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TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 2015

Federal bull trout recovery plans online for review, input

Bull trout, whose presence is associated with pristine mountain lakes and streams, should soon have a federal recovery plan. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is under a court-ordered deadline to release a recovery plan by Sept. 30 for bull trout, which were once abundant across a six-state region. Starting this week, citizens can review and comment on six regional plans developed to rebuild populations, at www.fws.gov/pacific/bulltrout. Comments will be accepted through July 20 on the plans, which will help guide the final recovery document.

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SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2015



FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2015

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell discusses plans Thursday in Cheyenne, Wyo., to preserve habitat in 10 Western states for the greater sage grouse. (Associated Press)

Sage grouse rules would affect 10 states

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Interior Secretary Sally Jewell revealed plans Thursday to preserve habitat in 10 Western states for an imperiled ground-dwelling bird, the federal government’s biggest land-planning effort to date for conservation of a single species. The proposal would affect energy development. The regulations would require oil and gas wells to be clustered in groups of a half-dozen or more to avoid scattering them across habitat of the greater sage grouse. Drilling near breeding areas would be prohibited during mating season, and power lines would be moved away from prime habitat to avoid serving as perches for raptors that eat sage grouse.

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THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2015




With inevitability of a Greek tragedy, all goes wrong for Asaph Cousins at Blind Falls.

Grande Ronde River boasts spectacular scenery, easy whitewater

MINAM, Ore. – Most folks don’t know it, but a three-day trip down the Grande Ronde River would do them a world of good. Out there, far from cell phones and e-mail, life is reduced to its most basic rhythms. There’s time for laughter with friends, paddling easy whitewater by day, and sleeping under the stars at night. It’s a tonic to the soul, and by the time the trip is over, most folks are invigorated and ready to face the world they left behind.

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The Grande Ronde River in extreme northeast Oregon is a great place to escape modern civilization for a few days.

Wild and Scenic Grande Ronde a respite

The Grande Ronde River slices through the landscape of northeastern Oregon. Its headwaters lie in the Blue Mountains, southwest of La Grande, Oregon, and it flows northeast until joining the Snake River upstream of Lewiston. At 182 miles long, the Grande Ronde is speckled with put-in and take-out spots that afford a wealth of paddling opportunities. Boaters looking for a multi-day, wilderness trip usually opt for the Minam-to-Powwatka Bridge section. (Note: The first 10 miles of this section are on the Wallowa River, until its confluence with the Grande Ronde.)

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Weekly hunting and fishing report

Fly Fishing There is a lot of bug activity now on area rivers, so a double dry rig of a drake pattern and a caddis trailer would be a good choice. The North Fork Coeur d’Alene is getting so low the riffles are nearly too shallow to float.

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Olympic features: Hikers explore drift wood and rock “haystacks,” two of the signature attractions at Ruby Beach on the Olympic Peninsula south of Forks, Washington, in mid-May, 2015. The beach is named for the ruby-like crystals in the sand. Ruby Beach is the northernmost of the southern beaches in Olympic National Park.

Photo: Haystacks at the beach 

Olympic features: Hikers explore drift wood and rock “haystacks,” two of the signature attractions at Ruby Beach on the Olympic Peninsula south of Forks, Washington, in mid-May, 2015. The beach is named for the ruby-like crystals in the sand. Ruby Beach is the northernmost of the southern beaches in Olympic National Park.

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Columbian sharp-tailed grouse on the Colville Indian Reservation. (FILE)

Idaho drafts plan for sharp-tailed grouse

Idaho Fish and Game is seeking public comments on its draft management plan for the conservation of Columbian sharp-tailed grouse, one of six subspecies of sharptails in North America.  The prairie grouse were once considered the most abundant and well-known upland game bird in the Pacific Northwest, but now occupy less than 5 percent of their historic range in the United States, the plan says. 

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