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Stories tagged: colville national forest

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 10, 2019

Spokane-area families create tradition by hunting for their Christmas trees in the forest (and the price is right)

Though not the most popular way to obtain a tree, cut-your-own Christmas trees remain an important part of family traditions – old and new – for some Spokane families.

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

Management plan adds 61,000 acres of wilderness area to Colville National Forest

After 15 years of deliberations, the U.S. Forest Service announced Tuesday it has approved a management plan for the Colville National Forest that creates about 61,000 acres of new protected …

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019

Judge blocks killing of wolf pack’s last surviving member in NE Washington

On Friday, a judge temporarily blocked the killing of the sole surviving member of the Old Profanity Territory wolf pack.

After nearly two decades, Colville Forest plan coming to a close

A nearly two-decade-long process determining the style and scope of management on the 1.1 million-acre Colville National Forest will come to a close this fall.

Colville Forest objection meeting scheduled for April 24-26

Individuals or groups who filed objections to the draft Colville National Forest Plan will have a chance to meet with officials April 24-26 in Colville.

Commercial video rules also apply to national forests

Last week, The Spokesman-Review reported that fishing guides on Lake Roosevelt have been

Colville Forest schedules call on objections

The U.S. Forest Service will hold a conference call to provide an update on the review of objections to the revised Colville National Forest Plan. The call will also discuss …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018

Ignoring years of collaboration, Colville National Forest reduces eligible wilderness areas in draft plan

A proposal that would have more than quadrupled the amount of protected wilderness in Eastern Washington came to a screeching halt this fall.

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 13, 2018

Togo wolf pack members kill another cow in northeast Washington

Members of the Togo wolf pack killed a cow in the Colville National Forest and injured another last week, according to state wildlife officials.

UPDATED: Sat., March 24, 2018

Wolf management proposal floated by Spokane-based conservation group asking ranchers to graze cattle on lower Colville National Forest allotments met with suspicion, hope

The Lands Council is proposing that ranchers who have grazing allotments on the Colville National Forest shift their cattle from higher allotments to lower elevation ones.

George Wuerthner: Harvesting dead trees is bad for forests

A recent article in the The Spokesman-Review (“Colville cutting down decades of decline,” Feb. 3) celebrated increased logging on the Colville National Forest. The main justification for logging is to …

Colville National Forest poised to set records as both timber harvest, restoration increase

After decades of declining timber harvests and forest restoration projects, the Colville National Forest has turned a corner and is dramatically increasing both.

In brief: Whitebark pines enhanced in Kettle River Range

Whitebark pines, a struggling but ecologically important species, are getting a boost in northeastern Washington from the Colville National Forest and the

Noisy Creek Fire near Sullivan Lake grows to about 1,700 acres; no structures threatened

A fire burning far north of Spokane in Pend Oreille County near Sullivan Lake grew to about 1,700 acres Monday night.

Courts refuse to halt collaborative effort to manage Colville timber sale

A to Z project planned by timber industry, environmentalists and local government has been allowed to go forward, helping preserve jobs and the resource.

Colville National Forest logging project can move forward, appeals court says

An environmental group trying to stop a logging project on the Colville National Forest was dealt another setback last week, when the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied its request …

Federal judge denies injunction, allows logging to continue near Colville

A federal judge ruled against an environmental group Friday seeking an emergency injunction to stop a logging project in the Colville National Forest in northeast Washington.

Colville National Forest recruiting for seasonal workers

The Colville National Forest is recruiting for 50 seasonal workers for 2017 in northeast Washington.

Local firefighters, forest officials tout wildfire preparedness but say more funding needed

At a roundtable discussion in Spokane on Friday, firefighting officials told Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers they’ve made great strides in preparing for this summer’s wildfire season, but more Congressional action …

Juel: A-to-Z Timber Sale a bad idea, and a bad model

Allowing company funded environmental reviews opens way to private control of national forests.

Forest Service adds land near Northport to Colville National Forest in $2.4 million deal

The United States Forest Service just bought about 2,400 acres that will add to the Colville National Forest and preserve areas around a Congressionally designated trail. The area surrounding Big …

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 9, 2015

Fourth-graders can get free Christmas trees from national forests

Fourth-grade students are eligible for a free Christmas tree permit from local national forests as part of an initiative to get children outdoors.

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 6, 2015

Colville Forest turns to timber company to lower fire danger

In a pilot project that has attracted national attention – and some controversy – the Colville National Forest has turned to a timber company to help it restore the forest.

Impact of summer wildfires still being gauged by forest experts

Wildfires can be both a beneficial and destructive presence in the Northern Rockies, and experts are still trying to get a read on the 2015 season.

Despite rain, threat of wildfires will remain into October

Sporadic showers and cool temperatures Monday continued to aid crews battling wildfires across the region, but officials cautioned that fire season could linger into October. Much of the forest remains …

Wildfire closes Kettle Crest trails

A 2,000-acre wildfire has closed several trails in the Kettle Crest area, a popular destination for hiking, biking and backpacking on the Colville National Forest.

Groups urge McMorris Rodgers to protect conservation funding method

For the past 50 years, oil and gas companies involved in offshore drilling have paid into a fund that has provided protection for the basalt formations in Riverside State Park, …

High holiday heat brings burn bans

With the extremely hot and dry conditions, Fourth of July campers in North Idaho and Eastern Washington should consider their campouts fire-free unless they have a fire ring inside a …

Wildfire on Colville Forest 50 percent contained

An 85-acre fire burning on the Colville National Forest is about 50 percent contained, according to the Forest Service.

Out & About: Mudders trash restored national forest meadow

OUTLAW – Colville National Forest officers are looking for tips in the case of a four-wheel-drive vehicle that left deep marks in a restored meadow this month. After the meadow …