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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 2015



Artwork using river rocks can be harmful to aquatic life.

Let Mother Nature arrange rocks in streams

RIVERS -- Rock balancing has been taken to fascinating levels of art form by some enthusiasts. But biologists warn rock stacking when taken to extremes can be harmful to wild creatures, especially around lakes and rivers. Here's a post from the National Park Service that...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 2015


MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2015



Grande Ronde opens for chinook fishing June 13

FISHING -- The Grande Ronde River opens to spring chinook fishing on Saturday, June 13. Don't forget to take a rod for smallmouth bass! Here are details on the spring chinook fishing from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife: Action / Species affected: Spring...

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The Colorado River flows through a scenic stretch of Grand Canyon National Park past Nankoweap Camp near River Mile 53. The first 53 miles of the Colorado River from the launch at Lee's Ferry was named Marble Canyon by explorer John Wesley Powell in 1869. For rafters headed downstream, this stretch marks the official beginning of what he later named the Grand Canyon. (Rich Landers)

Annual flushes restoring Colorado River beaches

RIVERS -- Real live on a river is a beach. It's nice to get scientific proof. USGS reports Colorado River releases create sandbars as planned Glen Canyon Dam has been blocking flood events on the Colorado River for 52 years, essentially obliterating the ecologically important...

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SUNDAY, JUNE 7, 2015

FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2015




Ancient Temperate Rainforest in the South Quinault Ridge Proposed Wilderness, Olympic National Forest. 

  
 
  
  (Wild Olympics Campaign)

Wild Olympics Wilderness bill introduced in Senate 

PUBLIC LANDS -- Washington Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Derek Kilmer have introduced the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 2015 in Congress. The act introduced Thursday is designed to protect environmentally sensitive parts of the Olympic Peninsula. Murray and Kilmer...

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Mount Si Trail near Seattle.

Seattle-area trails get national recognition

TRAILS -- Two popular Seattle-area trails have been designated as national recreation trails. The Mount Si and Snoqualmie River trails were among 10 trails across the country cited Thursday by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 2015


Logo patch for game wardens employed by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. (Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks)

Montana resource agencies cutting staff 

NATURAL RESOURCES -- The wildlife and habitat we appreciate as nature lovers and sportsmen are always under pressure from human activity, but the overseers of their protections are getting fewer and father between. Here's the latest from Montana, the last best place, and it's not...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2015


A northern flicker peaks out of a natural nest in a tree cavity, where it poses no nuisance to Critter Watch.
 (The Spokesman-Review)

Dishman Hills birding walk set for Saturday

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Four spaces are still open for the Saturday birding walk organized by the Dishman Hills Conservancy. Sign up here. The Bird Walk will be led by Jon Isacoff of the Spokane Audubon Society and professor of Political Science and Environmental Studies at...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 2015


Snake River spring chinook fisheries to reopen

FISHING -- Spring chinook salmon fishing will reopen on three locations in the Snake River on a rotating schedule. Here's the scoop just announced by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife: Locations: A) Below Ice Harbor: Snake River from the South Bound Highway 12...

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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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