Environment

Gig Harborites love the natural surroundings in which they live, and Gig Harbor Now staff members keep them apprised of opportunities to enjoy and preserve their forests, waters and creatures.

Plan to clear trees at Tacoma Narrows Airport delayed

Oct 10, 2023 | By:

The first phase of Pierce County’s plans to improve safety at Tacoma Narrows Airport is delayed, the county announced last month.  The cost to remove trees and erect fencing around the airport exceeded a Federal Aviation Administration grant for that purpose. The county still plans to go forward with the project, which the FAA requires for safety

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Gig Harbor City Council to discuss climate plan, trees and Masonic Lodge

Oct 06, 2023 | By:

Two tree-related issues are up for discussion at the next Gig Harbor City Council meeting on Monday, Oct. 9: The council will consider adopting an Urban Forestry Management Plan and a Climate Action Plan. The council reviewed both plans at a Sept. 21 study session and will take public comment on them Monday. Forestry plan

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Neighbors press city about The Reserve, a development planned above Crescent Valley

Oct 05, 2023 | By:

The land slated to become The Reserve, a planned subdivision in Gig Harbor extending from Peacock Hill Avenue eastward down the hill toward Crescent Valley, is hardly a slam-dunk for development. The long, narrow 9.88-acre site slopes noticeably on its western half, where developers plan to build 14 homes. It then drops sharply to an

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Jennifer Preston: You say tomato, I say tomorrow

Oct 04, 2023 | By:

In my last article, From Wanton Waste to Good Taste, we discussed how 40% of our harvest is thrown in the garbage. When edible, healthy food is tossed in the trash, it becomes food waste. Now let’s focus on tips for reducing food waste by properly planning, purchasing, storing and cooking it. By doing this,

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In the Margins: Back to school in a classroom of river, sky and maybe even some fish

Sep 27, 2023 | By:

As our summer yielded to fall, I took myself back to school. My classroom was a quiet stretch of the Jefferson River in Montana, nestled between the Continental Divide to the west and the Tobacco Root Mountains to the east. Our annual eastward pilgrimage to this region is disguised as a family obligation to help

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Grants awarded to conserve Nelyaly, Little Minter Creek properties

Sep 22, 2023 | By:

Conservation Futures funds became available to add the two properties after it wasn’t used during the 2021-23 cycle.

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Purdy project open to salmon, not yet to cars

Sep 21, 2023 | By:

As the Purdy culvert replacement winds down to a December completion, fish passage work at Highway 16 will shift eastbound drivers into the median until Fall 2024.

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Two in Tow & On the Go: Kitsap County’s Anderson Park an uphill climb for kids

Sep 15, 2023 | By:

When Gig Harbor Now’s very own Kitsap crackerjack, Mr. Ed Friedrich, in all his infinite wisdom as a tried and true local, says to you, “Yo, new girl. You miss sand? Like, real sand? Because I’ve got just the place for you …”

You go, right?

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Jennifer Preston: From wanton waste to good taste

Sep 06, 2023 | By:

When I was young, my family struggled through some tough times and we were on government assistance. I remember standing in line at my mother’s side for yellow bricks of cheese at a government warehouse. I recall accompanying her up and down the grocery store aisles as she painstakingly selected food and household supplies. She

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Two in Tow & On the Go: Views, do’s and don’ts at the Old Ferry Landing

Sep 01, 2023 | By:

Today’s column took Clara and Wyatt through the rich history of Gig Harbor’s Old Ferry Landing, from its early days as a bustling transportation hub to its current status as a scenic viewpoint and public space. It also turned them into accidental trespassers. Oops.

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