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A proposal that would have more than quadrupled the amount of protected wilderness in Eastern Washington came to a screeching halt this fall.
A to Z project planned by timber industry, environmentalists and local government has been allowed to go forward, helping preserve jobs and the resource.
Voters are willing to support new wilderness designations on the Colville National Forest, a recent poll suggests, when they’re packaged with stepped-up timber harvests in other areas of the forest and new trails for off-road vehicles. The poll was paid for by nonprofit Pew Environment Group. It surveyed 552 likely voters in Spokane, Ferry, Pend Oreille and Stevens counties in late February.
On April 8, Washington sportsmen will finally learn if Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Gary Douvia of Kettle Falls has compromising photos of other commission members. The proof will be in the commission’s vote on a Stevens County proposal to establish a minimum four-point antler restriction for whitetail bucks in Game Management Units 117 and 121 – the state’s two most popular whitetail deer hunting units.
Can cutting trees help save a forest? In northeastern Washington, a broad coalition of loggers, environmental groups, government officials and others think so. They’ve put together a forest restoration grant proposal that would step up timber harvests in the Colville National Forest over the next 20 years.
A new documentary about collaboration on the Colville National Forest will be shown tonight at the Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St., in Spokane.