Stories tagged: conservation
Thu., Sept. 21, 2017, 5:25 a.m.
Local land trust celebrates 26 years, new director at banquet
The Inland Northwest Land Conservancy is celebrating its 26th year of preserving the region’s water quality and the open-space values of working farms and forests with a fundraising banquet on …
Sat., Sept. 16, 2017, 4:12 p.m.
Master plan underway for Liberty Lake park
Development of a long-range master plan for Liberty Lake Regional Park is underway with a public workshop set for Thursday at 3 p.m. at City of Liberty Lake Council Chambers, …
Fri., Sept. 15, 2017, 5:25 a.m.
Wanted: Volunteer shooters to thin Grand Canyon bison herd
The National Park Service plans to thin a herd of bison in the Grand Canyon through roundups and by seeking volunteers who are physically fit and proficient with a gun …
Thu., Sept. 14, 2017, 5:55 a.m.
Spokane fly fisher, FFI president, angling for sport’s future
Len Zicker jokes that his wife made “the mistake of a lifetime” in buying him a fly rod as a gift in 1995. Certainly it changed the course of his …
Sun., Sept. 10, 2017, 4:25 a.m.
Field Reports: Bend Whitewater Park flooded with floaters
This year, in its first full summer season, more than 231,000 people floated the Deschutes River through the Bend, Oregon, Whitewater Park on inner tubes, kayaks or paddleboards. That’s roughly …
Sun., Sept. 3, 2017, 4:55 a.m.
Dam opponents organize ‘Free the Snake Flotilla’ Sept. 8-9
Conservation groups calling for removal of four lower Snake River Dams are organizing the third annual Free the Snake Flotilla on Friday and Saturday based out of Chief Timothy State …
Wed., Aug. 30, 2017
U.S. needs leaders like Cecil Andrus
The outpouring of admiration and respect for Andrus from Republicans and Democrats says it all. He represents the type of leadership the nation sorely misses.
Sat., Aug. 26, 2017
Madi Clark: Farmers are responsible stewards of environment
A lifetime of working with farmers has shown me that farmers care more for the environment than any regulator, lawmaker, or urban social activist ever will.
UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 24, 2017, 9:37 p.m.
Collapse at salmon farm renews concerns about fish farming
A net pen holding 305,000 farmed Atlantic salmon collapsed recently, releasing thousands of fish into Puget Sound and renewing concerns that a new proposed salmon-rearing operation could harm wild salmon …
Sun., Aug. 13, 2017, 5:25 a.m.
Field reports: Women in wilderness explored by panel
OUTDOORS – Four local women with wide-ranging experience in the great outdoors will join for a panel presentation on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Bowl and Pitcher amphitheater at …
Sun., July 30, 2017, 5:25 a.m.
Field reports: Outdoors industry supports public lands in Salt Lake rally
Approximately 2,500 people marched in Salt Lake City Thursday to show support for federal public lands in a departing salvo from the Outdoor industry.
Thu., July 13, 2017, 4:01 p.m.
Canadian fisherman killed saving tangled whale recalled as longtime advocate
Members of the marine community in the U.S. and Canada said Thursday that a Canadian fisherman who died freeing a whale from fishing gear was a longtime whale advocate who …
UPDATED: Sat., July 8, 2017, 9:37 p.m.
Bear-ly recovered? Tribes and conservationists divided on the future of the grizzly
At the end of June, the federal government announced the Yellowstone grizzly bear was no longer threatened with extinction. More than 100 tribal nations question that decision.
Fri., July 7, 2017, 9:23 a.m.
Renewable sources of electricity outpace nuclear plants
For the first time in decades, the United States got more electricity from renewable sources than nuclear power in March and April.
Mon., July 3, 2017, 7:57 p.m.
Angola slowly opens to conservationists after long civil war
The southwest African country of Angola was virtually inaccessible to international conservationists because of decades of conflict that ended in 2002. Now groups are getting more access, working with Angolans …
UPDATED: Wed., June 28, 2017, 10:14 p.m.
Spokane’s signature fish continues to struggle as new campaign raises awareness
Though it isn’t listed as endangered or threatened, Spokane’s native redband trout is not doing well. As the Spokane Indians baseball team launches a new awareness campaign, experts and local …
UPDATED: Thu., June 22, 2017, 3:32 p.m.
Plan to protect salmon backfires as predator birds flee
A plan to protect young salmon by killing double-crested cormorants on an island in the Columbia River has backfired after the birds fled the area halfway through their nesting season.
UPDATED: Wed., June 7, 2017, 4:49 p.m.
Interior chief to review sage-grouse conservation plan
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Wednesday he is ordering a review of federal efforts to conserve the imperiled sage grouse to ensure that officials in 11 Western states where the …
Sat., May 27, 2017, 6 a.m.
Matt Liere: Don’t Worry, Be Happy
We’re essentially daytrading our outdoor management practices when we should be looking at moderate investment plans for the long haul, with little need for restructuring. So I worry.
Wed., May 10, 2017, 9:26 a.m.
Tesla CEO says company to start selling solar roof tiles
Tesla will soon begin selling solar roof tiles.
UPDATED: Tue., May 9, 2017, 3:27 p.m.
Study: Fed program beneficial to Washington sage grouse
A new study of sage grouse in Eastern Washington has found a surprisingly large benefit from a federal program that subsidizes farmers to plant grasses and native shrubs instead of …
Sun., April 30, 2017, 6 a.m.
Field Reports: Wild, Scenic Film Festival highlights rivers, environment
CONSERVATION – Breathtaking landscapes will dominate the picture this week at the third annual Spokane screening of environmental films that feature nature’s beauty, cutting edge environmental issues, humor and more. …
Thu., April 27, 2017, 8:26 a.m.
Locals to march for the planet
As the People’s Climate Movement gets underway Saturday in Washington, D.C., hundreds locally are expected to march across Moscow as part of the Lori Batina Memorial Climate March.
UPDATED: Wed., April 26, 2017, 9:56 p.m.
Trump orders review of national monuments
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday instructing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review any national monument created since Jan. 1, 1996, that spans at least 100,000 acres in …
Wed., April 26, 2017, 12:26 p.m.
Supporters of Hanford Reach worried about Trump action
Supporters of the Hanford Reach National Monument are concerned about President Donald Trump’s expected review of such natural landmarks.
Fri., April 14, 2017, 6:30 a.m.
Wild horses expensive as adoption interest wanes
Billijo Beck and her 10-year-old daughter Grace walked the dusty path between Challis Wild Horse Corral pens last week looking for an addition to their stables. There were 18 horses …
Wed., April 12, 2017, 3:48 p.m.
House cuts 15 wildlife recreation projects from budget
State lawmakers have recommended $80 million for the Washington Wildlife & Recreation Programs, but the recently released House capital construction budget cuts what program directors say are important acquisition projects …
Wed., April 12, 2017, 1:40 p.m.
Wildlife conservationists sue over proposed border wall
A conservation group and an Arizona congressman on Wednesday filed what they say is the first federal lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall.
Mon., March 27, 2017, 6:55 p.m.
Judge: More water must be released from Columbia, Snake dams
A federal judge in Oregon says that beginning next year, the government must spill more water from dams on the lower Columbia and Snake rivers to improve the chances that …
Mon., March 6, 2017, 11:22 a.m.
Plans for Idaho dam water release poses threat to fish
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will have to release more water than normal this year from a northern Idaho dam because of ample snowpack, but the move …