Stories tagged: conservation
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 …
Fri., March 3, 2017, 10:57 a.m.
Entiat named Tree City USA
The Arbor Day Foundation has named Entiat “Tree City USA” for the 16th consecutive year, the city announced Wednesday.
Sun., Feb. 26, 2017, 6:45 a.m.
Foundation dedicated to preservation of Henry’s Fork
Anglers with remarkable foresight recognized the virtues of the Henry’s Fork and established a foundation in 1984 to help preserve the fishery.
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 21, 2017, 4:20 p.m.
Pruitt to EPA employees: ‘We don’t have to choose’ between jobs and the environment
In his first full work day as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt made clear Monday that he intends to step back from what he sees as the …
Sun., Feb. 19, 2017, 6:30 a.m.
Festival features outdoors films for entertainment and advocacy
John Latta has two ways of looking at the winter-themed eye candy coming to Spokane this week in the
Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 2:20 p.m.
Monarch butterfly numbers drop by 27 percent in Mexico
The number of monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico dropped by 27 percent this year, reversing last year’s recovery from historically low numbers, according to a study by government and independent …
Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 2:12 p.m.
Trump administration delays listing bumblebee as endangered
The Trump administration on Thursday delayed what would be the first endangered designation for a bee species in the continental U.S., one day before it was to take effect.
Thu., Feb. 2, 2017, 6:30 a.m.
“All Out” effort connects people with outdoor pursuits
Taking that first step into an outdoor life-sport such as snowshoeing, mountain biking, paddling and fly fishing is less intimidating with the help of experienced “ambassadors” from clubs and agencies. …
Sun., Jan. 29, 2017, 9 a.m.
In South Africa, conservationists offer fake leopard hides to curb poaching
Many worshippers at a large religious gathering in South Africa this weekend will wear leopard skins, seen as symbols of status and power. But some of the pelts are fake, …
Thu., Jan. 26, 2017, 4 a.m.
In brief: Glenrose recreation access topic of county meeting
Proposed plans for a trailhead parking area to serve the Glenrose Unit of the Dishman Hills Conservation Area will be presented by Spokane County Parks and Recreation staff at
UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 24, 2017, 5:39 p.m.
Endangered Hawaiian monk seal population rises to 1,400
The population of Hawaiian monk seals, one of the world’s most critically endangered marine mammals, has been increasing 3 percent a year for the past three years, federal wildlife officials …
Sun., Jan. 22, 2017, 6:31 p.m.
Washington state officials buy land to connect natural area
Washington state officials have purchased 159 acres that connect two large sections of the 2,900-acre Dabob Bay Natural Area.
Sat., Jan. 14, 2017, 10:18 a.m.
President Obama expands Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument
President Barack Obama has expanded the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in southwestern Oregon to protect its rich biodiversity. The expansion announced Thursday adds about 48,000 acres to a landscape of rich …
Wed., Jan. 11, 2017, 10:42 a.m.
Snake River dam projects may be delayed
Salmon advocates are asking a judge to bar the federal government from making substantial investments to Snake River dams until a five-year review of the hydro system is complete.
Sun., Jan. 1, 2017, 4 a.m.
2016 Outdoors: Milestones
A list of outdoors milestones in 2016.
Sat., Dec. 17, 2016
Bob Boeh: Diverse interests support Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Act
Conservationists and timber representatives have slowly come together to find solutions to preserve the wildest areas that we all love to hike, hunt, fish and horseback ride in while also …
Tue., Dec. 6, 2016, 1:12 p.m.
Google says it will hit 100 percent renewable energy next year
Google, a trendsetter in the field of corporate purchases of wind and solar energy, made a striking proclamation Tuesday – by next year, it forecasts that it’ll be purchasing as …