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Field reports: DNR commissioner to unveil forest health bill

Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz and Rep. Larry Springer (D-Kirkland) will join experts and advocacy leaders from across the state Tuesday for a virtual event to unveil a bill that would create a dedicated funding source for wildfire response, forest restoration and community resilience strategies.

Field reports: Lawsuit filed to challenge spring bear hunt

Two Washington residents filed a lawsuit in Thurston County Court last week to challenge the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Dec. 18 decision to authorize a largely recreational bear hunt this spring.

Field Reports: Washington finalizes rules reducing whale-watching vessel noise

Washington’s Fish and Wildlife Commission voted Friday to finalize new rules that will apply to the state’s commercial whale-watching vessels. While the rules seek to protect endangered Southern Resident killer whales from vessel noise and disturbance from whale-watching boats, they still allow for watching during the summer months when the whales are foraging in the Salish Sea.

Panhandle seeks comment on forest management project

The Idaho Panhandle National Forests and Bureau of Land Management are inviting comments on the draft Environmental Assessment for a forest management project proposed near Bonners Ferry.

DNR to transfer 1,360 acres to WDFW in Douglas County

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources will transfer 1,360 acres of Douglas County rangeland to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife as part of a grant-funded transaction approved by the Board of Natural Resources on Tuesday morning.

Field reports: Wolf Advisory Group virtual meeting Nov. 19-20

The next Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Wolf Advisory Group meeting is scheduled for Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If more time is needed, additional meeting time is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday.

IDFG commission meeting in Lewiston

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet in Lewiston on Nov. 19-20, with the public hearing starting at 7 p.m. on Nov. 19 in the Clearwater Regional Office at 3316 16th Street. People can address the Commission about any matters related to Fish and Game at that time.

‘Unlikely Thru-Hiker’ presentation Monday

The Lands Council, along with Gonzaga University Environmental Studies Department and Friends of Scotchman Peak Wilderness, is happy to host Derick Lugo, author of "The Unlikely Thru-Hiker," for a presentation on Monday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m.

Friends of Columbia Gorge hold annual photo contest

Friends of the Columbia Gorge – a Portland-based conservation organization dedicated to protecting the scenic, natural, cultural, and recreational resources of the Columbia Gorge – is now accepting submissions for its sixth annual photo contest. The 2020 contest is entitled Picturing Protection.

Eastern Washington Orienteering Club hosts event

Ever been to Finch Arboretum? Here's your excuse to take a scenic fall tour of this pretty park that features trees planted as long as 100 years ago, and 80 varieties of lilacs.

Washington DNR releases 2020 Forest Action Plan

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources released its 2020 Forest Action Plan (https://www.dnr.wa.gov/ForestActionPlan) on Oct. 26 outlining more than 100 priority actions to improve and conserve forests across Washington, including goals that support fish and wildlife, rural economies, wildfire response, outdoor recreation, family forestry, urban trees, and clean air and water.