Reward offered for reporting illegal off-road drivers

PUBLIC LANDS -- I'm still hearing some positive and some disturbing responses to my recent stories dealing off-road vehicle driving. But the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers have step up with some reasonable step toward accountability.

SUNDAY, MAY 11, 2014

Riverside State Park opens novice ORV area today

POWERSPORTS – A 20-acre site for novice ATV and motorcycle riders will be dedicated today, 11 a.m., at Riverside State Park’s ORV Park. Dirt bikes and ATVs will be available for new riders, youths and adults, to try out, park officials say. The novice area,...

TUESDAY, DEC. 10, 2013

Counties challenge Clearwater National Forest travel plan in court

PUBLIC LANDS -- A week after conservation groups filed a federal lawsuit against the new Clearwater National Forest Travel Management Plan, two Idaho counties have filed suit against the plan that closes 200 miles of national forest trails to motorized vehicles. Idaho and Clearwater counties...

MONDAY, DEC. 9, 2013

Clearwater travel plan challenged by conservationists

PUBLIC LANDS -- Three conservation groups say they filed a lawsuit on Dec. 5th in Idaho Federal District Court challenging the Clearwater National Forest Travel Plan. The recently released plan determines which trails and roads will be open to motorized vehicles and which areas of...

MONDAY, AUG. 5, 2013

Recent outdoors stories in The Spokesman-Review

Biologists make case for trout vs. bass at Badger Lake Veteran instructor keeps live-fire in hunter education Field reports: Pink salmon flood into Puget Sound... ATVs still restricted on Forest Service roads... Climber buried in Mount Hood avalanche Out & About: Turnbull Refuge hosts youth...

TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2013

Off-roaders busted for mucking up trails

OFF-ROADING -- While turkey hunting on private timber company land last week I was appalled, again, at how many illigal ATV trails were pioneered by goons who think they have a right to have their way with someone else's property. Washington Fish and Wildlife police...

FRIDAY, MAY 3, 2013

Idaho Fish and Game employee injured in ATV accident

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- An Idaho Fish and Game employee was injured Thursday in an ATV accident along the lower Salmon River below Eagle Creek. Mark Parks, 57, of Lewiston, was working by himself spraying weeds with an ATV-mounted tank sprayer when the ATV rolled over...

TUESDAY, FEB. 12, 2013

Groups seek grant for Avery-Elk City ATV route

PUBLIC LANDS -- The Idaho Fish and Game Department is joining Framing Our Community and the Dust Devils ATV Club in applying for a grant from Idaho Parks and Recreation to build an all terrain vehicle trailhead, shelter and restroom on the edge of the...


Hunter earns reward for turning in gate-busting ATVers

HUNTING -- A national sportsman's conservation group has paid a $500 reward to an Idaho bear hunter who provided the information game wardens needed to cite hunters using all-terrain vehicles in habitat protected from motorized traffic. Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is a national group of...

TUESDAY, SEPT. 4, 2012

Motorized users sue to drive through Great Burn wilderness study area

PUBLIC LANDS -- The Blue Ribbon Coalition and the Idaho Snowmobile Association filed a lawsuit against the Clearwater National Forest for its travel plan that bans motorcycles, off-road vehicles, snowmobiles and mountain bikes in the Great Burn wilderness study area on the Idaho-Montana border, according...

TUESDAY, AUG. 21, 2012

Motorized use issue changes guard at Oregon forest

PUBLIC LANDS -- The new supervisor of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in Oregon is touring Wallowa, Union and Baker counties this week to meet the public he will be serving in the wake of a flap over restricting motorized use on the forest. Kevin Martin...

SUNDAY, AUG. 12, 2012

Colville Forest releases revised South End motorized use plan

FORESTS – The Colville National Forest is seeking comments on a revised proposal to regulate dispersed camping and designate and expand roads and trails open to motorized recreation. Comments are due by the end of August on the South End Project scoping notice and plans...

FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2012

Patrol issues tickets to ORVers in Colville area

PUBLIC LANDS -- They had no trouble finding violations. A group of state and federal officers who conducted an ORV emphasis patrol recently on public lands east of Colville filed the following stats: 207 ORV/User Contacts 21 Citations (i.e. no helmets, road closure, fishing w/o...


Clearwater’s Fish Lake Trail temporarily closed to motorized vehicles

OFF-ROADING -- The popular Fish Lake Trail #419, located 15 miles south of Hoodoo Pass, near the Idaho-Montana state line, has closed temporarily to motorized traffic, Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest officials announced today. Wet conditions forced the closure to prevent motor vehicles from causing damage...

FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012

Idaho lawmakers made wise choice on ATVs and hunting

OFF-ROAD VEHICLES -- Idaho recently came within an eyelash of stripping the Idaho Department of Fish and Game of the authority to regulate the use of all-terrain vehicles on public land during hunting seasons. An editorial in the Idaho Mountain Express notes that if the...

MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012

4,000 miles of roads closed on Wallowa-Whitman forest

PUBLIC LANDS -- Passenger cars, ATVs, dirt bikes and four-wheel-drive rigs will be prohibited on on nearly 4,000 miles of roads in northeastern Oregon's Wallowa-Whitman National Forest starting in June. The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest management plan, entered last week into the Federal Register -- prohibits...

SUNDAY, FEB. 26, 2012

Compromise bill would require license plates on OHVs

OFF-ROADING -- It's no secret that off-road vehicle riders run rampant in some areas of national forests and other public lands that are closed to motorized traffic. But even if you catch them in the act, little can be done to report the offenses because...

THURSDAY, FEB. 23, 2012

Colville NF supervisor withdraws South end OHV plan

PUBLIC LANDS – Colville National Forest Supervisor Laura Jo West has withdrawn the South End Motor Vehicle Project enacted in November after years of planning to guide off-highway vehicle use. This decision was appealed in January by Conservation Northwest, the Lands Council, and the Kettle...

MONDAY, JAN. 9, 2012

Colville travel plan appealed by 3 regional conservation groups

PUBLIC LANDS -- Getting no satisfaction from a letter of concern to the forest supervisor, three Washington-based conservation groups have appealed a Colville National Forest travel plan designating where ATVs, motorcycles and other off-highway vehicles can go at the south end of the 1.1 million...

THURSDAY, JAN. 5, 2012

Clearwater Forest plan would limit motorized use of trails

PUBLIC LANDS -- About 200 miles of trails and more than 1 million acres of the Clearwater National Forest will close to motorized users under a new travel management plan released Wednesday. See all the official forest documents on the travel plan here. Meanwhile, the...

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