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SATURDAY, JULY 22, 2017

SATURDAY, JULY 8, 2017

Beargrass, common in high reaches of Mount Spokane, the Selkirk Mountains and throughout the Rockies, can sprout more than 5 feet tall. (Rich Landers)

Beargrass bloom booming at Mount Spokane

HIKING -- Summer "snow drifts" of blooming beargrass are luring hikers to trails at Mount Spokane State Park this week. Named by members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, beargrass isn't a grass. It's a plant that can have numerous basal rosettes on a common...

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THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2017

MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017

MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2016

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2016

SUNDAY, APRIL 3, 2016

MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2016

MONDAY, FEB. 29, 2016

Buttercup. (Jim Cummins)

Buttercups advance the season

FLORA -- The scablands may look brown from a distance at the end of February, but the buttercups that bloom with the first winter hint of sunshine and warmer temps shout "Spring" to walkers who get out and explore. Delightful buttercup images from the past...

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MONDAY, MAY 25, 2015

MONDAY, MAY 5, 2014

Dandelion. (Rich Landers)

Dandelion: The weed that feeds

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- I was driving through Canada's Kootenay National Park in spring early in the morning one year when I spotted a black bear paralleling the highway in the vegetation along the road. I stopped and watched. The bear walked for a quarter mile...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014

Arrowleaf balsamroot brightens the Wenaha River Trail into the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness near Troy, Ore. (Paul Knowles)

Wenaha River trail in full bloom for hikers

BACKPACKING -- This has been a perfect week to backpack the Wenaha River trail into the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness. Here's what Paul Knowles, Spokane County Parks planner, had to say after returning from a weekend trek into the area Went down to the Wenaha this weekend....

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TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2014

White Bluffs bladderpod, are found primarily on federal lands, occupying cliffs overlooking the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River. The species was recommended for Endangered Species Act protections in May 2012. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Sign up: Hanford Reach wildflower tours

NATIVE PLANTS -- Spring wildflower tours at Hanford Reach National Monument have proved so popular, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is doubling the number of tours this year -- and asking people to sign up for a lottery to fill the slots. This year’s...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 2014

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2014

Paintbrush and penstemon grace the Seven Devils Loop in the Hells Canyon Wilderness.

Native plants highlighted in Moscow program

NATIVE PLANTS -- Learn about native plans, with emphasis on the penstemon family, at a free illustrated program by Nancy Miller on Thursday, March 27, at 1912 Center, Fiske Room (412 E. 3rd St.), Moscow, Idaho. Experience the rocky beauty, plants and animals seen in...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 18, 2014

A clump of buttercups are among the first flowers of the coming season. (Mike Prager)

Buttercups defy winter to pave way for spring

NATURE -- Less than two weeks after single-digit temperatures chilled the region, the cheery buttercups -- bold, ground-hugging harbingers of spring -- were blooming in profusion around the Dishman Hills Natural area, according to Jeff Lambert of the Dishman Hills Conservancy.

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TUESDAY, AUG. 13, 2013

SUNDAY, JULY 21, 2013

MONDAY, JULY 8, 2013

Beargrass, common in high reaches of Mount Spokane, the Selkirk Mountains and throughout the Rockies, can sprout more than 5 feet tall. (Rich Landers)

Recent outdoors stories in the Spokesman-Review

Blizzard of beargrass brightens mountain slopes Idaho boat inspection stations on the lookout for invasives Resort still a Pit stop at Enaville Out & About: Raising a stink over goose poop... Idaho parks loaning gear to new campers... Geocaching featured at Washington State Parks... Sekiu...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2013

A profusion of wildflowers blooms in meadows surrounding the Paradise area at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington.  (Associated Press)

Mount Rainier tops for wildflowers

NATURE -- Mount Rainier National Park is one of the region’s most gorgeous places to visit and hike during wildflower season. Named the best wildflower spot in the U.S. by “Wildflower Wonders: The 50 Best Wildflower Sites in the World,” Mount Rainier National Park offers...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, 2013


At the U.S. Forest Service nursery in Coeur d'Alene, horticulturist Dave Foushee keeps watch over a pallet of whitebark pine trees, each about seven years old. The whitebark reaches maximum cone-bearing when it is about 250 years old. 
 (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

North Idaho botanical study needs survey volunteers

PUBLIC LANDS -- OUTSURVEY – Forest Service botanical studies in Lake Pend Oreille’s Lightning Creek drainage are recruiting volunteers for summer surveys. Helpers will monitor trails for noxious weeds and hike into alpine areas to survey whitebark pines. Plant identification and survey training sessions are...

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FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2013

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2013

MONDAY, MAY 13, 2013

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