Skagit Outdoors

Dropping temperatures, increasing clouds and the re-employment of that distinctly Northwest fashion staple — the hoodie — mean that summer is sadly giving way to autumn.

It’s a whole wild world in that soil! In a gram of healthy soil there are a billion bacteria, hundred million fungi, 10-100,000 protozoa and nematodes.

In an area where the south fork of the Stillaguamish River moves from mountain terrain to valley before winding its way toward the saltwater near Camano Island, the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians and U.S. Forest Service are working to reroute the river’s flow in order to improve habitat for fish.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is enlisting the help of hunters in an effort to better understand the extent of elk hoof disease within the state.

GUEMES ISLAND — A trail is being built on Guemes Island to provide a measure of safety for bikers and walk-on passengers arriving at the island’s ferry dock.

A $150,000 grant from the state Recreation and Conservation Office will help service hiking trails in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, including some in Skagit County.

Weather and gardening are related in many ways, and though you can’t control the weather, you can do things to deal with the weather that comes your way.

SEDRO-WOOLLEY — The trail leading around Thompson Pond at what will become Olmsted Park continues to evolve, as do other trails in and around the SWIFT Center and the Northern State Recreation Area.

A weed is generally defined as something growing in a place it is not wanted and is competing with desired plants. How do you know if what you have is a weed or a plant?

With fishing season in full swing and several hundred lowland lakes throughout the state primed for anglers, now is the time to get outside and make a few casts.

While its standing in the federal District Court case involving the historic 1974 Boldt decision remains in question, Fish Northwest has filed another lawsuit.

The Skagit County Board of Commissioners approved a 30 mph speed limit Tuesday on Lake Erie, striking a compromise between boaters and residents who live along the lake.

Perhaps you too have noticed the lack of “buzz” in your garden. It’s certainly in the news that pollinators are dying off, due to many problems.

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The start of the new year is a great time to hunt for waterfowl, cast for fish in winter lakes, and enjoy the annual spectacle of bald eagles, snow geese, elk and other wintering wildlife.