Published on July 11, 2015 and inserted into print editions of The Chronicle.
An Aerial Look at the Cowlitz River Precedes Journey
By The Chronicle
Over approximately 105 miles, it winds through wilderness and pastures, communities and recreational areas.
The purpose was twofold.
The aerial endeavors allow us to gather current images of a river known for its ability to transform.… Read More
By Eric Schwartz, Editor
The sun was preparing to make its first appearance as I huddled under a shelter at Rainbow Falls State Park, straining my eyes to focus on my laptop screen as I attempted to harness mental waves of exhaustion and excitement.
It was June 2009, and former Chronicle photographer Brandon Swanson and I were preparing to embark on a journey that would take us from the Doty and Dryad area all the way to Grays Harbor. … Read More
The View from Above the Basin
From about 1,500 feet up, the cities of Lewis County look like toy villages built into the threadbare patches of an old scrunched-up shag rug. Descend any lower and humanity’s imprint becomes more real and you see how we’ve imposed a geometric order over the natural world. Trees, like green starburst sentinels, stand in checkerboard formations, often abutting sprawling green fields or housing developments at the edge of town.… Read More
The number of hatchery salmon and steelhead released in the Cowlitz River isn’t going to change much from the implemented 2014 plan to the draft 2015 plan, officials said at a Wednesday night meeting in Centralia.
The most notable change is a 25,000 boost to summer-run steelhead released, increasing from 625,000 to 650,000 under the Fisheries and Hatchery Management Plan.… Read More
Heavy Clouds and Friendly Scientists Greet Cowlitz Explorers
Editor’s Note: Chronicle Reporter Dameon Pesanti and Visuals Editor Pete Caster have begun their trip down the Cowlitz River. They began on Mount Rainier Tuesday, and will finish at the Columbia River in the next two weeks. The duo plans to begin rafting Friday.
Not everything goes as planned, and sometimes that’s for the better.… Read More
Imagine prehistoric glaciers carving the land we call Lewis County almost like a child scraping a groove through a sandbox.
Roughly 35,000 years ago, long valley-filling glaciers extended from the Mount Rainier area into what is now Silver Creek near Mayfield Lake.
Editor’s Note: Reporter Dameon Pesanti and Visuals Editor Pete Caster are traveling the entirety of the 105-mile Cowlitz River.
Day 2: The Wild Roots of the Cowlitz River
As they say, the devil fools with the best laid plans. Pete and I planned on getting to the office early and finishing our work by noon to get to Mount Rainier National Park fast on Wednesday.… Read More
Volunteers Working on Restoring Station Beginning Monday
Volunteers at the La Wis Wis Campground east of Packwood will soon continue on-site work for a multi-year restoration project to the historic guard station at the recreation area.
While the opportunity to volunteer on the project has closed, interested people are invited to visit the 78-year-old guard station to witness the rehabilitation in person and celebrate the National Historic Preservation Act’s 50th anniversary.… Read More
Editor’s Note: Reporter Dameon Pesanti and Visuals Editor Pete Caster are traveling from the headwaters of the Cowlitz River to its confluence with the Columbia River in Longview. Follow their journey online at Cowlitz.SeesouthwestWa.com. They are also posting regularly to Twitter (@JourneyCowlitz) and Instagram (journey_on_the_cowlitz).