Pacific Region Conservation

By Tom Salzer | Highlights of conservation district stories and news from Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, and U.S. Pacific Island territories.

Columbia River Basin RCPP Project in Oregon

Columbia River

Hope Island, Bulson Creek projects get state grants

Two projects in Skagit County will receive a combined $68,500 in state Department of Ecology grants.

Ecology

Drought and bugs have killed tens of thousands of trees in the Santa Monica Mountains

When biologist Rosi Dagit wants to give people a glimpse of the urgency of the problem afflicting trees in the Santa Monica Mountains, she takes them to a withering oasis in Topanga Canyon where hundreds of sycamores, alders and willows are dead and dying.<p>Just six years ago, the creek offered all …

California

HR Soil and Water Conservation District native plant sale now on

Did you lose trees to winter storms or bark beetle damage? Want to add color to your garden in the grey winter months?

Gardening

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Nevada County has been a gold mine for historians since the 1840s.<p>This history fascinates Maria Brower, a local author and historian who has lived in …

Greater Sacramento

Beer Industry Awards: Mark Ruedrich, North Coast Brewing

Mark Ruedrich of North Coast Brewing wins large-brewery award<p>NORTH BAY BUSINESS JOURNAL | December 4, 2017, 6:17AM<p>North Coast Brewing Co.<p>444 N. Main …

Fort Bragg

Find community meetings in the San Fernando Valley, Dec. 4-11

UPCOMING<p><b>North Hills East Neighborhood Council:</b> 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4. Penny Lane, Rainbow Room, 15314 Rayen St. 818-672-6674.</b> …

Los Angeles

DOE gives $24,250 to improve Alkali Flat Creek water quality

The Whitman Conservation District has been awarded $24,250 to restore and improve water quality on Alkali Flat Creek south of Dusty.Brian Bell, …

Water

New rate plan means less money for conservation district

EVERETT — The Snohomish Conservation District won’t be getting additional money next year to pay for its programs for farms, forests and back-yard …

Everett

Ecology to fund almost $450,000 in water quality improvement projects

More than a dozen locally-sponsored water quality improvement and environmental enhancement projects across Washington will receive up to $50,000 in …

Water

Grapegrowers, Napa County team up to help landowners install erosion controls

Fearing erosion of their land this winter, Napans took to the Napa Valley Expo on Wednesday morning for the promise of free supplies and advice …

Napa County

Is your Napa County fire-damaged property ready for erosion?

Napa Valley workshops on erosion control after the fires<p>December 1, 2017, 10:05AM<p>Napa RCD: Post-fire resources for managing your land<p>Napa County …

Napa County

A Decade After Devastating 2007 Flood, Black Sheep Creamery Still on Its Feet

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>Through the month of December, The Chronicle will revisit some of the people and places impacted by the 2007 floods in the Chehalis</i> …

Floods

Bumper crop of acorns going to good use

Napa Resource Conservation District’s (RCD) “Acorns to Oaks” project received a big boost this year. Nature provided a huge crop of acorns while …

Gardening

Napa Oaks II developers revise housing plan; neighbors still push back

As Napa city officials near a possible decision in the two-decade tug of war over 51 homes planned near Old Sonoma Road and Casswall Street, a …

Urban Design

California rancher’s travel plans pay off

Courtesy of Hugo Klopper<p>Northern California rancher Hugo Klopper was born in Africa but made the move to California because of the political …

Northern California

Napa County workshops for how to stop erosion after the wildfires

Workshops will be offered in December for land owners and managers on how to deal with erosion, trees and other natural resources following the …

Napa County

Bill Bonsen

William “Bill” Bonsen was such a thankful guy, it seems fitting that after battling cancer for 10 years, he went home on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, …

Napa River's 2017 fish count high for salmon, not for steelhead

Near record-breaking rain last winter resulted in a bumper crop of Chinook salmon, but not of steelhead trout.

Fish

Protecting Whidbey, naturally: conservation district celebrates 50 years

It’s an organization ready to assist Whidbey residents for free on many fronts — from how best to kill off noxious weeds to preparing homes against …

Conservation

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Tahoe Resource Conservation District is three years into a long-term aquatic invasive species eradication project on the Truckee River — and the …

Drought

Feds to fund study of toxic chemicals

Guam may become one of no less than eight sites containing former or current military bases to be studied for the possible health implications of …

Water

NEWS BRIEFS: Port Angeles Lions receive high honor … and other items

PORT ANGELES — Port Angeles Lions Club members Tom Deeney and Dan Dodd each received a Melvin Jones Fellowship Award.<p>The award is the highest form of …

The Arts

'It's not us against them': Community weighs in on military buildup

Economic growth and environmental impact appeared to be on opposing sides of the planned military buildup on Guam, but testimony from both sides …

War

Eradicate invasive feral pigs from Guam: Our View

CLOSE<p>Ordot resident Jesse Mateo captures herd of wild pigs on video as they stroll across his neighbor's yard.<p>The Navy has started a project to …

Ecology

Groups want Guam in health study on PFAS

CLOSE<p>Former Sen. Hope Cristobal, Prutehi Litekyan: Save Ritidian member Kelly Marsh-Taitano and clinical social worker Jamela Santos provide …

Andersen Air Force Base

Watershed meeting includes chili contest

<b>ALAMOSA</b> — The Rio Grande Watershed quarterly meeting will be a different kind of event on Tuesday, December 5, at 6 p.m. in the Alamosa County …

Chili

Beaumont student sweeps state speech competition

Katalina Peterson had less than five minutes to talk about how resource conservation districts can better improve their communities.<p>Peterson, a …

Education

State snafu stifles county spending

OBSERVER FILE PHOTO<p>A salmon habitat restoration project sponsored by the Pacific Conservation District was completed last year at Fred Johnson’s …

Government