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...

MONDAY, JUNE 23, 2014

Colville Forest advisers help allocate $580K fund

PUBLIC LANDS -- A group of volunteer advisers are getting ready to help the Colville National Forest plan for spending $580,000 allocated for use in Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties for ecosystem-enhancing projects. The Colville Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet Tuesday, July 01,...


Small-town OHVers detour from mainstream of public land users

PUBLIC LANDS --Apparently my name is mud in Ione this week. Last week, I reported that Colville National Forest officials were investigating a May gathering of four-wheel drive enthusiasts who illegally drove off designated roads open to motor vehicles and ripped up a seasonal wetland...

TUESDAY, JUNE 10, 2014

Four-wheel drivers trash Colville meadow by ‘mudding’

UPDATED 4:55 P.M. WITH VIDEO OF MUDDERS AT THIS SITE. PUBLIC LANDS -- Every year a few butt-heads remind us why more and more public and private lands is being listed as off-limits to motorized vehicles. This week, it's some yet-to-be cited mudders who drove...

MONDAY, MAY 19, 2014

Colville Forest names Republic ranger

PUBLIC LANDS -- Tinelle Bustam, Public Services Staff Officer on the El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico, is heading to Washington to become the Republic District ranger on the Colville National Forest starting June 5. Bustam, has been with the Forest Service for four...

TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2013

South Sherman Road washout forces detour to Barnaby Buttes

PUBLIC LANDS -- The South Sherman Road (FSR 2020000) has suffered an impassible washout on the west or upper end of the road, the Colville National Forest reports today. The temporary closure will be from milepost 11.65 to milepost 11.85 (just off of U.S. Highway...


Wildlife benefits of prescribed burns easy to see

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- Sinlahekin Wildlife Area manager Dale Swedberg doesn't just preach the gospel of rejuvenating wildlife habitat with controlled prescribed fires -- he'll let you see for yourself. A website with an eye-opening collection of photos compares historic photos of the Sinlanhekin Wildlife Area...

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 14, 2012

Volunteers clear tangled timber from Big Lick Trail

TRAILS -- A skilled group of skilled youths and other volunteers have prevailed after putting a week of sweat into the seemingly hopeless task of clearing blowdowns off the Big Lick Trail in the Kettle River Range. The maze-like tangle of downfall had rendered the...

FRIDAY, OCT. 5, 2012

Road re-routed off Middle Branch LeClerc Creek

PUBLIC LANDS -- The U.S. Forest Service has completed a 2.25 mile reroute of Forest Road 1935000 (Middle Branch of LeClerc Creek) north of Newport and east of the Pend Oreille River as part of a larger road relocation and restoration project to benefit water...

TUESDAY, AUG. 7, 2012

E. coli contamination found at Pioneer Park Campground near Newport

CAMPING -- E. coli and fecal coliform bacteria was discovered Aug. 4 in the drinking water at the Pioneer Park Campground in Pend Oreille County. Today Colville National Forest officials said the Newport Ranger District had notified guests who recently stayed at the campground if...

THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012

Pregnant caribou could drop state’s first calf in 50 years

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Montana wildlife officials say a Canadian caribou has wandered into northwestern Montana for the second time this spring, and this one has the potential to make history. Fish, Wildlife and Parks wildlife manager Jim Williams tells KCFW-TV the possibly pregnant cow is...


Colville Forest seeks comment on Power Lake project

PUBLIC LANDS -- The Colville National Forest has released a proposal to thin trees and decommission some roads in the Calispell Creek drainage southeast of 49 Degrees North Ski Area. The public has until mid-April to comment on the environmental assessment for the proposed Power...


Caribou habitat comment period extended; Bonners Ferry meeting set

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Citing requests from Idaho’s governor, local governments and the Kootenay Tribe, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced a 60-day extension for public comment on a proposal to designate critical habitat for woodland caribou in the Selkirk Mountains. The federal agency...

MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2012

Bonner County mounts case to remove caribou protection

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Bonner County commissioners in Sandpoint have approved spending up to $10,000 as part of plan to have Selkirk Mountains woodland caribou taken off the federal endangered species list, according to a story moved by the Associated Press. Commissioners last week unanimously approved...


Snowmobiling restrictions enforced to protect endangered caribou

SNOWMOBILING -- The snowmobiling closure in the woodland caribou recovery zone along the crest of the Selkirk Mountains will be enforced this winter, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in a press release issued this afternoon.A free map of legal snowmobiling trails is available...

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