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The Planet, Spring 2009 - 30 Year Anniversary Edition, Whatcom County: Past and Future



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Publication Date

Spring 2009


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

Editor in Chief

Linroth, Emily A.


Western Washington University


Bellingham, WA

Production Staff

Managing Editor: Brett A. Williams; Associate Editors: Chelsea Davis, Kim Gladow; Science Editor: Clay L. Bailes; Photo Technician: Paul Israel; Assistant Editors: Kaylin Bettinger, Anne Maertens, Olivia Scalet; Lead & Web Designer: Ryan Scott; Designer: Amy Diehl; Web Designer: Ryan Scott; Photographers: Moises Rornero-Villar, Caitlin Kenney, Manuel Hernandez, Marybeth Coghill, Jordan Stead, Talithia Taitano, Cejae Thompson; Reporters: Wes Simons, Jory M. Mickelson, Oliver Lazenby, David Leers, Sakeus Bankson, Megan Brown, CJ Huxford, Gina Trautner, Chelsea Crump, David Gonzales

Photography Editor

Gershovich, Jane


Dietrich, William

Publisher (Digital Object)

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

Table of Contents

Exposing Extinction

Grizzly bear conservationists are hoping for a photo of a grizzly bear in the North Cascades to help spur interest in saving the grizzly from extinction in Washington State.

Protect and (Pre)serve

The Whatcom Land Trust has been preserving local landscapes for 25 years. Population growth in Whatcom County presents new challenges to the organization.

Why Didn't the Goats Cross the Road?

There aren't many mountain goats left in Washington's Cascades. However, wildlife-crossing bridges over T90 could help them repopulate.

The Density Debate

While Whatcom County's population grows, so does the uncertainty of where newcomers will live.

Fronting the Costs: Bellingham's Waterfront Renovation

A plan may finally be reached for the waterfront redevelopment. But before any ground can be broken, what is currently a toxic waste site needs to be cleaned up - and the cleanup needs to be paid for.

RE Stored Style

Trash fashion and recycled art are an increasingly important education and inspiration component for the Bellingham RE Store, a local non-profit dedicated to diverting usable building materials from landfills.

Logging Roads and Phosphorous Loads

An erosion problem that is a century in the making has triggered landslides that carry polluting phosphorus into. Lake Whatcom. A new proposed park aimed at protecting lake quality may only make it worse.

Diving into Diversity

Ocean Sciences: Where's the diversity to match the diversity within the oceans? An undergraduate program at Western Washington University's Shannon Point Marine Center offers students of ethnicity nearly everything they need to dive into the ocean sciences and bring needed diversity to the field.

Below Boulevard

Pollutants lurk Below Boulevard Park, left behind from decades of industrial use on the waterfront. The next step is deciding how to clean them up.

Second Nature

The North Cascades Institute has been educating youth for the last 20 years through a program called Mountain School, which teaches students to be stewards of their environments.




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, 2009, Spring

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