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Idaho focuses on wilderness trail maintenance

Early morning fall underbrush is reflected along the mountainsides of Pistol Creek on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River Sept. 15, 2008. The area was devastated by fire in the summer of 2000, leavng smolding pines and incinerated ash which covered the forest floor. J. BART RAYNIAK The Spokesman-Review
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Early morning fall underbrush is reflected along the mountainsides of Pistol Creek on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River Sept. 15, 2008. The area was devastated by fire in the summer of 2000, leavng smolding pines and incinerated ash which covered the forest floor. J. BART RAYNIAK The Spokesman-Review (J. Bart Rayniak)

WILDERNESS -- Outfitters outraged about the disastrous condition of unmaintained trails in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness got a hearing Thursday in the Idaho Legislature.

Result: State lawmakers want U.S. Forest Service officials to make trail repair a priority in the vast backcountry for increased access and safety.  See the story.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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