LAKES – A study of Priest Lake water levels and Thorofare navigation will be explained in an open house meeting on Thursday from 2-5 p.m. at the Priest Lake Groomers & Ambulance Building, 4677 Dickensheet Rd., Coolin.
The Priest Lake Water Management Study was initiated by the Idaho Department of Water Resources Board to evaluate opportunities for improving the operation of the Priest Lake and Priest River system. The study is being conducted by consultants from Edmonds, Washington.
According to project managers, the study will look into:
Preserving lake levels through the recreational season. “This goal supports the local economy and meets current lake level requirements,” officials say in a release. “It also avoids any negative impacts to downstream river flows.”
Maintaining marine access through The Thorofare, a channel between Upper Priest Lake and Lower Priest Lake.
The public can leave written comments at the meeting.
Bear awareness program presented by biologist
WILDLIFE – A free presentation on bears and how to avoid bear attacks will be presented by a state wildlife biologist on Monday at 7 p.m. at Mountain Gear Corporate Headquarters, 6021 E. Mansfield Ave.
Annemarie Prince, of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, plans to cover bear biology, safety and demonstrate the use of bear spray in a program organized by the Spokane Mountaineers.
Sen. Risch sets meeting on Scotchman wilderness
PUBLIC LANDS – The staff of U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) will hold another open house meeting to present information about the Idaho portion of the proposed Scotchman Peaks Wilderness on Tuesday at Clark Fork High School, 121 E. 4th Ave., Clark Fork.
Information about a potential wilderness will be on display from 4-7 p.m. and representatives from Risch’s office and officials from the U.S. Forest Service will be available to answer questions. Public comments will be collected.
Nordic trail work at Mount Spokane
TRAILS – The first cross-country ski trail maintenance day of the season at Mount Spokane State Park took place on Saturday as volunteers organized by Selkirk Nordic pruned and thinned marked trees at Tripps Knob and stacked firewood for the stove in the Selkirk Lodge.
Volunteer coordinator Tim Ray said the next Nordic trail work day is July 30. To sign up, contact Ray by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Baiting for wolves considered by Idaho
HUNTING – Idaho is surveying public opinion whether to consider allowing the use of bait for hunting gray wolves.
While Idaho and Montana already have seasons for hunting and trapping wolves, the public has until July 27 to complete an online survey on whether Idaho should become the first state to allow hunters to use bait in hunting wolves.
It is legal in Idaho to use bait in the form of skinned mammal carcasses and other meat products to attract bears. The new proposal, which is available for public viewing and commenting on the IDFG website, expands on that longtime rule to include gray wolves.
Hunters already have been permitted to kill gray wolves responding to bait set for black bears within bear season if the hunter also possesses a wolf permit.
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