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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 22, 2017

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 8, 2017

MONDAY, JULY 31, 2017

Forest fires burning at the end of July east of Sullivan Lake.

Wild fires near Sullivan Lake continue to grow

WILD FIRES -- Two northeastern Washington wildfires continue to grow and block recreation because of the Noisy Creek Fire on Hall Mountain area east of Sullivan Lake and the North Fork Hughes Fire in a portion of the Shedroof Divide in the Salmo-Priest Wilderness. The...

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MONDAY, MAY 23, 2016

THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2015

MONDAY, AUG. 18, 2014

WEDNESDAY, JULY 9, 2014

Columbia Mountain Lookout is looking much more handsome since it was restored.

Colville Forest hosts NatureWatch hikes, tours

FORESTS – Hikes and other free activities are being organized by the Colville National Forest this summer to celebrate Smokey Bear’s 70th birthday and the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Here's the lineup of NatureWatch events: July 12: Hike the 3-mile round-trip route to...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25, 2014

Holly Weiler and Ed Bowers of the Spokane Mountaineers hike down off Little Snowy Top Mountain during a day-long trek on the 20-mile Salmo Loop in the Salmo-Priest Wilderness. In the background is Crowell Ridge and Gypsy Peak, highest point in Eastern Washington.  (Rich Landers)

Films celebrate 50 years of wilderness Thursday 

PUBLIC LANDS – A free mini-film festival celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act is traveling through the Inland Northwest this summer. The beauty, history and adventure of wilderness areas, the highest level of protection offered for America’s public lands, is featured in 10...

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MONDAY, JUNE 16, 2014

Holly Weiler and Ed Bowers of the Spokane Mountaineers hike down off Little Snowy Top Mountain during a day-long trek on the 20-mile Salmo Loop in the Salmo-Priest Wilderness. In the background is Crowell Ridge and Gypsy Peak, highest point in Eastern Washington.  (Rich Landers)

Film fest celebrates 50 years of wilderness

PUBLIC LANDS – A free mini-film festival celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act is traveling through the Inland Northwest this summer. The beauty, history and adventure of wilderness areas, the highest level of protection offered for America’s public lands, is featured in 10...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11, 2014

Off-road vehicle operators created this mud bog in Delaney Meadows area of the Middle Fork Calispell Creek on the Colville National Forest. ATVers and four-wheelers traditionally do significant damage to the area. (Rich Landers)

Colville Forest starts planning ORV trail system 

PUBLIC LANDS -- The Colville National Forest is moving ahead with a 10- to 15-year project to plan off-road vehicle trails and relocate camping areas to serve the motorized trail groups while rehabilitating the impacts illegal OHV use has had on streams, meadows and wildlife...

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FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2014

Fourth-graders from East Farms Elementary  fan out in a field near Stateline looking for their geocache owl named Wisdom. Donna Simon’s social studies class is studying the state of Washington and learning about the cities, towns and geography. The students are using geocaching as a method to learn about the state. (Photos by J. BART RAYNIAK / The Spokesman-Review)

Geocaching game launched on region's forests

GEOCACHING -- The Colville National Forest and partners in the Upper Columbia region are setting up a summer geocaching game geared to families. From Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, a number of easy to access geocaches will be located throughout the Colville National Forest...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 7, 2014

TUESDAY, NOV. 5, 2013

Sullivan Lake Ranger station to close briefly

PUBLIC LANDS -- The Sullivan Lake Ranger Station will be temporarily closed Nov. 12 and reopening on Nov. 20 during construction in the visitor lobby. General district and forest information, as well as firewood cutting permit will be available at the Newport Ranger Station located...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 3, 2013

FRIDAY, AUG. 30, 2013

MONDAY, AUG. 26, 2013

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 14, 2013

Disabled hunters can apply for permits in Colville NF

HUNTING -- Following is detailed information for disabled hunters interested in signing up for special hunting privileges on six gated roads in the Colville National Forest: The Colville National Forest in partnership with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife are proud to announce the 2013...

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MONDAY, JUNE 3, 2013

TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2013

Elk Creek Falls cascades through cedars along the Elk Creek Trail in the Colville National Forest near Sullivan Lake. (Rich Landers)

Forest Service biologist to lead nature hike

HIKING -- Join a Colville National Forest wildlife biologist on his annual naturalist’s tour of the Elk Creek Trail near Sullivan Lake on May 18. Mike Borysewicz, a veteran wildlife biologist at the Sullivan Lake District, will show participants an old prescribed burn heavily used...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2013

THURSDAY, JAN. 31, 2013

FRIDAY, JAN. 25, 2013

SUNDAY, AUG. 12, 2012

FRIDAY, AUG. 10, 2012

FRIDAY, AUG. 3, 2012

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories and columns for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including Outdoors feature sections on Sunday and Thursday.