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The student voice of Washington State University since 1895

The Daily Evergreen

The student voice of Washington State University since 1895

The Daily Evergreen

Katy Ayers spent several hours testing her mushroom canoe on the water.

WSU student makes canoe out of mushrooms

KAITLYNN LOHMANN, Evergreen reporter October 12, 2021

WSU student Katy Ayers created the world’s longest mushroom canoe by using knowledge about different species and receiving help from a Nebraska mushroom farm owner.  Ayers, sophomore agriculture...

Steelhead and other fish bring nutrients to North Central Idaho, a relatively nutrient-poor area. These fish feed a lot of species aside from humans, acting as a key part of the ecological system.

‘We’re going to lose what it means to be the Northwest’

ABBY DAVIS, Evergreen copy chief September 2, 2021

Two regional organizations won an environmental court case last month, halting a large timber sale in the Snake River Basin in pursuit to protect endangered steelhead fish.   The Lolo Creek Drainage,...

Earthwork artist Stan Herd created the BECU crop mural outside of Pullman.

Working the fields: earthwork artists design WSU crop mural

VICTORIA GIOMI, Evergreen reporter August 23, 2021

As the Cougs roll back into Pullman for the fall semester, they will be able to see this year's BECU crop mural etched into the side of a field by earthwork artist Stan Herd.  Herd said he is responsible...

Last week, Pullman Fire Department helped fight the Bruler Fire in Linn County, Oregon.

Eastern Washington wildfire season ramping up

VICTORIA GIOMI, Evergreen reporter July 19, 2021

Two fires burning in Eastern Washington are gaining momentum as several departments attempt to contain the flames.  Lightning fires are becoming more common and are potentially the biggest threats...

Inslee declares drought emergency across state

MOLLY WILK, Evergreen reporter July 16, 2021

Gov. Jay Inslee declared a drought emergency for the majority of the state on Wednesday. Seattle, Tacoma and Everett metropolitan areas are the only places excluded, according to a Washington State...

Over 4.8 million gallons of water were pumped on June 25 for use in Pullman.

City of Pullman asks residents to reduce water use

ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter June 30, 2021

The City of Pullman asked community members on June 28 to reduce irrigation water use by 15 percent over the next three weeks to conserve water during the recent heatwaves. Over 4.8 million gallons...

Lyons term as interim chair will end in summer 2022 when Rich Koenig is set to return as department chair.

Drew Lyon appointed as interim Crop and Soil Sciences chair

SAYDEE PHOTHIVONGSA, Evergreen reporter June 25, 2021

WSU Professor Drew Lyon describes himself as a weed scientist and “servant leader.” It was through a community college botany class where Lyon discovered his interest in plants. Lyon said he was...

Nicholas Lovrich, WSU researcher and regents professor emeritus, pictured here, said there is not enough research to know the effects cannabis has on society, which is why it is important to study the drug.

Board of Regents, Faculty Senate approve WSU Center for Cannabis Research, Policy, and Outreach

ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter June 11, 2021

The WSU Board of Regents and Faculty Senate officially approved the Center for Cannabis Policy, Research, and Outreach last month, said Celestina Barbosa-Leiker, WSU Spokane Health Sciences vice chancellor...

Whitman County residents can complete a public input survey to guide the creation of the plan. So far, 280 responses have been collected.

County residents share desire for new businesses, growing rural areas

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen roots editor March 12, 2021

Public officials and community members discussed priorities to include in a county document that would guide decisions for the next 20 years during a meeting Wednesday night. Since 1978, the Whitman...

The drafted comprehensive plan will be completed by June or July, then presented to the public. Around December, it will be presented to the county commissioners for approval.

County to revitalize goals, priorities for land development

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen roots editor February 15, 2021

Whitman County officials are seeking public input to update its comprehensive plan that will determine priorities for land development in the next 20 years. The county comprehensive plan focuses on...

Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi can help plants absorb light and water. They expand the plant’s root zone and act as a biofertilizer.

WSU Tri-Cities researchers use fungi to replace chemical fertilizers

TRINITY WILLSEY, Evergreen reporter December 8, 2020

A team at WSU Tri-Cities is researching a type of fungus that could replace chemical fertilizers in crops. The team is working to see if applying inoculants that contain arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi...

The new chair will research how farmers can protect potatoes from soil pathogens, said Scot Hulbert, associate dean of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resources Sciences Office of Research.

WSU creates new faculty position to research potato production, health

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter November 20, 2020

After receiving a $3 million endowment from members of the potato industry, WSU created a new endowed chair position to lead research on potato production and soil health. The individual chosen as the...

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