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The Planet, Spring 2019, The Growth Issue



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Publication Date

Spring 2019


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

Editor in Chief

Dietzel, Emily


Western Washington University


Bellingham, WA

Production Staff

Managing Editor: Emily McLaughlin; Editors: Hannah Prather, Schuyler Shelloner, Madeleine Jeffers; Science Editor: Joshua Diaz; Designers: Andy Lai, Finn Plager, Nick Pinkham ; Writers: Liam Bateman, Becca Dudek, Daphne Hulse, Questen Inghram, Melody Kazel, Olivia Marsh, Michelle McDanielle, Nate Sanford, Joe Shugart; Photographers: Lee Deustch, Lavee Hess, Isabel Lay, Merrideth McDowell

Photography Editor

Gabrielson, Hannah


Warren Cornwall

Publisher (Digital Object)

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

Table of Contents

Packing Up the Boxxes

After spending two generations creating a thriving community-oriented farm, the Boxx family is preparing for their next adventure, in the hopes that someone else will pick up their berry flats and continue their legacy.

Long Live the Monarch

With monarch butterfly populations dwindling, scientists and conservationists alike are struggling to decide how to protect them. An endangered species designation may protect their habitat, but it could also make them harder to study for citizen scientists.

Another Dam Story

The Elwha River may never be the same as it was before the dams, but as the site of the nation’s largest dam removal, it could serve as a success story which may inspire others to action.

Invasion of the Habitat Snatchers

Highly versatile invasive species are relentlessly making their way towards Washington State’s water sources, accompanied by a seemingly invincible tiny snail.

Holey Turtles!

As the endangered western pond turtle’s population slowly recovers thanks to the efforts of Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo and others, a mysterious new fungus threatens their survival.

Shots Fired

With measles on the rise in Washington State after their eradication in 2000, some believe the growing anti-vaccination movement is to blame. Brooke Fotheringham, a former antivaccination advocate shares her experiences in the community, and the aftermath of leaving it behind.

Geologic Friction

Just 20 years ago, geologist Myrl Beck’s research on Mount Stuart uncovered evidence that could force geologists to rethink the way the tectonic formations of the Pacific Northwest were created. Now retired, his research is being carried on by Western Washington University geologist Bernie Housen.

The Diobsud Duo

After 90 years of absence in Western Washington, the first pair of grey wolves, called the Diobsud Creek pack, have made their home on the west side of the Cascade Mountains. Scientists, local residents and state officials alike wonder what this reintroduction will mean for the ecosystems and people of the Pacific Northwest.

On the Back Burner

In the city of Leavenworth, Washington fire is an increasingly familiar visitor, one which residents Ross Frank and John Callahan are working hard to prepare for.




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

Subject-Names (LCNAF)

Western Washington University; Huxley College of the Environment.


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The Planet, 2019, Spring

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