Earth Day goes virtual

Photo caption: Environmentalists encourage people everywhere to honor the planet during Earth Week, a virtual celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 20-25, 2020. Credit: Kristian Fagerström, FlickrCC. Dear EarthTalk: Now that Earth Day is 50 years old, I’m wondering how it originally started and whether the Coronavirus put a damper on […]

Environment Health and Fitness

Are ‘frankenfoods’ hurting environment

Photo caption: The vast majority of soybeans grown in the U.S. come from genetically modified seeds. Public health and environmental advocates wonder whether these “frankenfoods” are hurting our health and the environment. Credit: Toshiyuki Imai, FlickrCC. Dear EarthTalk: What’s the current thinking on the safety of genetically engineered or modified products with regard to environmental, […]

Lake with moutain
Featured Northwest Lifestyles Outdoor Activities Washington

Washington’s premier drive: Chinook Scenic Byway

Photo caption: Picturesque Lake Tipsoo. The Chinook Scenic Byway in Washington is recognized as the premier driving tour in Washington State. The Chinook Scenic Byway travels through the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and Mount Rainier National Park. Major highlights 1. Skookum Falls and Snoquera Falls – Take the Skookum Flats trail off Huckleberry Creek Road. […]

Ranger station
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Washington state: what’s open, what’s closed

Photo caption: Mt. Rainier ranger station. Visitors and Washington State residents continue to be encouraged to enjoy nature and outdoor recreation close to home while the “stay-home” order is still in effect through May 31. Everyone is encouraged to follow the CDC recommended guidelines regarding hygiene and social distancing. Campgrounds, playgrounds, picnic areas, and restrooms […]

Leafhopper insects on plant
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Safely Manage Insect Pests in Your Gardens

Photo caption:  Lightweight horticulture oil can be applied to garden plants during the growing season to manage insects like these leafhoppers.  Photo credit:  photo courtesy of by Melinda Myers You plant and tend your garden hoping to enjoy a bountiful harvest and beautiful blooms. Despite proper planning and planting, insects can move in and […]