conservation http://kplu.org en King County reaches deal to preserve 43,000 acres of forestland http://kplu.org/post/king-county-reaches-deal-preserve-43000-acres-forestland <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">King County has reached a preliminary agreement to permanently protect a big chunk of </span>forestland<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in the Cascade foothills.</span></p><p>The stretch of White River Forest spans 42,962 acres — about the size of Bainbridge Island and “the largest swath of unprotected forestland remaining in King County,” according to King County Executive Dow Constantine.</p><p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 22:26:38 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 8097 at http://kplu.org King County reaches deal to preserve 43,000 acres of forestland Rent a living X-mas tree http://kplu.org/post/rent-living-x-mas-tree <p></p><p>What’s the best way to have a Christmas tree…and not feel like you’re killing it?</p><p>The <a href="http://www.streamkeeper.org/aasf/Welcome.html">Adopt-a-Stream Foundation</a> in Everett says if you don’t mind something that looks a bit scrappy, you can have your tree and plant it too.</p><p>The foundation says it rented out 100 trees over this past weekend…and they have about 100 more available. They’ll be open 9-5 through Friday.</p> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 08:50:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7397 at http://kplu.org Rent a living X-mas tree Seattle researcher uses DNA to fight ivory trade, protect elephants http://kplu.org/post/fighting-illegal-ivory-trade-seattle-0 <p>Ivory, it’s that beautiful creamy white, sometimes even pinkish tooth&nbsp;that can only be had by killing an elephant. Now, A researcher at the&nbsp;University of Washington is helping to put a dent in the illegal ivory trade in Africa. His name is<a href="http://conservationbiology.net/"> Sam Wasser</a> and he is the director of the&nbsp;center for conservation biology at the University of Washington.</p> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 06:21:53 +0000 Jennifer Wing 6622 at http://kplu.org Seattle researcher uses DNA to fight ivory trade, protect elephants Why King County held a party for a property tax http://kplu.org/post/why-king-county-held-party-property-tax <p>Celebrating taxes is a pretty uncommon event, but the King County Council did just that yesterday to mark the 30th anniversary of <a href="http://directory.kingcounty.gov/ServiceDetail.asp?ServiceID=7228">a property tax</a> and the more than 100,000 acres of public lands it has paid to preserve.</p><p>The council also made its praise of the <a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/stewardship/conservation-futures.aspx">Conservation Futures</a> Tax official with a resolution honoring those who created the program to spend the money.</p><p> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 22:01:49 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 6109 at http://kplu.org Why King County held a party for a property tax Ivan, formerly of Tacoma, dies at 50: A gorilla's life remembered http://kplu.org/post/ivan-formerly-tacoma-dies-50-gorillas-life-remembered <em>I've <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/13.7/2012/04/05/149951712/do-pet-obituaries-belong-in-the-newspaper">written before</a> in this space about how an animal obituary may help mark a life of significance. Here is my obituary for Ivan the gorilla.</em><p><em></em>On Tuesday, Aug. 21, a 50-year life that began in the freedom of Africa, included a 27-year period of solitary confinement in a concrete cell in a U.S. shopping center, and drew to a close via relaxed naps under Zoo Atlanta's sunny sky, came to an end. One of the oldest gorillas in U.S. Thu, 23 Aug 2012 18:33:15 +0000 6083 at http://kplu.org Ivan, formerly of Tacoma, dies at 50: A gorilla's life remembered Bainbridge Island in national spotlight with RePower campaign http://kplu.org/post/bainbridge-island-national-spotlight-repower-campaign <p>Bainbridge Island provides an inspiring example in a <a href="https://s3.amazonaws.com/Newenergycities/PoweringtheNewEnergyFuture.pdf">new report</a> about how small cities are <a href="http://newenergycities.org/">charting the future</a> of energy innovation.</p><p>Faced with the prospect of building an expensive new power station, the community came together instead and conserved enough energy to avoid it.</p> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 18:02:24 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5669 at http://kplu.org