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Stories by Lauren Ellenbecker

Columbian staff writer

The Park Laundry parcel is a gravel parking lot on the corner of Main Avenue and Simons Street in Ridgefield.

Ridgefield, Ecology reach legal settlement over Park Laundry

The Park Laundry parcel is a gravel parking lot on the corner of Main Avenue and Simons Street in Ridgefield.

August 11, 2023, 6:02am Clark County News

The Washington Department of Ecology and the city of Ridgefield are entering a legal settlement requiring the city to purchase a contaminated parcel and lead its cleanup efforts. Read story

A Honey Locust Norm Staff Park 
 in Coquitlam, BC, Canada. (iStock.com)

Vancouver eyes climate-adaptive trees for future

A Honey Locust Norm Staff Park 
 in Coquitlam, BC, Canada. (iStock.com)

August 10, 2023, 6:08am Clark County News

Local tree experts are planting ahead for the area’s future generations. Literally. Read story

‘Climate Curious’ group to discuss climate work at Port of Camas-Washougal

August 9, 2023, 5:56am Business

Portland-based networking group Climate Curious is calling for sustainability savants, environmental entrepreneurs and anyone interested in learning about local climate efforts to join them for “Climate Curious Goes North.” Read story

Clark County officials start project to thin forest on Spud Mountain

August 4, 2023, 5:19am Clark County News

Clark County officials on Thursday kickstarted a project to thin roughly 30 percent of forest on Spud Mountain as a part of the county’s forest stewardship plan. Read story

The East Fork Lewis River winds through the forest as seen from the Moulton Falls Bridge in northeastern Clark County.

State grant aids Clark County landowners in repair of salmon habitat

The East Fork Lewis River winds through the forest as seen from the Moulton Falls Bridge in northeastern Clark County.

August 2, 2023, 8:53pm Clark County News

Washington’s endangered salmon rely on rivers and creeks for spawning and rearing, and now private landowners can be at the forefront of the species’ recovery through a new grant program. Read story

Toxic algae advisory lifted for Vancouver Lake

August 2, 2023, 5:13pm Clark County News

Clark County Public Health lifted its toxic algae bloom advisory at Vancouver Lake following improved cyanotoxin levels. Read story

Two juvenile spotted owls perch in a tree after being fed a live mouse in a forest near Mount Rainier.

Washington Fish and Wildlife says spotted owl is still endangered

Two juvenile spotted owls perch in a tree after being fed a live mouse in a forest near Mount Rainier.

August 2, 2023, 5:38am Clark County News

Washington’s northern spotted owl populations continue to decline despite decades of conservation efforts, leading the state Department of Fish and Wildlife to recommend keeping it listed as endangered. Read story

Homes in Lacamas Shores, left, are visible through the neighborhood's overgrown biofilter near Lacamas Lake, right.

Lacamas Shores biofilter dispute divides neighbors in Camas

Homes in Lacamas Shores, left, are visible through the neighborhood's overgrown biofilter near Lacamas Lake, right.

July 27, 2023, 6:05am Clark County News

Earlier this month, a Clark County Superior Court judge ruled that a Camas homeowners’ association violated its covenants by failing to maintain a biofilter, which the complainant argues is polluting Lacamas Lake. Read story

Abnormal dryness and hot temperatures persist in the Pacific Northwest, posing significant wildfire risk and changing reservoir operations. And the summer is only half over.

Dryness, heat fuel Northwest wildfire risk

Abnormal dryness and hot temperatures persist in the Pacific Northwest, posing significant wildfire risk and changing reservoir operations. And the summer is only half over.

July 27, 2023, 6:01am Clark County News

Abnormal dryness and hot temperatures are persisting in the Pacific Northwest, presenting significant wildfire risk and, in some areas, shifting water operations. Read story

A four-alarm fire at a former Kmart store in Portland caused neighbors to be concerned about asbestos and other pollution.

Camas company Argos Scientific is a leader in monitoring air pollution

A four-alarm fire at a former Kmart store in Portland caused neighbors to be concerned about asbestos and other pollution.

July 26, 2023, 6:04am Business

When Don Gamiles discovered a former Kmart in northeast Portland was burning early July 19, he and a colleague loaded every piece of air monitoring technology they could and bolted from their Camas office. Read story