The $6 million Clark Fork Delta restoration project, near Clark Fork, Id., started last fall, It targeted 680 threatened acres of the delta. Heavy equipment was used to rebuild shorelines and raise the height of partially submerged areas. The intent is to preserve what remains of the delta and start to recover some ground. Katherine Cousins, Idaho Department of Fish and Game biologist, and her team planted 90,000 plants. When it didn't rain in May, she worried they would die, but the lake come up in time.
Twenty-four years ago wind-whipped wildfires took off and began to ravage several Eastern Washington counties.
It took several days and multiple agencies to get nearly 100 fires contained in October 1991.
By the end of what became known as “firestorm,” one person was dead and more than 100 homes had been burned to the ground.
A fire near Twisp, Washington blew up Wednesday, overtaking and killing three firefighters and injuring several others. The scenic mountain town, along with nearby Winthrop, were under evacuation orders as wind whipped the flames from a few dozen acres to thousands of acres with hundreds of homes threatened.
Bush pilots equipped to land on lakes, rivers or tundra operate out of virtually every airport in Alaska to usher anglers into remote wilderness destinations where river bottoms are obscured by clouds of fish. Rivers, especially those in southwestern Alaska reachable from towns such as Bethel, Dillingham and King Salmon, lure anglers looking for adventure and hooking up with Pacific salmon, Dolly Varden, rainbow trout and grayling. In the middle of August, Outdoors editor Rich Landers and three buddies booked a pontoon-plane flight into a river's headwaters and launched an eight-day unguided float trip geared primarily for the arrival of bright, acrobatic silver salmon fresh from the Bering Sea. As you'll see in his Sunday Outdoors story and this gallery of photos, virtually everything about this delicious trip was Goodnews.