Month: August 2018

The author's coworker ankle high in a lake peering into a trap.

Working in the Field as a Restoration Ecologist

So much of the Pacific Northwest’s public lands and backcountry are located east of the Cascades. With the help of five outdoor enthusiasts, some who make their living out in the woods, we explore the diverse ways people work and play across the Inland Northwest’s vast wildlands. Their stories offer behind-the-scenes insights into the wild …

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2018 SpokeFest Bicycle Education Grant Awarded To Friends of the Centennial Trail

The Friends of the Centennial Trail (FCT) has been selected as the recipient of the SpokeFest Bicycle Education and Safety grant in the amount of $5,000. Wheel Sport Bicycles is the grant sponsor for this combined 2017-2018 award. With this grant and matching funds from the FCT, wayfinding and safety upgrades will be made to the …

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Photo of angler along shorel.

Off the Grid Angling

So much of the Pacific Northwest’s public lands and backcountry are located east of the Cascades. With the help of five outdoor enthusiasts, some who make their living out in the woods, we explore the diverse ways people work and play across the Inland Northwest’s vast wildlands. Their stories offer behind-the-scenes insights into the wild …

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Photo of watermelon snow in foreground with mountain peaks in the background.

The Living Snow Project at Western Washington University

The goal of the Living Snow Project is to better understand the distribution, abundance, and diversity of snow algae (often called “watermelon snow”) in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. The LSP is based in the laboratory of Dr. Robin Kodner at Western Washington University but it’s a unique project because it is driven by the …

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Photo of ice worms on snow.

Glacier Ice Worms: What Are They and Where to Find Them

My partner John and I were planning to camp at Ingraham Flats, a nice bench on the Ingraham Glacier at 11,000 feet, just above Mount Rainier’s Camp Muir. We hoped to get a head start on the crowds eyeing the Disappointment Cleaver, Rainier’s busiest climbing route, the following morning. It was getting late—almost time for …

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