Stories tagged: conservation
Wed., March 21, 2018, 4:26 p.m.
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 …
Thu., March 15, 2018, 11:55 a.m.
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.
Fri., March 9, 2018, 5:55 a.m.
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.
Tue., Feb. 27, 2018, 6:12 p.m.
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. …
Thu., Jan. 4, 2018, 4:55 a.m.
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.
Fri., Dec. 15, 2017, 5:25 a.m.
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 …
Wed., Dec. 6, 2017, 6:55 p.m.
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 …
Thu., Nov. 9, 2017
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.
Fri., Oct. 27, 2017, 3:28 p.m.
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.
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 …