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MONDAY, OCT. 26, 2015

Al Goldner and Scott Wolff hike along a stream connecting two fishing lakes during a day-hike from a base camp to sample trout-holding waters in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness near Cooke City, Mont. (Rich Landers)

National Wilderness Workshop opening in Missoula

OUTPLAN – Public lands and wilderness experts will gather at the University of Montana this week to present 30 workshops on public lands and wilderness. The seventh-annual National Wilderness Workshop, set in Missoula for the first time, will bring together stakeholders from around the country...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 6, 2015


TUESDAY, SEPT. 8, 2015

THURSDAY, AUG. 27, 2015

FRIDAY, AUG. 7, 2015

White Cloud Mountains. (Bob Drzymkowski)

Obama signs Boulder-White Clouds Wilderness bill 

PUBLIC LANDS -- Less than three days after the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bill approving the Boulder-White Cloud Mountains area for wilderness designation, President Barack Obama has signed the bill into law, ending a 40-year effort. Obama signed the Senates approval of H.R. 1138,...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 4, 2015




Mountain bikers cross Warm Springs meadow on the Warm Springs Trail in the proposed Boulder-White Clouds wilderness area in central Idaho.  (Chris Cook / Associated Press)

Boulder-White Clouds wilderness bill gets hearing

PUBLIC LANDS -- Wilderness politics in Idaho is a fascinating process to watch: House committee hears testimony on Idaho wilderness bill At the House Resources Committee’s subcommittee on Public Lands hearing on Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson's proposed wilderness bill for lands in the Boulder-White Cloud...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 2015

FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2015

Ancient Temperate Rainforest in the South Quinault Ridge Proposed Wilderness, Olympic National Forest. 

  (Wild Olympics Campaign)

Wild Olympics Wilderness bill introduced in Senate 

PUBLIC LANDS -- Washington Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Derek Kilmer have introduced the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 2015 in Congress. The act introduced Thursday is designed to protect environmentally sensitive parts of the Olympic Peninsula. Murray and Kilmer...

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TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2015

Hillary Landers shares the top of Scotchman Peak with mountain goats above Clark Fork, Idaho. (Rich Landers)

Scotchman Peaks group plans hikes, trail work 

PUBLIC LANDS -- The Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness are launching another ambitious season of guided hikes, outings, trail work -- along with gentle advocacy for securing wilderness designation for a little piece of heaven northeast of Lake Pend Oreille. The group's newsletter, Peak...

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MONDAY, MAY 11, 2015

Deb Hunsicker, left, and Phil Hough, center, pose with a friend on Goat Mountain in the proposed Scotchman Peaks Wilderness wearing the shirts for the advocacy group, Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness based in Sandpoint. (Courtesy)

Scotchman Peaks Wilderness endorsed by Missoulian 

PUBLIC LANDS -- The Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness recently won a critical endorsement for protecting 88,000 acres northeast of Lake Pend Oreille from Bonner County Commissioners. Last weekend, the group continued to win mainstream acceptance for the proposal, with the editorial endorsement of...

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Jim Costello pauses during a summer hike at the main hiker campsite at Rock Lake in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness of Montana. (Rich Landers)

Hecla to focus on Rock Creek mine in Cabinets 

WILDERNESS -- The future owners of the Troy Mine confirmed its closure Monday, while committing to move forward on the nearby Rock Creek Mine plan to drill underneath the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness in northwest Montana, the Missoulian reports. Hecla announced it was acquiring Revett Mining...

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