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‘Treemageddon’ storm shifts to Arbor Day

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A giant spruce tree knocked down by the Nov. 17 windstorm in Spokane. (Photo by Tim Kohlhauff, WSU)

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

SPOKANE, Wash. – Spokane will observe a bittersweet National Arbor Day this Friday, April 29. Not only is the ponderosa pine its official tree, but the city has been declared a Tree City USA for 12 years in a row by the National Arbor Foundation. » More …

Photos: Overnight winds split trees, scatter shingles

PULLMAN, Wash. — Due to power outages caused by high winds overnight, Washington State University Pullman classes and non-essential services were suspended today until 1 p.m. » More …

WSU Puyallup to get “Green” retrofit

PUYALLUP – The City of Puyallup in partnership with WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center has been awarded a $1 million grant to retrofit the WSU Puyallup campus to significantly reduce stormwater runoff. Stormwater runoff is a major source of pollutants in salmon-bearing waterways and ultimately in Puget Sound.

The project will employ “green” development practices including installation of permeable paving surfaces and stormwater bioretention facilities. The grant was awarded by the Washington State Department of Ecology and supported by the Puyallup Tribe. WSU will provide matching funds.

The retrofit project includes a significant research and monitoring component to measure the effectiveness of various low … » More …

Mixed messages left as winter fades away

 

Just when everyone thought winter had left and spring was here to stay, Pullman residents woke up to a ground covered in snow.  The week’s forecast has a bit of snow for Wednesday, but Thursday and Friday are looking better with a high of 47 and a low of 34 degrees. 

 


The snowdrop flowers (above) were seen outside Avery Hall on Feb. 29. (Photo courtesy of Tim Marsh, University Relations.) 

 

According to the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil’s shadow, we still have a few more weeks of winter.

 

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Pharmacy faculty assist community

In early February, the Spokane Regional Health District called two WSU College of Pharmacy faculty members into action after a county declared state of emergency closed all county roads in southern and west Spokane County due to heavy snow.

“This was about a partnership that WSU College of Pharmacy has had with the community for years,” said Dr. Colleen Terriff, associate professor of Pharmacy at WSU Spokane. “People from the community call, state the problem, and together we find a solution.”

Terriff was phoned by Spokane Regional Health District Emergency Management Coordinator John VanSant and asked to get involved in creating a plan for … » More …

Extension hosts forest practices workshops

CHELAN – WSU Extension and the state Department of Natural Resources Small Forest Landowner Office have teamed up to offer two sets of workshops around the state for small forest landowners.

The first round of meetings will focus on educating the forestry community on DNR’s new program allowing applications for long-term forest practice permits valid for up to 15 years. The program is expected to ease the paperwork burden and allow more flexibility in timing harvests.

 

However, DNR officials say the process for filing will be much different than … » More …