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A school district declares “Treaty Day” and in so doing, recognizes one of the most important events of Pacific Northwest chronology, the Point Elliott Treaty of 1855. The people of Te’ti’sen (Ferndale) have taken an historical step toward acknowledging the rich history of many of its students and alumni. A Children of the Setting Sun documentary.

Whatcom Talk Article by Margaret Bikman

Experience International is a local non-profit, celebrating its 33rd year, that focuses on cultural and technical exchanges related to the agricultural and natural resource sectors around the world.
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Re: Climate (2020.08)

For many of us, stay-at-home orders have resulted in more time with our children and a renewed focus on the natural world. That makes now the perfect time to talk to your kids about climate change.
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How To Safely Enjoy Bellingham and Whatcom County Parks

Bellingham is home to 3,400 acres of parklands and 80 miles of trails, all of which remain open during Washington’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. This has been great news for locals looking to get outside and exercise. 
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Economic, Environmental, & Social Benefits of Recreational Trails

Washington State is home to unparalleled natural resources ranging from extensive coastlines, snow-peaked mountains, and arid river valleys. Through investments in well-maintained trail networks supported by the state, the federal government, tribes, local communities, non-profits, volunteers, and other organizations, these resources provide recreational opportunities to millions of residents and visitors. In total, residents and visitors spend approximately 292 million days per year on recreational trails to walk, run, hike, bike, or backpack.
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Other news Carbon Credits

What are Carbon Credits?

A carbon credit is a generic term for any tradable certificate or permit representing the right to emit one tonne of carbon dioxide or the mass of another greenhouse gas with a carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e) equivalent to one tonne of carbon dioxide.
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Elliott State Forest near Coos Bay, Ore. (Oregon Department of State Lands)

Pacific Northwest forests fit trifecta for curbing climate change — if we stop logging them

Study shows trees along the coast and in the Cascade and Olympic mountains have the most potential to sequester carbon.
A new study finds some Northwest forests have a lot of potential to capture carbon and offset climate change. That is, if they’re preserved and not logged.
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What is a Dead Zone?

Less oxygen dissolved in the water is often referred to as a “dead zone” because most marine life either dies, or, if they are mobile such as fish, leave the area. Habitats that would normally be teeming with life become, essentially, biological deserts.
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What is a Community Forest?

A community forest offers the local community value and benefits from the land, access and rights to the forest resources, and participation in management decisions. These forests can be managed for timber production, agroforestry, recreation and/or watershed protection. Community forests are permanently protected and typically owned by a local government or community-based nonprofit, such as a land trust.
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Killer Whales in the Pacific Northwest. Photo from National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Killer Whale Research and Conservation Program

Killer whales play a key role in the ecological and cultural fabric of the Pacific Northwest. Resident populations of killer whales in the Pacific Northwest saw steep declines in the early 1970s and have failed to recover even with increased management protection since then.
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