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MONDAY, FEB. 2, 2015

TUESDAY, JAN. 27, 2015

MONDAY, JAN. 26, 2015

Scott Stouder, the regional field director for Trout Unlimited, packs his horses and mules through old-growth ponderosa pines as he heads into the Rapid River roadless area drainage near Idaho's Seven Devils Wilderness. 
 (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Sportsmen rally against public land transfers 

PUBLIC LANDS -- Sportsman's groups are organizing a voice against efforts in Western states to eliminate federal control of public land. Lawmakers in Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming are spending considerable money and effort in attempts to get state control of federal public lands within...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 20, 2015

THURSDAY, JAN. 15, 2015

Washington Fish and Wildlife officials propose buying a 94-acre parcel in Whitman County to help assure connections to existing protected habitats for mule deer, pheasants and other wildlife.

State proposes Whitman County land acquisition 

WILDLIFE -- The state may acquire a 94-acre parcel in the Palouse grasslands to help assure mule deer, pheasants, sharp-tailed grouse and other wildlife have a corridor connecting with other protected habitats in Whitman County. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is taking public...

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Phil Anderson, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife director, responds to criticism wolf management and other issues in a Sept. 18 Inside Washington interview.

New Fish-Wildlife director to be named Saturday 

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is scheduled on Saturday to select one name from candidates being considered to succeed retiring Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Phil Anderson. The agenda also calls for adopting new sportfishing rules during the meeting set...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 6, 2015

MONDAY, JAN. 5, 2015

TUESDAY, DEC. 9, 2014

Colchuck Lake in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness photographed Sept. 15, 2012, under smoky skies from nearby forest fires. (Stephanie Akker)

Wilderness compromises don't please everyone

PUBLIC LANDS -- While some groups are pleased with compromises that have prompted Congress to finally take some action on wilderness bills and other public lands initiatives, some groups say the deals went too far. Groups ask senators to pull public lands package from defense...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 2, 2014

MONDAY, NOV. 17, 2014

FRIDAY, NOV. 7, 2014

Flamingos gather at lagoons in the high Andes of South America.   (Pacific Biodiversity Institute)

Birding, fly fishing programs presented this week

OUTGROUPS – Inland Northwest outdoors groups have drummed up some good stuff for their monthly free programs. Among this week’s offerings are: • Trans-America touring and local bicycling programs will be discussed by three speakers, 6:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 10, at Riverview Retirement Center, 2117...

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MONDAY, OCT. 13, 2014

THURSDAY, OCT. 9, 2014

Five hikers link hands to encircle an ancient cedar in a grove that survived the 1910 fires -- and many more through several centuries -- in the West Fork of Fish Creek. The drainage is in the heart of the proposed Great Burn Wilderness.  (Bob Clark)

Montana may expand protection for Fish Creek

FISHING -- Although it flows into the Clark Fork River below Interstate 90, Fish Creek is a sleeper resource unknown to most anglers. Luckly, Montana conservationists and fisheries managers have taken note. Here's the latest effort to preserve the habitat and potential for a fishery...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 30, 2014

Garry Schalla, hired in 2014, is the Inland Northwest Land Trust's executive director. (Inland Northwest Land Trust)

Land Trust names new director; sets fall outing 

CONSERVATION -- The Spokane-based Inland Northwest Land Trust has named a new executive director to oversee its private-land conservation efforts in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. Garry Schalla has assumed the post held by Christopher DeForest, who has moved to a field-related position. Schalla previously...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 11, 2014

The 3rd annual Upriver Scrub volunteer clean-up is set for Sept. 26, 2014.

Volunteers needed for river clean-ups 

RIVERS -- The big, annual Spokane River Clean-up that's been organized by Friends of the Falls has been tabled this year, but two other worthy river clean-up efforts are still looking for volunteers. Coeur d'Alene River Saturday, Sept. 13: The third annual North Fork Coeur...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 5, 2014

A pair of common loons produced one chick in their first nesting effort at Long Lake in 2009. The female loon was back on a nest in May 2010 before Fish and Wildlife Department officials reported that she had been shot around May 9. Photo by Daniel Poleschook Jr. (Photo by Daniel Poleschook Jr.)

Outdoor groups revive monthly programs

OUTTEACH – After a summer hiatus, Inland Northwest outdoors groups are reviving monthly free programs. Among this week’s offerings are: Bicycling Trans-Washington, 6:30 p.m., Monday, at Riverview Retirement Center, 2117 E. North Crescent Ave., for Spokane Bicycle Club. Audubon Adventures, birding and nature activities for...

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A plane drops fire retardant as firefighters battle a blaze in El Portal, Calif., near Yosemite National Park on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Firefighters in the state are also battling another wildfire in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Sacramento. (Al Golub / Fr149129 Ap)

Firefighting efforts rob forest health funding

PUBLIC LANDS – National conservation groups are backing a bill in Congress that would help prevent wildfire fighting operations from dipping into funding for forest health and wildfire prevention programs. “How we account for fire suppression costs in the federal budget absolutely must change if...

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MONDAY, AUG. 25, 2014

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 20, 2014

Idaho's wildlife license plates raise money for non-game wildlife conservation.

Idaho license plates focus on wildlife 

CONSERVATION -- First the state bird, then an elk, and a trout. These iconic Idaho species are featured on the state's wildlife specialty license plates that can be seen on the front and rear bumpers of thousands of vehicles in Idaho in license plate program...

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MONDAY, AUG. 18, 2014

Methow forest areas reopen as fires reduced

PUBLIC LANDS -- Methow Valley and Tonasket Ranger Districts on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest have reopened many of the areas that were closed because of the Carlton Complex wildfires. Areas reopened on Sunday include: East Chewuch area Upper West Chewuch area, including Andrews Creek and...

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