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There's a saying in Alaska that when the fireweed stops blooming that the wildfire season is over. This seems to be valid for most but not every year.

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 3:09pm

It doesn't take massive flowerbeds to make beneficial insects happy - just a few pollen- and nectar-rich plants in a small area, a "pollinator pocket." Common areas such as roadsides, schoolyards and parks make good candidates for pollinator pockets.

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 3:09pm

Normally, the Kenai Peninsula seems to go straight from summer into fall. This year, however, summer has been lingering - and the fish in peninsula streams have been cooperating with anglers out enjoying the pleasant weather.

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 6:43pm

Is that expensive camera you bought last winter in hopes of becoming a professional photographer just sitting there collecting dust? Or did you just get a new smart phone and need an awesome background picture for it? No matter which device you prefer to capture pictures on, bring it out to Bear Mou...

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 2:35pm

For centuries, mankind has been the dominant species. We domesticated animals, locked them up, killed them for sport.

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 2:35pm

WINTHROP, Wash. (AP) - A 100-mile backpacking trip is a good start for sizing up a wilderness area as well as understanding what makes a century-old outdoors club tick.

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 2:35pm

Cover crops are plants that gardeners and farmers have, since the beginnings of agriculture, grown not to eat but for the good of the soil.

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 2:35pm

I can't remember the last time I fished for Kenai River king salmon, but it was at least four years ago, and then only once that summer. I've resigned myself to not bothering the kings until the runs are healthy again.

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 3:24pm

This year's Youth Conservation Corps program has come to an end. Every summer a few lucky, randomly-chosen local high school students apply for positions to help maintain the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 4:22pm

Author's note: This column first appeared in the Clarion on Aug. 14, 1987. I've edited it slightly for brevity.

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 4:22pm


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