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THURSDAY, MAY 29, 2014

Newman Lake boat access closing for weed control

BOATING -- The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife public access site at Newman Lake will be closed June 3-5 to allow treatment of the lake with herbicide to control Eurasian milfoil and other aquatic invasive weeds. The Newman Lake Flood Control Zone District, under...

THURSDAY, MAY 15, 2014

Learn to distinguish Eurasian collared-dove from mourning dove

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The Eurasian collared-dove is an exotic species that's unprotected in Washington and Idaho and can be shot by licensed hunters year-round where hunting/shooting is allowed. They're delicious, too. See today's outdoors column on this imported and not necessarily welcome species. See an...

THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2014

Idaho checks first quagga-mussel infested boat of season

BOATING -- Mandatory watercraft inspection stations have barely opened for the season in Idaho, and they already have reported finding the year's first boat fouled with quagga mussels, a potentially devastating invasive species. The boat was checked at the Cotterell Port of Entry station on...

TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2014

Noxious weeds workshop March 22 at Usk

HABITAT -- Weed control on private lands is important to everyone with an interest in wildlife and wild lands. Property owners can find out how to manage weeds and sign up for neighborhood cost-share assistance on Saturday, March 22, at a workshop offered by WSU...

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 2014

Invasive mussels knocking on Idaho’s door, official says

INVASIVE SPECIES -- Having the invasive quagga mussels booming in Utah's Lake Powell is like having a deadly contagious disease at a major national airport with folks coming and going in all directions -- including Idaho, a federal biologist says. He's trying to get the...

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 11, 2013

Preventing invasive mussels worth cost, study says

INVASIVE SPECIES -- An Independent Economic Advisory Board update released last week indicates that the money spent – an estimated $5 million per year from a variety of sources -- in attempts to ward off an invasion of non-native zebra and quagga mussels into the...

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 7, 2013

Colorado pike fishing issue similar to Pend Oreille River

FISHING -- This story took me back to the Pend Oreille River about 10 years ago... Northern pike have made their way into the Upper Colorado River Utah has already put a $20 bounty on northern pike, the toothy adversary of a healthy trout population,...

MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2013

FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2013

Preventing spread of invasive species: Take it personally

ENVIRONMENT -- Anglers wading in rock snot or hikers walking through fields of spotted knapweed should be easy converts to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's new campaign to raising awareness of invasive species. Native plant and wildlife species suffer the most from invasions of exotics....

FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012

Asian clams suck, and they’re in Lake Pend Oreille

INVASIVE SPECIES -- A dive team to assess an outbreak of invasive asian clams in the Hope area of Lake Pend Oreille is being organized for Monday by the Idaho Department of Agriculture and Bonner County. The clams were detected recently during the pre-runoff lake...

MONDAY, FEB. 13, 2012

Northwest states eye Lake Mead as source of invasive woes

INVASIVE SPECIES -- Washington, Idaho and Oregon are among the Northwest states and provinces involved in lobbying the federal government to assure that a $1 million appropriation line item in the Department of Interior’s 2012 budget is spent to help cut off the spread of...

THURSDAY, AUG. 18, 2011

Idaho’s invasive species sticker not transferrable from boat to boat

BOATING -- Idaho’s $7 invasive species sticker, which is required on all boats and inflatables longer than 10 feet, cannot be transferred from one vessel to another, Idaho Parks and Recreation officials say. A story in the Sunday Outdoors section (Aug. 7) suggested otherwise, noting...

MONDAY, JULY 18, 2011

Eating our way out of invasive species infestations

EXOTIC SPECIES -- Care for a nutria burger? Or maybe a dab of didymo "rock snot" on your ice cream? With a boost from creative marketing, the bloated American appetite could help control exotics while conserving imperiled native species. An invasive species called lionfish is...

FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2011

Boaters asked to lead effort on zebra mussels

BOATING -- Idaho has set up 15 roadside invasive species boat inspection stations, including five in the Panhandle. The goal is to prevent the state-by-state spread of exotic zebra and quagga mussels. People transporting a watercraft near boat inspection stations are required to stop. When...

MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2011

Biologists explains zebra mussel threat

INVASIVE SPECIES -- Mike Wilkinson, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department’s aquatic invasive species biologist, will give a free program focusing on the threat of zebra mussels invading the region’s waters on Tuesday, 7 p.m., at the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council office, 6116 N. Market...

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2011

Boat carrying zebra mussels intercepted at Washington border

INVASIVE SPECIES -- Washington officials found invasive zebra mussels on a boat coming into Washington Saturday at the stateline port of entry near the Idaho border. Both Idaho and Washington are ramping up their surveillance for these invasives with horrible consequences to our waterways. Read...

WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011

Feral pigs invading Oregon; Washington wary

INVASIVE SPECIES -- Washington state is keeping a close eye on the feral pig populations in Oregon, where the fish and wildlife department has ordered farmers to determine the size of the destructive pig populations on their land and get rid of them. An Oregon...

TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2011

Mussel-infested boats stopped at Idaho checkpoint

WATERWAYS -- Two boats infested with invasive mussels were intercepted at a North Idaho checkpoint, state officials said Monday. Idaho Department of Agriculture said in a press release the boats were stopped at a station on Interstate 90 near Wallace on Thursday. The Coeur d’Alene...

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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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