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Scientist part of call in Nature for diverse conservation values

Nature-comment-220PULLMAN, Wash. – A call for inclusive conservation published in this week’s issue of the journal Nature is signed by 240 leading conservation scientists, including Stephanie Hampton, director of the Center for Environmental Research, Education and Outreach at Washington State University. » More …

WSU wins national award for water-saving research

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Jacoby-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Water scarcity – one of the toughest challenges predicted for the 21st century – is being addressed by Washington State University. As part of a multistate research program, WSU is among 19 land-grant universities honored recently for efforts to help farmers irrigate land more efficiently, especially during droughts and water shortages. » More …

Cattle could protect butterflies, conserve prairies

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Taylors_checkerspot_butterfly-80OLYMPIA, Wash. – Carefully managed cattle grazing can improve weed control, plant health and plant diversity on native prairies, according to anecdotal evidence. However, no systematic study has attempted to track the impacts of managed grazing on native prairie plant communities in western Washington – until now. » More …

Rock Doc column: A tale of two stoves – and energy choices

By E. Kirsten Peters, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – My elderly aunt recently came into some money. She decided – very generously – to send part of it to each of her nieces and nephews. This gave me the task of choosing how I wanted to spend an unexpected $1,000. » More …

On further review, ‘green report card’ grade improves

 

 

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University looks a little greener now that its most recent grade on the College Sustainability Report Card, issued annually by The Sustainable Endowments Institute (SEI), has been upgraded to a B+ following an additional review of data supplied by the university.

A nonprofit organization that researches sustainability on college campuses, SEI this month re-issued WSU’s 2010 “green report card” sustainability grade, which was initially announced last November, from a C to a B+. The grade revision resulted from a second review of WSU’s sustainability efforts by SEI following a realization by WSU … » More …

Project could become model to help communitites

A pilot project to put fragile land into grass-fed beef production could serve as a model to protect the environment and supplement farm income.

 

WSU is conducting the two-year project in Adams County on land coming out of the Conservation Reserve Program. The CRP was created by the 1985 federal farm bill to pay farmers to remove highly erodible land from production for 10 to 15 years.

 

More than 1 million acres in Washington is enrolled in CRP. While the program has protected land and helped farmers, it has harmed local economies. With future funding uncertain, farmers with expiring contracts must decide … » More …