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  • Field reports: 2015 whopper year for fall chinook

    Another season of record-setting fall chinook runs has been recorded on the Columbia and Snake rivers, but they’re also delivering signals that the bounty will decline in coming years.


  • Field reports: Wildlife agency seeks public input on priorities

    AGENCIES – Washington Fish and Wildlife officials are asking people to share views on the values and priorities that should drive the state agency over the next several years. A …


  • Field Reports: Fire threat closes private timberlands

    FORESTS – More than a million acres of private timberlands are being temporarily closed to public access in the Inland northwest because of extreme fire danger. Stimson Lumber Company has …


  • Money allocated for suppressing fires to run out

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service will soon have to tap into programs designed to prevent wildfires so that it can meet the expenses of fighting this summer’s round …


  • Field reports: Governor’s task force on outdoor recreation comes to Spokane

    RECREATION – Gov. Jay Inslee’s Task Force on Parks and Outdoor Recreation will meet Tuesday in Spokane as part of a summer-long effort to develop a plan for encouraging outdoor …


  • 2013 outdoors: land acquired for conservation

    Wildlife and public access to wild lands in Washington got a boost in 2013 from a variety of private, local and state land acquisitions for conservation and wildlife values. The …


  • 360-plus homes destroyed in Colo. Springs wildfire

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A wildfire burning northeast of Colorado Springs has destroyed at least 360 homes, making it the most destructive in state history. El Paso County sheriff …


  • Wenaha River offers rewards for muscle-powered adventurers

    Despite the prevalence of black bears, poison ivy and rattlesnakes, the Wenaha River is among the most accommodating backcountry muscle-power destinations in the Northwest. Looking for an overnight wilderness destination …


  • Field reports: Requirements enacted for fishing guides

    FISHING – Washington sport-fishing guides will have to meet basic requirements for first aid training, boat and business licensing and insurance under a law that takes effect July 28. Gov. …


  • Landers: Prescribed burns becoming hot topic

    A growing number of land managers have a burning desire to improve forest health and wildlife habitat. The topic of prescribed fires is hotter than ever following last summer’s major …


  • Landers: Prescribed burns becoming hot topic

    A growing number of land managers have a burning desire to improve forest health and wildlife habitat. The topic of prescribed fires is hotter than ever following last summer’s major …


  • Field reports: Deer killing prompts $5,000 reward

    POACHING – Up to $5,000 in rewards is being offered for a tip that leads to the conviction of the culprits in the latest spree poaching case in Eastern Washington. …


  • Texas pastor fatally beaten was ‘man of integrity’

    FOREST HILL, Texas (AP) — The Rev. Danny Kirk Sr. greeted everyone walking into his Texas church on Sundays with a big hug and an “I love you.” His weekdays …


  • High court rejects challenge to roadless rule

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal challenging a federal rule that bars development on 50 million acres of roadless areas in national forests. The justices …


  • New NW spotted owl plan out; rival bird targeted

    After two decades on the list of endangered plants and animals, the northern spotted owl is losing ground faster than previously thought, federal agency managers said Thursday. The owl has …


  • Fraternity pays $4K for damage to forest

    A University of Idaho fraternity has paid the U.S. Forest Service $4,382 in a court case over damages it caused by building an illegal road into a Clearwater National Forest …


  • Do Your Part: Time to stop taking trees for granted

    Are you a tree hugger? Would you admit it if you were? The term “tree hugger” is frequently used in a less-than-favorable way to describe someone who is passionate about …


  • Biomass challenge

    KETTLE FALLS, Wash. – Roaring furnaces unleash the energy of wood at Avista Corp.’s Kettle Falls generating station. Chips and bark become white-hot ash as temperatures soar to 2,500 degrees …


  • $14 million dedicated to battle bark beetles in Idaho

    The U.S. Forest Service will get an additional $14 million to battle bark beetles in Idaho, where the bugs have chewed through 1.3 million acres, leaving mountain sides covered with …


  • Larch light up area forests in curious yellow

    Although they hid among the green firs and pines all summer, yellowing needles are helping larch trees stand out in the crowd during autumn. Larch will soon be catching the …


  • Vilsack calls for renewed emphasis on forests

    SEATTLE — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Friday outlined a vision for managing the nation’s forests that placed a high priority on restoration to protect water resources and combat …


  • Road building in forests put on hold for one year

    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration waded into a nearly decade-long debate over roadless areas in national forests Thursday, announcing what amounts to a “time out” from logging and other development …


  • Tree death rates rising in West

    WASHINGTON – The death rates of trees in western U.S. forests have doubled over the past two to three decades, according to a new study spearheaded by the U.S. Geological …


  • Campfire ban covers the region

    Campfires have been banned across the entire Inland Northwest because of the extreme risk of wildfire. The bans took effect earlier this week and now blanket the region and apply …

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