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Stories by Lauren Ellenbecker

Columbian staff writer

Mount St. Helens and Spirit Lake appear through the window of a Cessna 172N flying overhead May 11, 2021. Scientists reported that about 400 small earthquakes have been recorded under Mount St. Helens since mid-July.

400 earthquakes recorded under Mount St. Helens since mid-July

Mount St. Helens and Spirit Lake appear through the window of a Cessna 172N flying overhead May 11, 2021. Scientists reported that about 400 small earthquakes have been recorded under Mount St. Helens since mid-July.

November 7, 2023, 6:06am Clark County News

About 400 earthquakes have rumbled under Mount St. Helens since mid-July, the largest chain of shakes since the volcano finished erupting in 2008, the U.S. Geological Survey reported last week. Read story

Two farms in Clark County have received grants to install solar arrays.

2 Clark County farms get grants to add solar power

Two farms in Clark County have received grants to install solar arrays.

November 4, 2023, 6:06am Business

Two rural Clark County businesses are collectively set to receive roughly $150,000 in federal aid to more efficiently power their operations. Read story

Climate solutions topic of Nov. 15 TEDx event at Magenta Theater in downtown Vancouver

November 1, 2023, 5:55am Clark County News

Learn the latest and local “ideas worth spreading” related to climate solutions. Read story

Student environmental grounds helper Mitch Kothstein selects saplings for a restoration project from the nursery at Clark Public Utilities Operation Center in the  early morning on Oct. 19.

Volunteer restoration project celebrates 1 million trees in Southwest Washington watersheds

Student environmental grounds helper Mitch Kothstein selects saplings for a restoration project from the nursery at Clark Public Utilities Operation Center in the  early morning on Oct. 19.

October 27, 2023, 6:04am Clark County News

The idea of planting a million trees can be hard to comprehend. Read story

Brice Crayne of the Lower Columbia Fish Enhancement Group stands along the banks of the Coweeman River. The group is involved in watershed restoration efforts across Clark, Cowlitz, Skamania and Wahkiakum counties.

Funding Fisheries Enhancement: Coalition urges Congress to back work

Brice Crayne of the Lower Columbia Fish Enhancement Group stands along the banks of the Coweeman River. The group is involved in watershed restoration efforts across Clark, Cowlitz, Skamania and Wahkiakum counties.

October 21, 2023, 6:10am Clark County News

As Congress continues to negotiate the coming year’s budget, a local conservation organization is lobbying for changes that would balloon its reach across Southwest Washington’s watersheds. Read story

Vancouver to share its greenhouse gas plans

October 21, 2023, 5:56am Clark County News

Ten months have passed since the city of Vancouver passed its road map to drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions, and officials are inviting residents to learn about the effort’s progress. Read story

Symposium to focus on Lacamas Lake health

October 19, 2023, 5:56am Clark County News

Officials will soon gather to delve into the science and data that guides their management of one of the county’s most finicky, bacteria-laden lakes. Read story

Tornado warning for Clark County passes; storm dumped half an inch of rain on area

October 16, 2023, 7:00pm Clark County News

The National Weather Service in Portland reported that no tornadoes formed Monday in central Clark County after a thunderstorm capable of forming such a weather event was spotted near downtown Vancouver. Read story

An informative tag sits next to a recently planted crepe myrtle along Plomondon Street. City-approved trees can be reviewed on urban forestry's website.

Vancouver to use $300K grant to employ youth to plant trees, fight climate change

An informative tag sits next to a recently planted crepe myrtle along Plomondon Street. City-approved trees can be reviewed on urban forestry's website.

October 11, 2023, 5:09pm Clark County News

Vancouver may employ young people to tend to local trees as it fights climate change. Read story

The U.S. Forest Service drafted considerations to thin roughly 15,600 acres of forest in the Little White Salmon watershed, which sits at the Gifford Pinchot National Forest's lower eastern edge. Officials say the project strengthens forest health for future climate stressors.

Forest Service considers cutting mature trees in Gifford Pinchot to reduce wildfire risk

The U.S. Forest Service drafted considerations to thin roughly 15,600 acres of forest in the Little White Salmon watershed, which sits at the Gifford Pinchot National Forest's lower eastern edge. Officials say the project strengthens forest health for future climate stressors.

October 6, 2023, 6:02am Clark County News

Encouraging health and longevity of our forests may require crossing the “comfort zone” of forest management. Read story