September 26, 2017

Summer passes by so quickly sometimes that we fail to fully appreciate it. However, this summer was tough on many levels. Fires surrounded us in the valley, and for some more than others, hit too close to home. Our neighbors to the south suffered flooding and major des...

August 12, 2017

Trees are always on my mind. As a kid, I climbed a lot of them. I suppose the love affair began with that. Most of us know the forests of the world provide the oxygen we breathe. Many know trees prevent soil erosion and landslides, absorb solar energy, carbon dioxide a...

June 24, 2017

KEEN connects us living in Kittitas county to the environment through the hosting of community events throughout the year. Events such as KEEN’s Ponds to Pines summer camp, younger members of the community are able to connect to the natural world while having fun.

Our S...

May 20, 2017

I remember three distinct moments from my five summers at camp.

I was 11 during my first summer, new to the camp experience and ready for adventure. At the end of the two weeks, I was on the top of a slab of rock I’d been struggling to climb for days, my grin beaming ou...

April 22, 2017

If you value and want to preserve the earth, where would you choose to live to make the least impact? A rural area or an urban area? That’s the million-dollar question. As the Daily Record recently reported, Kittitas County is now in the top 10 fastest growing counties...

March 18, 2017

Shrub-steppe communities form the iconic western landscape of open sagebrush plains, rim rock, and tumbleweeds. The shrub-steppe is a semi-arid plant community of perennial bunch grass, forbs and intermittent shrubs rooting out of its characteristic deep-soil.

Our shrub...

February 18, 2017

On Jan. 28, local businesses and special-interest groups gathered at the Hal Holmes Center to interact with our community on subjects of environmental education and sustainably-sourced goods and services.

Previously known as E3, Kittitas Environmental Education Network’...

January 15, 2017

As much as I do it to educate others, I work with KEEN to educate myself about the environment.  We live in a very special place.  The Cascades, the Yakima River, the shrub-steppe and its plant and animal life, the rocks and the soil, the labor of generations of farm a...

December 9, 2016

In the Kittitas Valley, we are losing our ecological services.  Our native pollinators are in decline, our soils are becoming compacted and alkaline, and we have seasonal soil erosion and flooding.  Exotic invasive plants such as cheat grass and knapweed have invaded o...

According to recent population projections, Central Washington’s population may increase by as much as 20% in the next decade. (Kittitas County alone has had a population increase of almost 17% in the previous decade). A growing population brings unique resource manage...