Stories tagged: public lands
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 …
UPDATED: Thu., March 16, 2017, 12:14 p.m.
Scablands waterfalls primed for hiking into wet landscape
Lowland snow and ice is waving goodbye to winter, leaving Eastern Washington squishing with water. This is prime time for a trek to absorb the power of a scablands waterfall.
Sat., March 4, 2017, 8:36 p.m.
Thousands rally at Idaho Capitol to keep public lands public
More than 2,000 people braved a chilly drizzle and rallied at the Idaho Capitol on Saturday to demand that public lands be kept in the hands of the federal government.
Thu., March 2, 2017, 11:59 a.m.
New Interior secretary Ryan Zinke arrives on horseback
Arriving on horseback Thursday, newly-minted Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke pledged he would devote more resources to national parks, boost the morale of department employees and bolster the sovereignty of American …
UPDATED: Wed., March 1, 2017, 11:39 a.m.
Zinke confirmed as Interior secretary
The U.S. Senate has confirmed Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke as Secretary of Interior, making him the first person from the Treasure State to serve in a White House cabinet.
Sat., Feb. 18, 2017, 6:30 a.m.
Traditional hunting camps losing ground in modern world
Between development of once-wild lands and the ever-expanding sprawl of the suburbs, and a general apathy toward the sport from an over-stimulated younger generation, traditional hunting camps across the country …
Tue., Feb. 14, 2017, 5:03 p.m.
State Land Board votes to sell Oregon’s oldest state forest
Oregon’s state Land Board voted 2-1 on Tuesday to sell the state’s oldest public forest.
Sun., Feb. 5, 2017, 6 a.m.
‘Worst conditions in 20 years’ prompt closure of Washington wildlife areas in Asotin County
Two southeastern Washington wildlife areas totaling 11,000 acres are closed to public access through April to prevent human disturbance to deer and elk struggling through the worst winter conditions in …
Sun., Feb. 5, 2017, 4:30 a.m.
Push to turn over federal lands to the states may be losing steam
A Utah congressman’s abrupt reversal on a proposal to sell 3.3 million acres of public land across the West is significant, and may be part of a shift in the …
UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 15, 2017, 11:36 p.m.
Widow of Oregon refuge occupier to hold meeting
Leaders of an armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in rural Oregon were driving to a public meeting a year ago when police shot and killed one of them …
Thu., Jan. 12, 2017, 5:30 a.m.
Outdoor retailers should dump Utah for its anti-recreation politics, Black Diamond founder says
SALT LAKE CITY – A powerful outdoor recreation industry executive said Tuesday the world’s largest outdoor retail show going on this week in Salt Lake City should leave Utah if …
Wed., Jan. 4, 2017, 5:47 p.m.
In brief: Congress eases way to transfer federal lands
The 115th Congress began work on Tuesday and wasted no time approving a measure to facilitate transfers of some federal public lands and waters to state, local and private interests.
Thu., Dec. 1, 2016, 3:17 p.m.
Fight brewing over how U.S. plans to use public lands in West
U.S. government officials on Thursday finalized an overhaul of how they plan for oil and gas drilling, mining, grazing and other activities across public lands in the West.
Sun., Oct. 30, 2016, 2:33 a.m.
Field Reports: Colville National Forest looking to fill 50 seasonal jobs
The Colville National Forest is looking to fill 50 seasonal jobs in northeast Washington for next summer. Forest officials are going so far as to hold workshops to help applicants …
Sun., Oct. 23, 2016, 1:17 p.m.
Montana land transfer would resolve 127-year-old debt
Montana and the Bureau of Land Management are working to resolve a 127-year-old debt.
Sun., Aug. 28, 2016, midnight
George Wuerthner: Killing wolves not the solution
What about protecting wolves from repeated depredations by livestock? What about preserving the ecological role of large predators on our public lands?
Sat., July 16, 2016, 3:42 p.m.
GOP platform calls for transferring federal lands
Drafters of the national 2016 Republican platform voted this week in Cleveland by a narrow margin to support a sell-off of federal lands and stepped-up logging in national forests.
Wed., July 6, 2016, 9 p.m.
Presumptive presidential nominees disagree with public lands transfers
In a rare case of bipartisan consensus, both presumptive presidential nominees oppose transferring federal land to states, representatives from their campaigns said.
Sat., June 25, 2016, 4:58 p.m.
Colville Forest plan will ration recreation on 1.1 million acres
Something is at stake for everyone from mountain bikers to loggers in the 1.1 million-acre Colville National Forest as the July 5 deadline approaches for public comment on the draft …
Wed., June 22, 2016, 11:17 a.m.
Obama administration decries judge’s fracking ruling
The Obama administration on Wednesday decried a ruling by a federal judge that blocks rules for hydraulic fracturing, saying the decision prevents regulators from using “21st-century standards” to ensure that …
Sat., June 11, 2016, 1:18 p.m.
Field reports: Trashed toilet becomes money pit at Liberty Lake
PUBLIC LANDS – The collective insolence of “litterpigs” at the Liberty Lake public access has forced the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to spend more than three times the …
Sat., June 11, 2016, 12:58 p.m.
Spokane County Conservation Futures nominations revealed
The latest round of properties nominated for acquisition in the
Sun., April 24, 2016, midnight
Anne Weismann: Lands-transfer salesman can’t deliver the goods
While Ivory clearly benefited from the American Lands Council, the county governments funding the nonprofit have been sold a bill of goods.
Sat., April 16, 2016, 7 p.m.
Prime time for Snake River trek through Hells Canyon
Hells Canyon can be heavenly during spring, when wildflowers are blooming, poison ivy is leafing out, canyon wrens are singing and rattlesnakes are getting frisky.
Wed., March 9, 2016, 2:39 p.m.
National forest road hazards spring up in wake of 2015 fires
Landslides occurring on the region’s national forests are prompting warnings from Forest Service officials that anyone traveling in the snow-free areas of low-elevation mountains should have an exit plan.
Sat., Feb. 20, 2016, 4:12 p.m.
Mount Hood’s Timberline Trail to fully reopen in 2017
One of the most spectacular trails in the United States – and perhaps the most iconic pathway in Oregon – is scheduled to reopen in full by the summer of …
Wed., Jan. 20, 2016, 3:23 p.m.
Luxury of state wildlife lands impacts local governments
Every time the state Department of Fish and Wildlife obtains new land through grant funding or a partnership with a conservation group, it’s in many ways a win-win for anybody …
Sun., Nov. 15, 2015, 11:37 a.m.
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.
Tue., Aug. 4, 2015, 1:32 p.m.
Idaho’s Boulder White-Clouds Wilderness approved
Acting quickly after Monday’s committee approval, the U.S. Senate today unanimously approved a bill to officially designate 275,000 acres as the Boulder-White Clouds Wilderness in central Idaho.