Outdoors

TUESDAY, DEC. 23, 2014


Forest Service chief honors Cabinets recreation staffer

PUBLIC LANDS -- A Western Montana man and former wilderness ranger recently received a national award for tending to the recreation programs in the Cabinet Mountains and wilderness area. Joel Sather, recreation technician on the Cabinet Ranger District, traveled recently with his wife Carmin to...

TUESDAY, DEC. 9, 2014

Federal lands transfer could cost Idaho $111 million a year

PUBLIC LANDS -- Aside from probably being unconstitutional, and certainly being stupid and greedy, Idaho's effort to take over federal lands within the state's borders also would probably be unaffordable. Of course, unless the state sold off the lands to corporations. Here's the report posted...

MONDAY, DEC. 8, 2014

Time to apply for Forest Service seasonal jobs

OUTDOORS -- The U.S. Forest Service is employing a new centralized hiring process for temporary or seasonal jobs in national forests throughout Oregon and Washington. The new phased process started last week. The deadline to get applications turned in is shorter than in the past....

MONDAY, NOV. 3, 2014

Access changes at Yocum Lake

FISHING -- Motor vehicle access to Yocum Lake from Forest Service Road 1900096 (Coachman Road) will be closed beginning Tuesday in an effort to curb the abuses to the land and lake in recent years. Vehicle access to Yocum lake will still be available via...

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...

FRIDAY, OCT. 17, 2014

Washout temporarily closes Beauty Creek Road

PUBLIC LANDS -- Recent rains and flooding have caused a washout on Forest Road 438, also known as the Beauty Creek Road. The route is temporarily closed while Idaho Panhandle National Forests crews repair the damage between mile marker 1 and mile marker 4.4. Flood...

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 15, 2014

Role of wildfire topic of Colville program

FORESTS -- A burning issue will be discussed in Colville on Oct. 22: “Fires and Forests, East of the Cascade Divide” will be presented by John F. Marshall sponsored by the Panorama chapter of the Society of American Foresters, Northeast Chapter of the Washington Farm...

MONDAY, OCT. 13, 2014

Public has obligation to pick up tab for environmental lawsuits?

PUBLIC LANDS -- At first, it sounds as though we should be outraged: Three conservation groups in Montana have been involved in more than 200 court cases nationwide against federal agencies, primarily the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Fish and Wildlife Service. In...

TUESDAY, OCT. 7, 2014

Clearwater Forest offers mobile app for travel map

PUBLIC LANDS -- The new Nez Perce and Clearwater National Forest Visitor Maps and Clearwater NF Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs) are available in paper, as usual, but new this year the forests' map publications are avaiable for mobile device such as an iPad, iPhone,...

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

Media may need federal permit for wilderness photos

PUBLIC LANDS -- This may be the most bizarre public lands news I've read in a long time. The U.S. Forest Service has adopted rules scheduled to go into effect in November requiring news media to have a $1,500 permit before shooting photos or video...

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...

MONDAY, SEPT. 15, 2014

Good fires: Prescribed burns set to boost wildlife habitat

WILDLIFE -- A highly visible prescribed fire is scheduled to be ignited on a portion of the Colville National Forest today, reminding the public that this is the "good fire" season in national forests throughout the Northwest. Fire and smoke will be highly visible from...

THURSDAY, SEPT. 11, 2014

Volunteers needed for river clean-ups

RIVERS -- The big, annual Spokane River Clean-up that's been organized by Friends of the Falls has been tabled this year, but two other worthy river clean-up efforts are still looking for volunteers. Coeur d'Alene River Saturday, Sept. 13: The third annual North Fork Coeur...

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 3, 2014

Wilderness panel discussion, hikes based out of Sandpoint

PUBLIC LANDS -- A great combination of thought and exercise to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act is planned for Friday and Saturday based out of Sandpoint sponsored by the Idaho Conservation League, the Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, and Selkirk Outdoor...

TUESDAY, SEPT. 2, 2014

Clearwater extends comment on forest plan

PUBLIC LANDS -- The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest is extending the scoping comment period on the Proposed Action for Forest Plan Revision until Nov. 14. “We’ve received requests for an extension from a number of people and we want to make sure the public has...

TUESDAY, AUG. 19, 2014

Huckleberry photo worth a thousand words

WILD EDIBLES -- Vickie Garner Sienknecht said she's not much for poetry -- shunning my request for submissions of Huckleberry Haiku -- but this photo from last weekend, she says, clearly indicates how much she loves her huckleberries. If I were to put Haiku words...

MONDAY, AUG. 18, 2014

Colville Forest designates roads open to disabled hunters

HUNTING -- Portions of five roads in the Colville National Forest have been designated as routes that will be open to disabled hunters during the upcoming hunting seasons. The program allows motorized access into a gated road where other hunters must walk in, said Franklin...

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...

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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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