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FRIDAY, DEC. 26, 2014

FRIDAY, DEC. 5, 2014


Congress finally gives wilderness a nod

PUBLIC LANDS -- Congress shook its inability to work across the aisle this week and passed public lands legislation that's been years in the making. The U.S. House on Thursday passed a defense spending bill containing a broad public lands package for the West. In...

MONDAY, OCT. 27, 2014

Plan ahead for free entry to federal lands Nov. 9-11

PUBLIC LANDS -- Federal and state land managers offer fee-free entry days to parks, forests, U.S. Bureau of Land management lands, refuges and other national interest lands where fees are charged on certain holidays scattered through the year. The last big freebie of the year...

MONDAY, OCT. 20, 2014

N. Fork Clearwater road closed for repairs

FISHING -- The North Fork of Clearwater River Road 247 will be closed starting tomorrow, Oct. 21, at milepost 39.3, at Flat Creek for the removal of an aquatic organism barrier culvert, the Clearwater-Nez Perce National Forests announced today. The road closure will run no...

TUESDAY, OCT. 7, 2014

Raise a cold one to youth outdoor education

OUTDOORS -- Join the North Idaho folks from Selkirk Outdoor Leadership and Education (SOLE) and NoLi Brewhouse for the kick-off of a community fund-raiser for youth outdoor education programs. The event is set for 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at Idaho Pour Authority, 203...

THURSDAY, OCT. 2, 2014

Plan ahead for free entry at federal, state lands

PUBLIC LANDS -- Federal land managers offer free entry to parks, forests, U.S. Bureau of Land management lands, refuges and other national interest lands where fees are charged on certain holidays scattered through the year. Washington State Parks also sets dates for fee-free entry. The...

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 24, 2014

Long-distance hikers gathering at Stampede Pass

HIKING -- Backpackers who've walked the walk are giving programs of enduring value this weekend during the 21st annual gathering of the American Long-Distance Hiking Association-West at Stampede Pass, Wash. Openings are still available for the Saturday programs by hikers who've accomplished incredible "feets" and...

THURSDAY, SEPT. 18, 2014

Plan ahead for free entry at federal, state lands

PUBLIC LANDS -- Federal land managers offer free entry to parks, forests, U.S. Bureau of Land management lands, refuges and other national interest lands where fees are charged on certain holidays scattered through the year. Washington State Parks also sets dates for fee-free entry. The...

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 3, 2014

What’s the best way to celebrate 50 years of Wilderness Act?

PUBLIC LANDS -- The editorial writers of the Missoulian offered this opinion: Montana should celebrate Wilderness Act anniversary with more wilderness Montanans enjoy access to 16 wilderness areas within their state, and with the 50th anniversary of the federal Wilderness Act that allowed for the...

TUESDAY, AUG. 26, 2014

Mosquitoes thick at Lake Roosevelt, officials warn

WATERSPORTS -- No need to travel to Alaska for a good dose of pesky biting insects. The National Park Service has issued a media release warning visitors heading to Lake Roosevelt for the holiday weekend to be ready for mosquitoes at the campgrounds, boat launches...

MONDAY, AUG. 18, 2014

Enterprise boat-in campground reopens on Lake Roosevelt

WATERSPORTS -- The Enterprise Boat-in Campground has been re-opened as the Enterprise fire has been controlled on Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area. The popular campground for boaters southwest of Hunters is open on a first-come, first-served basis. "For your safety, we request that you stay...

THURSDAY, AUG. 14, 2014

Plan ahead for free entry at federal, state lands

PUBLIC LANDS -- Federal land managers offer free entry to parks, forests, U.S. Bureau of Land management lands, refuges and other national interest lands where fees are charged on certain holidays scattered through the year. Washington State Parks also sets dates for fee-free entry. The...

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 13, 2014

BLM bans campfires on its Eastern Washington lands

PUBLIC LANDS -- Extreme fire danger has prompted the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to join Washington state agencies in prohibiting campfires in Eastern Washington, including in developed recreation areas. The federal agency's fire managers enacted initial fire restrictions in mid-July. Today they updated the...

THURSDAY, AUG. 7, 2014


National forests enacting restrictions on fires, smoking, chain saws

PUBLIC LANDS -- National Forest officials in Washington are are restricting activities that could accidentally spark wildfires as the state continues to be tinder dry and in a pall of smoke from other fires. Starting Tuesday, Aug. 12, campfires will only be allowed only in...


Plan a campout for Perseid meteor showers

SKYWATCHING -- Camping high in the mountains away from lights-- perhaps in forest fire lookout rental -- is a peak way to enjoy the free light show in the sky, which will peak this year between Aug. 10 and 13. The annual Perseid meteor shower...

FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2014

Device helps women stand up when nature calls

CAMPING -- The females in my family have never had a problem squatting in the woods to relieve themselves -- this video seems to suggest it's a problem for some outdoorswomen. But the Pee Pocket device the video promotes has real value in outdoor applications....

TUESDAY, JULY 15, 2014

Lightning storms start fires in Washington forests

PUBLIC LANDS --Monday's afternoon thunderstorms led to many lightning strikes across the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and surrounding lands starting several new fires, the Forest Service reports. Response crews were dispatched immediately. See the report on small fires also reported on the Colville National Forest. In...

FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2014

Lake Spokane Campground closed during wildfire

CAMPING -- The Lake Spokane Campground, formerly operated by the Washington Department of Natural Resources, has been closed by state officials as they fight a nearby wildfire in Stevens County. Other Riverside State Park facilities remain open. See the story. See more details on where...

Rich Landers

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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. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.


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