Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times

Lynda V. Mapes

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Seattle, WA, United States

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Past articles by Lynda:

Salmon parks: Inside a movement to conserve Pacific Northwest old growth

Tribal leaders want to establish salmon parks on the west side of Vancouver Island to protect the land and water and the forests that give them life. → Read More

WA to preserve 10,000 acres of trees to sell as carbon credits to polluters

Money from sales in these forests will compensate beneficiaries of state trust lands, including the school construction fund, hospital districts and more. → Read More

Last remaining southern resident orca in captivity will no longer perform at Miami Seaquarium

Lolita, an orca captured in Puget Sound 50 years ago, will no longer perform at the Miami Seaquarium. → Read More

Criminal charges filed against Electron Hydro exec in Puyallup River spill

Nearly 40 criminal charges have been filed against Electron Hydro and its chief operating officer in connection with a spill of crumb rubber into the Puyallup River by the company in July. → Read More

Lorraine Loomis, Pacific Northwest champion for salmon, dies at 81

Swinomish elder Lorraine Loomis led fisheries negotiations for tribes with the state of Washington. The chairperson of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission and manager of fisheries for the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community was 81. → Read More

Washington state board to uphold temperature limits in Columbia, Snake rivers

New day on the Columbia and Snake? A state pollution control board has upheld limits on temperature, even as both water bodies heat up in this summer like none other, threatening salmon survival. → Read More

Kent police investigating fatal shooting

When police arrived they found one victim inside with multiple gunshot wounds. They began trying to revive him until medics arrived, but the victim did not survive. A second man was shot in the hand and is in stable condition. → Read More

Southern resident orcas celebrate 3 healthy calves as researchers find J pod in best overall condition in a decade

The three J pod calves are doing well. In fact, the whole southern resident pod is looking better than in a decade, according to researchers out with the orcas. “We... → Read More

Ghost shrimp, humpbacks, tiny plankton: See Puget Sound surge with springtime life

Puget Sound is alive with springtime and the rebound of species thriving in greater numbers than in a generation. Gray whales, humpbacks, harbor porpoise and more are resurging thanks to conservation. The world faces an uncertain future, but humans can... → Read More

Amid climate crisis, a proposal to save Washington state forests for carbon storage, not logging

Two former directors of the state Department of Natural Resources call for a gradual fade-out of all logging on state forest lands. The proposal would put the state on the leading edge of research on using big trees for storing... → Read More

New orca baby born to southern resident L pod

Good news for the L pod, with a new baby in the family, scientists report. The southern resident killer whales are endangered and every baby counts. → Read More

GOP congressman pitches $34 billion plan to breach Lower Snake River dams in new vision for Northwest

All four Lower Snake River Dams would be breached, and their benefits replaced under a $34 billion NW initiative proposed by Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho. The initiative is three years... → Read More

Female resident orcas especially disturbed by vessels, new research shows

New science reveals hunting by female southern resident orcas is disproportionately interrupted by vessel noise. The findings come as northern residents have returned to an important feeding area for the... → Read More

U.S. Rep. Kim Schrier backs takedown of Electron Dam on Puyallup River

The Electron Dam's cost to salmon is not worth it, says U.S. Rep, Kim Schrier. The dam used to provide electricity for about 20,000 homes, but Puget Sound Energy has... → Read More

The Elwha dams are gone and chinook are surging back, but why are so few reaching the upper river?

Since two dams were removed from the Elwha River, chinook salmon have steadily returned to the lower and middle river. But fewer are reaching the cold, uppermost reaches of the watershed. Why? → Read More

Washington tribes find new energy to vote in 2020 election, pour campaign cash into races

Some tribal leaders worry four more years of President Trump could erode treaty rights and environmental regulations. "This election means so much for us right now," said Rodney Cawston, of... → Read More

Another new orca baby born to J pod — the second this month

The Center for Whale Research confirmed that J41 had a new calf but, as the whales are in Canadian waters, little is known about the new arrival. This is the fourth birth to the southern residents since 2019. → Read More

Researchers attach cameras to Pacific Northwest orcas, revealing a marvelous underwater world

Researchers are closely studying northern and southern resident orcas for clues to their survival. Their newest tool: underwater cameras attached to the whales' skin. → Read More

Orca Tahlequah is a mother again

Mother orca Tahlequah, or J35, has had her baby, scientists reported Saturday night.. → Read More

Most of B.C.’s massive old trees are ghosts, existing only on paper

British Columbia's old-growth forest is dwindling faster than expected, a team of independent scientists has found. → Read More