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THURSDAY, FEB. 26, 2015

A cutthroat trout from Kelly Creek in the Clearwater National Forest of Idaho. (Rich Landers)

Clearwater Collaborative says working together works

PUBLIC LANDS -- The Clearwater Collaborative, a working group of various interests, from recreation and conservation to the timber industry, has issued a report listing its accomplishments in working out management issues for the Clearwater-Nez Perce National Forests. Even though some will say they come...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 17, 2015

THURSDAY, FEB. 5, 2015

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 28, 2015

MONDAY, JAN. 26, 2015

TUESDAY, JAN. 6, 2015

TUESDAY, DEC. 23, 2014

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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FRIDAY, DEC. 5, 2014

The early morning sun hits fresh snow on Steamboat Mountain in the Rocky Mountain Front Range as a pickup travels south on Interstate 15 near Ulm, Mont., on Wednesday. A storm dumped large amounts of heavy, wet snow across parts of Montana on Tuesday evening. 
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Congress finally gives wilderness a nod 

PUBLIC LANDS -- Congress shook its inability to work across the aisle this week and passed public lands legislation that's been years in the making. The U.S. House on Thursday passed a defense spending bill containing a broad public lands package for the West. In...

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MONDAY, NOV. 24, 2014

S-R Outdoors editor Rich Landers and his dog, Scout, accompanied Jim Costello, center, to the Rock Lake area of the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness to survey areas that could be impacted by proposed mines.  The Montanore and Rock Creek mines would drill from outside wilderness boundaries into ore deposits underneath the Northwestern Montana wilderness area. (Rich Landers)

Mining in the Cabinets: It's a question of wilderness 

PUBLIC LANDS -- I'm getting mixed reviews in comments and emails about my Sunday Outdoors story: Not-so-wild wilderness: Mining proposals threaten Cabinet Mountains streams, lakes and grizzlies. Some people say I featured only wilderness activists and that there's really nothing to worry about regarding the...

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MONDAY, NOV. 17, 2014

FRIDAY, NOV. 7, 2014

THURSDAY, OCT. 23, 2014

Andrus favors Boulder-White Clouds monument

PUBLIC LANDS -- While a Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, requests a little more time to persuade his party's naysayers to let him usher in a new Idaho wilderness, former Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus says it's time for action: Andrus urges Idaho Boulder-White Clouds be named...

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MONDAY, OCT. 20, 2014

MONDAY, SEPT. 29, 2014

FRIDAY, SEPT. 26, 2014



FRIDAY, SEPT. 5, 2014

Beth Cortright rappelling down Birthday Pit in Tears of the Turtle Cave. (James Hunter / Courtesy)

The Bob has a deep, dark wilderness secret 

PUBLIC LANDS -- As many times as I've been into the Bob Marshall Wilderness in my home state of Montana, I've never explored this deep, dark, wilderness secret. The Missoula Independent reports that Tears of the Turtle, the deepest known cave in the continental United...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 29, 2014

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