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FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2016


In the lower third of the St. Joe River roadless area, hikers get a good look at the ravages of bark beetles infesting the aging lodgepole pine stands that emerged from the 1910 fires.  The lodgepoles are near the end of their natural life cycle, and the beetles are feasting on the occasion. (Rich Landers)

St. Joe Travel Management Plan to go into effect

PUBLIC LANDS -- The St. Joe Ranger District Travel Management Plan will be going into effect soon, designating where motor vehicles can go and where they are prohibited. The Forest Service selected Alternative D Modified, and motorized users came out quite well. Maybe better than...

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SUNDAY, MAY 11, 2014

TUESDAY, DEC. 10, 2013

MONDAY, DEC. 9, 2013

MONDAY, AUG. 5, 2013

Kids pose for photos with trout caught opening day at Badger Lake. (Rich Landers)

Recent outdoors stories in The Spokesman-Review

Biologists make case for trout vs. bass at Badger Lake Veteran instructor keeps live-fire in hunter education Field reports: Pink salmon flood into Puget Sound... ATVs still restricted on Forest Service roads... Climber buried in Mount Hood avalanche Out & About: Turnbull Refuge hosts youth...

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TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2013

Four-wheel drive enthusiasts were busted by Washington Fish and Wildlife police for illegally driving off road and mucking up the landscape on state Department of Natural Resources land. (Washington Fish and Wildlife Department)

Off-roaders busted for mucking up trails 

OFF-ROADING -- While turkey hunting on private timber company land last week I was appalled, again, at how many illigal ATV trails were pioneered by goons who think they have a right to have their way with someone else's property. Washington Fish and Wildlife police...

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FRIDAY, MAY 3, 2013

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 4, 2012

TUESDAY, AUG. 21, 2012

SUNDAY, AUG. 12, 2012

FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2012

Officers from state and federal agencies conducted an emphasis patrol on public lands east of Colville. (Washington Fish and Wildlife Department)

Patrol issues tickets to ORVers in Colville area 

PUBLIC LANDS -- They had no trouble finding violations. A group of state and federal officers who conducted an ORV emphasis patrol recently on public lands east of Colville filed the following stats: 207 ORV/User Contacts 21 Citations (i.e. no helmets, road closure, fishing w/o...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012

MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012

4,000 miles of roads closed on Wallowa-Whitman forest 

PUBLIC LANDS -- Passenger cars, ATVs, dirt bikes and four-wheel-drive rigs will be prohibited on on nearly 4,000 miles of roads in northeastern Oregon's Wallowa-Whitman National Forest starting in June. The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest management plan, entered last week into the Federal Register -- prohibits...

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SUNDAY, FEB. 26, 2012

THURSDAY, FEB. 23, 2012

Colville National Forest South End Project, roads approved for motorized travel. (Colville National Forest)

Colville NF supervisor withdraws South end OHV plan 

PUBLIC LANDS – Colville National Forest Supervisor Laura Jo West has withdrawn the South End Motor Vehicle Project enacted in November after years of planning to guide off-highway vehicle use. This decision was appealed in January by Conservation Northwest, the Lands Council, and the Kettle...

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MONDAY, JAN. 9, 2012

THURSDAY, JAN. 5, 2012

TUESDAY, NOV. 22, 2011

Colville National Forest South End Project, roads approved for motorized travel. (Colville National Forest)

Colville Forest OKs South End motor vehicle plan

PUBLIC LANDS -- Off-road vehicle riders have more routes for legally riding their ATVs and motorcycles on the Colville National Forest, according to a plan approved this month. Forest Supervisor Laura Jo West signed the South End Motor Vehicle Management Plan, which designates roads and...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 3, 2011

Judge orders 6 Idaho forest trails closed to OHVs 

TRAILS -- A federal judge has decided to temporarily close down trail access to off-road vehicles in sections of the Salmon-Challis National Forest pending a review of the forest's travel plan, the Idaho Statesman reports. The order issued Tuesday follows a February ruling that the...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 15, 2011

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