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MONDAY, OCT. 13, 2014

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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MONDAY, SEPT. 22, 2014

The Lands Council's efforts to relocate beavers have received bipartisan support from the Washington Legislature. The only areas of concern have been some landowners and communication between some agencies.  (Courtesy The Lands Council)

Leave it to beavers to be ecology teachers

ENVIRONMENT – "Picnic with the Beavers," a hands-on environmental field learning day, complete with beavers and geared to families, is set for next Sunday, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at Liberty Lake State Park. The event is coordinated by The Lands Council. Read an S-R story about...

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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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TUESDAY, FEB. 25, 2014


Elk management on Idaho commission agenda

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will consider the state Fish and Game Department's revised elk management plan when it meets Jan. 15-16 at Fish and Game headquarters in Boise. A public hearing will begin at 7 p.m. January 15, in the...

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SUNDAY, NOV. 3, 2013

TUESDAY, OCT. 22, 2013

FRIDAY, OCT. 11, 2013

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 14, 2013

MONDAY, JULY 22, 2013

MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2013



A cutthroat trout meets the camera before being released.

North Idaho cutthroat need help from cool heads 

FISHING -- Warmer water temperatures being recorded in North Idaho streams and rivers are creating unhealthy conditions for trout, especially the region's westslope cutthroats, Idaho environmental officials said. A recent analysis by the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality shows that nearly 900 miles of streams...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 11, 2012

THURSDAY, SEPT. 20, 2012

Idaho forest dryness spikes; fire danger extreme

PUBLIC LANDS -- "We were sitting pretty good a couple of weeks ago, but there's been marked increase in field dryness," said Jason Kirchner, Idaho Panhandle National Forest public affairs officer, getting word out that potential for forest fires have changed remarkably in just the...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 14, 2012

FRIDAY, AUG. 17, 2012

A plugged culvert diverted streamflow onto this forest road in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Legacy Roads and Trails Program funding paid to decommission the high-risk area in this photo, according to Northwest Public Radio. The remaining road was rerouted. (U.S. Forest Service, Region 6)

Fish suffering from Forest Service road neglect

PUBLIC LANDS -- Shrinking budgets at national forests are putting the squeeze on native fisheries. Cutbacks in maintaning mountain roads have left a backlog of work totalling more than $1 billion in the national forests of Washington and Oregon alone, the Forest Service officials report....

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TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2012

FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2012

MONDAY, FEB. 6, 2012

Paul Fish, owner of Mountain Gear based in Spokane. (Courtesy photo)

Spokane's Mountain Gear easy on environment

CONSERVATION -- Backpacker magazine and SNEWS named Spokane-based Mountain Gear the Sustainable Retailer of the Year at the recent 2012 Winter Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City. The annual award honors outdoor retailers that stand out as leaders for the industry and the communities...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 22, 2011


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