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Stories by Lauren Ellenbecker

Columbian staff writer

Crews are creating contingency lines around fires in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest to act as a safety net in case they grow, something fire managers say is unlikely thanks to cool, wet weather.

Firefighters remain vigilant as Cowlitz Complex Fire slows, weather cools

Crews are creating contingency lines around fires in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest to act as a safety net in case they grow, something fire managers say is unlikely thanks to cool, wet weather.

September 20, 2023, 4:39pm Clark County News

Nearly a month has passed since a lightning storm rolled through the region, sparking more than 40 fires across the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Now, that number has dwindled to 30. Read story

Salmon swim around Tuesday as seen from a fish ladder viewing window at the Washington Shore Bonneville Dam Visitor Center. Fish viewing season lasts until mid-November, according to the Visitor Center's website.

Clark County salmon recovery groups get $1 million in grants

Salmon swim around Tuesday as seen from a fish ladder viewing window at the Washington Shore Bonneville Dam Visitor Center. Fish viewing season lasts until mid-November, according to the Visitor Center's website.

September 19, 2023, 6:09pm Clark County News

As salmon and steelhead populations dwindle amid habitat degradation and climatic changes, local watershed groups are etching a path to recovery. Read story

U.S. Forest Service offers free access Sept. 30 for Public Lands Day

September 16, 2023, 5:57am Clark County News

In celebration of the 30th annual National Public Lands Day, the U.S. Forest Service will waive recreation fees at most day-use sites on Sept. 30 across the locations it manages. Read story

Sydney Bennett, customer success manager for Divert, left, brings a donated food box to Casey Shea, director of industrial solutions, after the groundbreaking of the company's new integrated diversion and energy facility in Longview. The operation will transform surplus food from Washington and Oregon producers and manufacturers into renewable natural gas. At top, Divert celebrated the groundbreaking of the company's 66,000-square-foot facility in Longview on Thursday morning.

Facility planned for Longview will convert surplus food into carbon-negative renewable energy

Sydney Bennett, customer success manager for Divert, left, brings a donated food box to Casey Shea, director of industrial solutions, after the groundbreaking of the company's new integrated diversion and energy facility in Longview. The operation will transform surplus food from Washington and Oregon producers and manufacturers into renewable natural gas. At top, Divert celebrated the groundbreaking of the company's 66,000-square-foot facility in Longview on Thursday morning.

September 13, 2023, 6:07am Business

A company aiming to redirect a torrent of food from hitting the landfill and, instead, turn it into energy is moving to Southwest Washington. Read story

Cowlitz Complex Fire containment at 12%

September 12, 2023, 5:55am Clark County News

More than 300 personnel continue to fight dozens of fires in the northern portion of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, where containment had reached 12 percent by Monday. Read story

State acquires 54 acres of land in Clark, Cowlitz counties

September 9, 2023, 5:34am Clark County News

State acquires 54 acres of land in Clark, Cowlitz Read story

Forest Service weighs plan for Lewis River Recreation Area

September 8, 2023, 5:00am Clark County News

Forest Service weighs plan for Lewis River use Read story

Hockinson Heights Elementary School fifth graders Kevin Brown, with sunflowers from left, Perry Burnham, Charlie O'Donnell Munson-Young, and Bear Ricks, all 10, show Gov. Jay Inslee the recycling area in their cafeteria as he toured their school.

Hockinson school showcases sustainability as Gov. Inslee visits

Hockinson Heights Elementary School fifth graders Kevin Brown, with sunflowers from left, Perry Burnham, Charlie O'Donnell Munson-Young, and Bear Ricks, all 10, show Gov. Jay Inslee the recycling area in their cafeteria as he toured their school.

September 6, 2023, 7:37pm Clark County News

Early Wednesday morning, a handful of the world’s green leaders showcased their climate-forward projects to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. Read story

Drawdown planned for Lacamas Lake project

September 6, 2023, 5:56am Clark County News

Lacamas Lake is going down. Literally. Read story

On Wednesday, the Rocky Mountain Area Incident Management Team 2 assumed command of the Cowlitz Complex wildfire.

Cowlitz Complex Fires grow over holiday weekend

On Wednesday, the Rocky Mountain Area Incident Management Team 2 assumed command of the Cowlitz Complex wildfire.

September 5, 2023, 1:42pm Clark County News

Personnel have contained 8 percent of the Cowlitz Complex Fires, dozens of blazes that encompass 697 acres within the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Read story