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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers asks state regulators to pause on PCB permits in Spokane River

Citing an ongoing federal review of a pollution standard the congresswoman and local interests say is unattainable by current technology, McMorris Rodgers asked the Department of Ecology this week to …


Indian Canyon golf course scheduled to reduce holes as golfers pay back loan to fix watering systems

The Spokane City Council this week approved the first of three anticipated loans that will be paid back to the city from fees charged golfers at the four municipal courses. …


Ten Mile Creek Ranch sold: Conservation group purchased land

2,900-acres purchased by conservancy along Snake River is considered critical bighorn sheep habitat.


All connected: a mother’s grief, starving orcas, dams, PCBs and Spokane

A grieving orca mother pushing her dead child. Her pod mate slowly starving. Spokane-area activists and environmentalists say the drama highlights the political and biological connections between the Columbia River …


Thousands of scientists object to President Donald Trump’s border wall

Thousands of scientists expressed alarm this week at the expansion of the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. A report in BioScience outlined the dangers of building a continuous and impermeable …


UPDATED: Mon., July 16, 2018, 12:54 p.m.

House, Senate farm bills split over conservation programs

Proponents of the House plan, including Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, say it would combine the best features of two programs that encourage conservation efforts through a mix of financial …


UPDATED: Sun., May 27, 2018, 3:25 p.m.

Aquifer falling, central Washington farmers ask: Where will the water come from?

Schemes to irrigate central Washington have stalled and unraveled for more than a century. New efforts are underway to divert water from the Columbia or other sources, but uncertainty remains.


Constantine wants to leverage conservation fund to buy 65,000 acres of ‘last best places’

King County farmlands, forests, shorelines, trails, urban green space and natural areas are a target of a conservation initiative by the county executive.


UPDATED: Tue., April 3, 2018, 12:50 p.m.

Agreement protects 5,000 acres of North Idaho forestland

Roughly 5,000 acres of forest near Bonners Ferry will be protected under a conservation easement. The agreement was announced Wednesday.


Rocky Mountain wolverines studied in interaction with recreationists

Wolverines don’t make themselves easy to study. In addition to being able to gnaw their way out of log-cabin-like traps, they’re shaped kind of like a traffic cone.


UPDATED: Mon., April 2, 2018, 3:36 p.m.

Collaborative effort: A Washington cattleman and biologist are working to reduce wolf-livestock conflicts

A fifth-generation cattleman and a wildlife biologist are teaming to help northeastern Washington ranchers coexist with the state’s growing number of gray wolves.


Denali National Park plans to adjust poop haul-out rules

Denali National Park plans to toughen poop hauling requirements for climbers on the popular West Buttress route up North America’s tallest peak.


Roadless areas in Washington could have been endangered by federal funding bill, conservation groups say

A bill moving through the U.S. Senate had some Washington conservation and recreation groups concerned this week. A provision in the Senate’s omnibus spending bill could have opened up some …


State land long used as unofficial park in north Spokane may be incorporated into Riverside State Park

It’s a peaceful river valley, one in which it’s not uncommon to see moose, beaver, bald eagles and blue herons. What’s more, this thin slice of wilderness is just minutes …


UPDATED: Thu., March 15, 2018, 11:31 a.m.

Idaho Fish and Game kills 10 wolves

Idaho Fish and Game officials killed 10 wolves in an effort to improve elk survival rates in northern Idaho.


Deep snow stalls caribou maternal pen project

A bounty of snow has snuffed out this year’s maternal pen project in British Columbia to preserve a critically endangered remnant group of mountain caribou.


UPDATED: Thu., March 8, 2018, 2:21 p.m.

Biologists capture and tag massive cougar north of Chewelah

Wildlife biologists caught and tagged a massive 197-pound cougar Monday.


Bill that may have encouraged Washington to sell state forest lands amended

LEGISLATION – A section of a bill that would have studied the economic benefit of selling some state forest lands to counties and timber companies was scrapped after conservation groups …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 23, 2018, 4:30 p.m.

Analysis of outdoor recreation industry finds its contribution to GDP larger than that of oil, gas extraction

A federal government analysis of the outdoor recreation’s economic impact reaffirms what many conservation groups have said for decades. Outdoor recreation is a big business.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 1, 2018, 4:46 p.m.

Spokane woman involved in massive land-gift to Chilean government

One of the largest donations of privately held land, ever. Sweeping vistas. 10 million acres of protected Chilean parkland created in a single day.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, 4:08 p.m.

Public asked to comment on Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife land acquisitions

CONSERVATION – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking for public comment on 9 proposed land acquisition projects throughout the state. The department will accept comments through Feb. …


Agency habitat stewards work under public’s radar

Fish and wildlife without habitat are no more viable than Gonzaga basketball teams without an arena, backboards or hoops.


Tests on bighorn skulls and horns show greater genetic diversity in herds of older animals

Bighorn sheep living in decades past along Idaho’s Salmon River from Riggins to its East and Middle forks far upstream were more genetically diverse, and the different groups of sheep …


Zinke defends monument reductions, supports Badger-Two Medicine monument proposal in Montana

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke defended President Donald Trump’s decision to shrink or modify several national monuments, saying Tuesday that opponents were lying about the real power of the federal Antiquities …


In brief: Oregon wildlife biologists testing deer, elk for fatal disease

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists have stepped up testing for chronic wasting disease on deer and elk carcasses taken by hunters.


Idaho conservation officers seek information on killed cow, bull moose

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is seeking the public’s help in identifying those responsible for illegally killing a cow and bull moose sometime in October in Clearwater County.


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 …


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, …


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 …


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 …