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  • Local firefighters, forest officials tout wildfire preparedness but say more funding needed

    At a roundtable discussion in Spokane on Friday, firefighting officials told Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers they’ve made great strides in preparing for this summer’s wildfire season, but more Congressional action …


  • Glenrose neighbors work to reduce wildfire risk

    The Glenrose Prairie neighborhood southeast of Spokane is taking up arms against wildfires. In this case, the arms are mowers and chain saws, deployed during periods of cool and damp …


  • Lake Spokane fire 30 percent contained, firefighters say

    Three hundred firefighters from various agencies are working to contain a fire that broke out earlier this week near Ford, Washington, and Long Lake Dam.


  • Dishman Hills trails makeover resisted by some hikers

    An effort to rebalance wildlife’s share of the Dishman Hills Natural Area has been getting mixed reviews as workers try to scale back the web of unofficial trails. About 200 …


  • Convent evacuated for Spokane brush fire

    A brush fire Monday forced the evacuation of a northwest Spokane convent that serves retired nuns in need of assisted living services. About 60 people were evacuated from the Convent …


  • Tree-thinning project good for inmates, forest

    Toppling trees at Riverside State Park is helping create a healthier forest of native ponderosa pines. The thinning project is also providing work experience for 50 inmates from Airway Heights …


  • Forest thinning kept brush fire small

    A forest-thinning project helped contain a wildfire in northern Stevens County last month, preventing the blaze from spreading through a rural neighborhood, state officials said. The May 6 blaze occurred …


  • Spokane’s tree canopy stable

    A recent Forest Service study indicates that trees are losing ground in many U.S cities, but Spokane appears to be an exception. Researchers used aerial photographs to analyze tree canopies …


  • Task force will study dying forests in Eastern Washington

    Washington Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark will convene a committee of foresters, scientists and other experts in an effort to contain a pending forest health epidemic east of the Cascades. …


  • Wash.’s new Discover Pass slow to be discovered by masses

    Despite statewide media reports for the past several months, people are still showing up at Washington state parks with no clue that a Discover Pass has been required for vehicles …


  • Washington will require vehicle pass for state parks, other lands

    Washington State Parks rangers and managers of other state lands are gearing up for the debut of the Discover Pass, which will be required for motor vehicle access to most …


  • Discover Pass: Answers to frequently asked questions

    Where is Discover Pass valid? Starting in July, Washington’s Discover Pass offers access to nearly 7 million acres of state recreation lands, including about 100 developed state parks.


  • Recreationists may need more than one vehicle pass

    People who recreate outdoors in the Pacific Northwest must tune in more carefully to requirements for vehicle passes – not only on state lands, but also on private and federal …


  • Discover Pass will be ticket to state land access

    The Discover Pass – expected to raise up to $64 million in two years for state parks and other lands – is a done deal in the Washington Legislature and …


  • Agencies back $30 yearly pass for recreation on state lands

    Three Washington agencies are asking state lawmakers to institute a $30 yearly pass that would allow people to recreate on state lands. The pass idea is backed by the state …


  • Fires blaze across Inland Northwest

    Bone-dry conditions throughout the Inland Northwest, combined with “erratic, gusty winds,” fueled fires across the region Thursday, charring thousands of acres and destroying at least two homes. By 9:30 p.m., …


  • Trails, camps may close to save the state money

    OLYMPIA – The state Department of Natural Resources would close more than 20 trails, campgrounds and interpretive centers in March under Gov. Chris Gregoire’s cash-strapped supplemental budget. Among the proposed …


  • Winter rec committees stay busy in summer

    While summer is in high gear, certain Washington agency committees are gathering recommendations this week that will affect winter sports such as cross-country skiing and snowmobiling, as well as the …


  • Gray wolf pack is state’s second

    Acting on a tip from loggers, wild-life biologists have confirmed the presence of a wolf pack with pups in northeast Pend Oreille County. At sunrise Friday, Scott Fisher played digital …


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