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Toppled trees provide primo bark beetle habitat, prompting temporary Mineral Ridge recreation area closure

UPDATED: Thu., April 8, 2021

As the trail switch backed and gained elevation the damage from January’s windstorm became visible.“This is where it starts to pick up,” said Debbie Paul a Bureau of Land Management Forester in Coeur d’Alene.Paul was hiking the Mineral Ridge trail, a popular 3.3-mile trail near Coeur d’Alene, in late February. A massive January windstorm toppled hundreds of trees in the 206-acre recreation area. Wind gusts as high as 61 mph splintered and ripped trees from the ground, mostly Douglas and Grand firs. Now, these trees are scattered like matchsticks across the hillside.
Sports >  Outdoors

Reader photo: Spring mallards

UPDATED: Wed., April 7, 2021

Web extra: Submit your own outdoors-related photographs for a chance to be published in our weekly print edition and browse our archive of past reader submissions online at spokesman.com/outdoors.
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Off the Grid: When your husband decides to move in

My husband got a job in town. The same town I live in. For the entirety of our friendship, courtship, and marriage, our relationship has been based on 48-hour-intervals and social media engagements. Needless to say, I’m panicking.
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Grizzly guru tries to defuse human conflicts with bears

In 1988, the renowned grizzly bear biologist Tim Manley was working as a research assistant on the South Fork Flathead River, trying to devise a reliable method for counting grizzlies in the dense and mountainous terrain of the Northern Continental Divide. More than a decade had passed since the species was federally protected in 1975, and a critical piece of the recovery puzzle remained missing: What is an accurate baseline population for grizzlies?