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Emily Zimri Shout Out!

Good Morning, My name is Hannah Zimri, I wanted to send you a quick note letting you know how how much my daughter Emily learned on your page, http://qlandandwater.org/departments/fisheries/marine-resources/ . She has been at summer camp the last few weeks, and she came home with a new passion for environmentalism and combating pollution. They had been doing some cleanups and education about pollution, and learning about the terrible pollution in our oceans really struck a nerve with her. Emily has been doing quite a bit of research at home and learning more about efforts to combat this tragedy- She...

More Tree Health Issues Across the State

As the seasons change and the weather warms, DNR Forest Health staff tend to get more inquiries about tree health issues across the state. Some issues such as root diseases or Douglas-fir bark beetle mortality are relatively common, while others are less common but equally attention-getting. The latter includes red and dead branches, red and newly dead trees, and impacts on trees of various ages and sizes. A couple of issues in two of our most common tree species have emerged this year, including western hemlock defoliation and mortality, and tip dieback in Douglas-fir. You may have seen some...

State Must Replace Hundreds of Culverts to Save Salmon Habitats

In order to save Salmon habitats, Washington taxpayers face a bill of some $2.4 billion to repair hundreds of culverts over the next 11 years as a result of a U.S. Supreme Court decision Monday. Divided 4-4 with Justice Anthony Kennedy not participating, the tie lets stand a decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the state was violating a series of tribal treaties with culverts that block salmon coming from and going to spawning grounds. Gov. Jay Inslee said the ruling brings “finality” to the long-running battle, and hopes various groups can work together to...

Trees May Have a Heartbeat

It seems like every day we’re learning something new about how plants, trees and people aren’t so different. We’ve already told you about how plants can hear when they are being eaten, and how grass screams every time you cut it. Now, it turns out trees seem to have a heartbeat, and they don’t even have hearts. Trees Still, My Beating Heart There is a certain rhythm to life. Humans tend to wake up in the morning and go back to sleep at night based on a cycle we call a circadian rhythm. Other patterns, like your digestive cycle and the rhythm of...

Quinault To Host 42nd National Indian Timber Symposium

The Quinault Indian Nation is pleased to be hosting the 42nd Annual National Indian Timber Symposium in Ocean Shores, WA. The symposium will be held June 4-7, 2018 at the Ocean Shores Convention Center. The theme for the Symposium is “Forests: Our Heritage from the Past, Our Legacy to the Future“. The Monday Pre-Symposium Workshops, Conference, Registration and Monday Host Icebreaker will be held at the Ocean Shores Convention Center. The Tuesday Host Tribe Dinner, Wednesday General Membership Meeting and Thursday Annual Awards Banquet will be located at the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino. Quinault has a long-standing relationship...

3 Things You Didn’t Know Trees Did For You

Without trees and forests, life on Earth as we know it would be unthinkable. Most people know that forests are home to a wealth of biodiversity, that they provide water for billions of people and regulate the climate for everyone. But did you know that they can make you smarter? Or that, scientists think, they can drive rainfall? In honor of International Day of Forests, Human Nature looks into some of the benefits of forests that you might not know about. Trees Increase Property Values Selling your house? Consider planting some greenery. In 2007, economists who analyzed home sales in Portland, Ore., found that homes with...

Culverts Court Case About Indigenous Fishing Rights

One case about replacing culverts in Washington state could end up influencing larger decisions about native rights in places like Bears Ears and Standing Rock. On April 18th, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Washington v. United States, which pits the state of Washington against the U.S. and 21 Indian tribes. The main question in the case is narrow, whether the state must quickly replace hundreds of culverts that allow the flow of water under roads but also block salmon migration. Yet the underlying issue is far broader. At stake in the case is the Supreme...

Better Way to Think About Wildland Fires

This video about wildland fires from the U.S. Forest Service explores what makes fire in the West unique, and demonstrates the importance and benefits of healthy fire to forest ecosystems. Video courtesy of the United States Forest Service Reposted by the Quinault Division of Natural Resources         Quinault Fire Protection Program

Marine Debris Tribal Initiatives

Marine debris, an increasingly important topic, has been in the news recently. Most recently we have learned about the increasing size of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch1 and research findings that state the dangers that microplastics are having on some of the filter-feeding marine megafauna2. From time to time we hear encouraging stories where communities are working towards solutions at the local, national, and international level. Tribes along the coast are really seeing these effects and doing something about it. Cleaning up the mess that ends up on coastal Tribal lands is a huge effort. The Coquille Tribe has...

Nanowood Decreases Carbon Footprint

Move over, Styrofoam, nanowood is here. Scientists have designed a heat-insulating material made from wood that is both light and strong and made entirely from tiny, stripped-down wood fibers. The so-called nanowood, described in the journal Science Advances, could one day be used to make more energy-efficient buildings. It’s cheap and biodegradable, too. “Nature is producing this kind of material,” said senior author Liangbing Hu, a materials scientist and engineer at the University of Maryland in College Park. Managing heat is a major issue in the cities we build. It’s hard to keep heat indoors in the winter and...