Outdoors blog archive for May 2012

THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2012

Idaho river runners enjoying good water year

WHITEWATER RIVERS -- Rafters, catarafters, kayakers and surfers had thrills and a few spills and chills over Memorial Day Weekend at Lochsa Falls rapids on the Lochsa River, Idaho. The snowpack forecast spells a great whitewater season for floaters in the Inland Northwest. Read on...

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The Pile River flows into Lake Iliamna,  in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska. The Pebble Mine would sit just above the lake.

Washington fishermen oppose Alaska mine proposal

FISHING -- SEATTLE -- Washington fishermen who oppose a proposed mine in Alaska are having their say at an Environmental Protection Agency hearing today in Seattle. According to the Associated Press, Sen. Maria Cantwell requested the hearing because she says fishermen would be affected if...

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Underbrush is burned in May 2012 on the Colville National Forest near Sullivan Lake to reduce danger of major wildfires later in the year as well as to boost the forage growth for elk. (U.S. Forest Service)

Controlled burns boost elk habitat in Colville NF

PUBLIC LANDS -- Fires were purposely set on the Colville National Forest last week to provide two big dividends later this summer: a hedge against catastrophic wildfire and a boom in lush tender growth to feed elk. Colville National Forest crews have completed a 320-acre...

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Anglers pose with their spring chinook salmon at The Guide Shop in Orofino, Idaho, after returning from a Clearwater River fishing trip. (Rich Landers)

Salmon limits to drop on Clearwater River

SALMON FISHING -- Effective Saturday, June 2, the bag limits on adult chinook salmon will be reduced for parts of the Clearwater drainage. The new bag limits will be four salmon per day, but only one may be an adult, and 12 in possession, but...

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Virus draws attention to salmon farms

FISHERIES -- Alexandra Morton, the Canadian biologist that sounded the alarm last fall with her findings of a virus that had killed millions of farmed fish in Chile in wild salmon off the British Columbia coast, is busy these days, after another virus found in...

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Annual walk includes 17 bridges over Spokane River

HIKING -- Believe it or not, hikers participating in this can cross 17 bridges over portions of the Spokane River in an enjoyable -- especially during spring runnoff -- stroll in downtown Spokane. An annual event sponsored by Spokane City Parks celebrates this unique Spokane...

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Butterflies featured in talk, walk at Turnbull

NATURE -- A colorful day is in store for people who sign up for the Butterfly Talk and Walk on Saturday, 9 a.m., at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. John Baumann of the Washington Butterfly Association made 19 visits into the refuge backcountry over the course...

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TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2012

Cougars take bite out of Montana wolf research

PREDATORS -- Why would a mountain lion want to mess with a wolf? That's what a Montana wildlife researcher is wondering as mountain lions take a toll on the radio-collared wolves she's trying to follow through the Bitterroot Mountains. The risk of injury doesn't seem...

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Discover Pass gets boost from marketers 

STATE PARKS -- Washington's Discover Pass, a vehicle permit required in state parks and other public lands, is getting help from a public relations firm to boost lagging sales. The pass was created by the Washington Legislature to fund the State Parks System. A public...

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MONDAY, MAY 28, 2012

SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2012

FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2012

THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2012

Salmon anglers on the Wind River, a Columbia River tributary in Skamania County, could have a whopping good time if forecasts hold true. (File)

Wind River springer limit boosted to 6

SALMON FISHING -- Up to six hatchery origin spring chinook salmon may be retained on the Wind River from the railroad bridge upstream starting Saturday, the Washington Fish and Wildlife has just announced. Up to four of the fish can be adult chinook. Similar limit...

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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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