Top things going on right now in Washington's environment: July 21, 2017

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The Hanford Reach escapes threat from an Executive order on national monuments

Under direction from POTUS,  Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke reviewed 27 national monuments to decide if they should lose federal protections. Hanford Reach remains protected. It contains some of the most productive salmon spawning areas in the region, sagebrush habitat containing unique species of animals and plants, 150 archaeological sites significant to native tribes, and provides recreation opportunities to the state.
Source: Washington Wild
Photos: Flicker User Pfly. DOE photo - official DOE website: Public Domain

https://wawild.org/hanford-reach-still-risk

Bob Ferguson sues EPA over pesticide

Attorney General Bob Ferguson has joined a federal lawsuit demanding that Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt complete a scientific safety review of the pesticide chlorpyrifos which is used extensively on farms and orchards in Washington state.  The pesticide is already banned for use in most household products due to concerns.
Source: Washington Environmental Council
Photos: US Government, Public Domain

http://wagreen.p2a.co/KR4TFhn

If you love trails you can make your miles count through Hike-a-Thon!

Hike-a-Thon  gives you the opportunity to help protect the trails you love while you hike. Collect donations and then spend the month of August hiking to support WTA in maintaining existing trails, creating new ones, and being the voice for hiking in with our state legislature.
Source: Washington Trails Association
Photos: Courtney Baxter Photography, EarthShare WA

https://www.wta.org/get-involved/join/hike-a-thon/hike-a-thon

Microsoft goes carbon fee in Puget Sound

Microsoft struck an agreement with Puget Sound Energy that allows them to buy cleanly produced energy on the open market or construct their own renewable energy sources. It shows that companies in our region can take a leadership role in the fight against climate change.
Photo: Dcoetzee
Source: The Nature Conservancy in Washington

http://www.washingtonnature.org/fieldnotes/good-news-on-climate-front-mi...

You only have until the end of July to save the Port Gamble Forest

Port Gamble Forest is at risk of being sectioned into 20 acre plots which, if sold would cause the forest to become fragmented, increasing development and ending the opportunity for ecological restoration and community recreation in this uniquely-situated forest.
Source: Forterra

http://forterra.org/subpage/kitsap-forest-bay-community-campaign

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