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FRIDAY, JULY 3, 2015

Towell Falls on Rock Creek in the Escure Ranch south of Sprague, Wash., managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. (Mary Aegerter)

BLM closes seasonal vehicle access to Towell Falls

PUBLIC LANDS -- Hot, dry weather has forced land managers to impose restrictions on camping, burning and access throughout the Northwest, as we rounded up in a story in Thursday Outdoors. Since then, more restrictions have come up, including: Weyerhaeuser closing its timberlands in Western...

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Tourists walk along the boardwalk at the edge of the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, in this aerial photo shot from a manned aircraft, date unknown.  (Yann Arthus-Bertrand)

Chinese flocking to Yellowstone Park 

PARKS -- Somebody could make a fortune on stir-fry bison this summer. Yellowstone Park gears up for 500,000 visitors from China Last year more than 300,000 people from China visited Yellowstone National Park and surrounding communities. Based on visa applications, that number could increase to...

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Golden eagle chicks in a nest near Asotin, Washington. (Paul Wik / Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Golden eagle chicks monitored by researchers 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Paul Wik, state Fish and Wildlife Department district biologist in southeastern Washington, checked a golden eagle nest south of Asotin recently to determine the age of the chicks. Researchers plan to capture one chick pre-fledging to install a solar powered transmitter. Here's...

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In this photo taken on Sept. 1, 2009, centenarian Dixie Monkhouse casts her fly on the waters of the McKenzie River in Eugene, Ore. with fishing guide Don Wouda. Monkhouse was the first female member of the Flyfisher's Club of Oregon. (Brian Davies / Associated Press)

International Fly Fishers to convene in Bend

FISHING -- The International Federation of Fly Fishers will convene for their annual fair this summer in Bend, Oregon, the state where the group was founded 50 years ago. The theme for the gathering and exposition is “Experience All Things Fly Fishing,” with a long...

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Grande Ronde spring chinook fishing to close

FISHING – Spring chinook salmon fishing will close on the Grande Ronde River at Sunset on Sunday. he Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the closure on Wednesday after determining the southeastern Washington river “is experiencing extremely low flows and increasing water temperatures that...

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An Idaho elk calf hoof in black bear scat. (Rich Landers)

Elk calves born to be prey 12 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Here's the latest poop on predators in the Inland Northwest: They appear to be well-fed. During one day of hiking north of Lake Pend Oreille, I came across two scats within five miles containing calf elk hooves. One was the scat of...

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Habitat destruction, compounded by the recent energy boom in Wyoming, have put more pressure on sage grouse and their struggle to keep their home on the range. (Wyoming Game and Fish)

Report: Federal lands huge economic factor 

PUBLIC LANDS -- No wonder some people want to take over federal lands for private interests. Turns out they're damned valuable. U.S. Interior Department: 1 in 4 jobs in Wyoming tied to federal lands In a report issued this week, the U.S. Department of Interior...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 30, 2015

Major wildfires burning in Alaska on June 28, 2015.

Fires make Alaska hot spot for summer vacation 

OUTDOOR TRAVEL -- Good timing if you, like me, picked this summer for a wilderness adventure in Alaska. Alaska's wildfire season worries scientists While 2004 is currently the holder of the record wildfire year in Alaska, fire activity this month has put 2015 in contention...

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Panhandle lakes stocked with trout for holiday

FISHING -- The Idaho Fish and Game Department is stocking 10- to 12-inch hatchery rainbow trout in a dozen Panhandle lakes in the news few weeks to enhance the Fourth of July holiday fishing experience. Photographers know this also is a good time to get good osprey feeding...

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Fishing skills are taught at the Washington Outdoor Women workshops. (courtesy)

Washington Outdoor Women workshops in September

OUTDOOR SKILLS -- Women can learn the basics of fishing, hunting and other outdoor skills at a September weekend workshop presented by Washington Outdoor Women. The annual workshop is scheduled Sept.18-20 at Camp Waskowitz near North Bend. WOW is a non-profit program dedicated to teaching...

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An advertising campaign inspired by drought encourages California residents to landscape with native plants that need less water.  The ads also encourage people to take shorter showers and use brooms to sweep instead of hosing off driveways and sidewalks. (San Francisco Public Utilities Commission)

End of June drought report in a word: bleak 

CLIMATE CHANGE -- If we were smart here in the Inland Northwest, we'd let 2015 be our incentive to embrace water conservation. Fish and wildlife depend on water the flows on the surface as well as that precious ground water. All sources of water, from...

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MONDAY, JUNE 29, 2015

Kokanee are a major forage fish for putting size on Lake Pend Oreille's trophy predator fishg. Fly fisher Aaron Richter caught this 31.5-pound, 42-inch-long Gerrard rainbow trout a tributary to the Clark Fork River and Lake Pend Oreille, on March 31, 2010. (Aaron Richter)

Idaho fishing rule changes proposed

FISHING – Public meetings are scheduled this week to air changes in fishing regulations proposed for 2016-2018 by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. The proposals have been drafted based on previous public meetings, angler surveys and work by fisheries biologist. Proposals for the...

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SUNDAY, JUNE 28, 2015


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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column.





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