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FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2013

Mountain goats walk around Hillary Landers near the top of Scotchman Peak northeast of Lake Pend Oreille. (Rich Landers)

Peak experience for mountain goats 

HIKING -- The greeting party was there, as usual on top of Scotchman Peak on Thursday, rewarding my daughter and me for our steep 7-mile-round-trip hike from the northeast corner of Lake Pend Oreille. Mountain goats that live on the Idaho peak towering above Clark...

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MONDAY, JULY 8, 2013

TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2013

A U.S. Forest Service pack string heads up the trail to Star Peak in the Kootenai National Forest loaded with materials to restore a fire lookout. In the lead is packer Cindy Betlach based in Troy, Mont., followed by mules from the Northern region mule string based at the Historic Ninemile Ranger Station northwest of Missoula. In the background is Billiard Table Peak and some of the area northeast of Lake Pend Oreille and along the Idaho-Montana border proposed as the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness. (Rich Landers)

Wilderness groups rally volunteers for projects

TRAILS – Two friends groups are making it easy for volunteers to help improve access or restore habitat in three of the Inland Northwest's choice backcountry areas. Friends of the proposed Scotchman Peaks Wilderness have a full schedule ranging from guided hikes to trail building...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2013

Backpackers David Kennedy of Pullman and Samantha Journot of Spokane hike above the Wenaha River, which runs into the heart of the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness in the Blue Mountains of Oregon and Washington. (Rich Landers)

Recent outdoors stories in The Spokesman-Review

Wenaha River offers rewards for muscle-powered adventurers Plastic debuts in Forest Service signs Moose killed after being injured in vehicle collision Field reports: Climbing risks shirked by Rainier rangers Busy summer of events for cyclists Out & About: Off-roaders trash wet forest meadows Weekly Hunting...

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MONDAY, JUNE 3, 2013

Backpackers trek out of the Wenaha-Tucannon Wildernes above the Wenaha River toward Troy, Oreg. (Rich Landers)

Wenaha River beckons backpackers

HIKING -- This photo is just a glimpse of the scenic value I enjoyed this weekend with other backpackers as we hiked up the Wenaha River from Troy, Oregon. The Wenaha is a major trib to the Grande Ronde, a former steelhead and salmon fishing...

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THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2013

TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2013

Wilderness films make case for Scotchmans 

p> PUBLIC LANDS -- Two short documentaries about the grassroots effort to secure wilderness status for the Scotchman Peaks northeast of Lake Pend Oreille will be presented Thursday (April 25) at Gonzaga University. The films and a presentation by the Friends of the Scotchman Peaks...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 2013

THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2013

In this June 2, 2009 file photo, Josh Laughlin, foreground, conservation director with Cascadia Wildlands, visits the waterfall that is the centerpiece of the Devil's Staircase wilderness proposal on the Siuslaw National Forest in Oregon's Coast Range. Legislation has been reintroduced in the U.S. Senate to designate the area as wilderness, along with other areas around the state. (Associated Press)

Oregon wilderness bills reintroduced in Senate

FORESTS – Longstanding proposals to protect rivers and forests in Oregon as wilderness areas have been reintroduced in Congress by Oregon’s two senators. The bills would expand the Oregon Caves National Monument and Wild Rogue Wilderness in southwestern Oregon, create new wilderness along the John...

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MONDAY, FEB. 25, 2013


FRIDAY, FEB. 22, 2013

Early morning fall underbrush is reflected along the mountainsides of Pistol Creek on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River Sept. 15, 2008. The area was devastated by fire in the summer of 2000, leavng smolding pines and incinerated ash which covered the forest floor. J. BART RAYNIAK The Spokesman-Review
 (J. Bart Rayniak)

Idaho focuses on wilderness trail maintenance

WILDERNESS -- Outfitters outraged about the disastrous condition of unmaintained trails in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness got a hearing Thursday in the Idaho Legislature. Result: State lawmakers want U.S. Forest Service officials to make trail repair a priority in the vast...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 20, 2013

MONDAY, FEB. 4, 2013

A female wolverine and her cubs are seen in the Gravelly Range of southwest Montana in 2007. The government said Friday that wolverine habitat is threatened by climate change. (Associated Press)

Week's top outdoors stories in the S-R

Here's a sampling of the top outdoors stories in the S-R from the past few days: Bills would rein in wolves Feds propose endangered status for wolverine Environmental groups vow to sue feds over caribou habitat State Park ranger wears multiple hats at Mount Spokane...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 9, 2013

THURSDAY, JAN. 3, 2013


Deb Hunsicker of Sagle snowshoes through the Ross Creek Grove of Ancient Cedars near the Bull River in Western Montana last January during a hike guided by Friends of the Scotchman Peaks. 
 (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Winter treks led by Scotchman Peaks group

WINTER SPORTS -- Tracking critters with a naturalist, studying winter ecology and a ladies-only snowshoe trek into an ancient cedar grove are among a dozen outings the public can join in a winter trip series led by the Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness. The...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 10, 2012

TUESDAY, SEPT. 4, 2012

FRIDAY, AUG. 17, 2012

THURSDAY, AUG. 16, 2012

MONDAY, AUG. 13, 2012

The Outdoor Retailer show has for years convened at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City. The Outdoor Industry Association has been a supporter of conservation. in 2013, members threatened to move the biannual expo of outdoor gear manufacturers out of Utah unless Gov. Gary Herbert changed course on environmental issues. (Associated Press)

Outdoor retailers give Utah ultimatum on wilderness 

PUBLIC LANDS —The outdoor recreation industry is flexing its economic muscle—some $640 billion spent annually by Americans on gear, travel and services—to push for wilderness protection in Utah, threatening to pull a lucrative biannual trade show if the state doesn't change course on environmental issues....

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TUESDAY, AUG. 7, 2012

WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2012

MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2012

FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2012

From St. Joe Lake, Trail 49 leads down 5.5 miles along the St. Joe River to Medicine Creek, where Road 320 follows another 5 miles of river to Heller Creek Campground.  From here, as pictured above, the river starts gathering a decent flow. This is the trailhead where backpackers begin a 17-mile trek downstream on Trail 48 through a roadless stretch of the river to Spruce Tree Campground. (Rich Landers)

Long-distance trail proposed for region

OUTBOUND – Spokane hiker-biker Derrick Knowles is proposing formal adoption of a 1,500-mile trail linking routes in a loop through prized wild areas of Washington, Idaho and Montana. The Inland Northwest Trail would range from the Selkirk Mountains to Hells Canyon and lead through six...

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