchased 4,031 cases of predominantly un-recycled paper. Numbers show Western can afford to purchase slightly more expensive, but recycled paper, but doesn’t plan to do so unless students speak up.

The Ballad of the Green Destitute: Poverty and the Environment

In a patch of woods nestled between Interstate 5 and Fred Meyer, tent camp residents cover trash heaps with tarps, but these nomadic citizens often find themselves more comfortable living under trees than inside shelter walls.

Sea-ing Through the Labels

While everything from apples to T-shirts now dons the “organic” badge, another lesser-known label informs consumers that their seafood was sustainably harvested. In an industry where organic practices are difficult to standardize. The Marine Stewardship Council and Sustainable Fisheries Advocates are working to make purchasing seafood more environmentally responsible.

Igniting Change

Fire retardants save lives by allowing people time to escape flames, and manufacturers drench products like furniture and electronics with the chemicals. But politicians in Washington State’s legislators concerned about human and environmental health are working to ban the polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) they contain.

Concrete to the Contrary

Stormwater runoff carries pollutants like anti-freeze and heavy metals into Bellingham Bay and watersheds. Local developers are now using a new type of concrete that absorbs stormwater and reduces contamination.

Burying the Past

The Port of Bellingham capped Georgia Pacific s mercury pollution in Bellingham Bay with sediment, a temporary solution that is now leaking. Environmental groups and Port officials debate the effects of further capping versus permanent removal.

Heritage Land

A group of Skagit County farmers works to preserve the farming culture of the valley while maintaining its surrounding ecosystems.

Green Living: Bathroom Edition

You might be thinking about taking The Planet with you to the loo. Here are some tips to keep your bathroom “green.”

If Western LEEDs, Who Will Follow?

Following student protest. Western officials decided the new Academic Instruction Building, now in mid-construction, will be built with green standards in mind.




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, Spring

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