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UPDATED: Mon., April 10, 2017

A road washed away in an Idaho forest, revealing boxes of dynamite

A bomb squad from Spokane helped Idaho authorities remove two cases of dynamite from national forest land in North Idaho on Monday afternoon.


In which tenderfoot Ralph Walter heads to the forest for a Christmas tree

OFFICIALLY LOST, Idaho Panhandle National Forests — I’ve never been the type to hike through a snow-speckled forest in search of the perfect Christmas tree. Frankly, I’m not really into …


Five years in the making, new survey catalogs nearly 200 species across the Idaho Panhandle

After five years of work, an Idaho Department of Fish and Game biologist recently finished one of the most comprehensive records ever compiled about what lives in the Idaho Panhandle’s …


Some areas of Idaho Panhandle forest closed because of fire

Several small fires continue to burn on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests, closing some areas to recreation.


Small wildfire burning in remote area of Priest Lake Ranger District

A small wildfire is burning a mile south of Gleason Mountain in a remote area of the Priest Lake Ranger District, Forest Service officials said Monday.


Lightning believed to be cause of Idaho Panhandle fires

Crews are working to suppress two small fires on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests, which are believed to have been caused by lightning strikes over the weekend.


Salvage logging planned for Marble Creek area

The Idaho Panhandle National Forests has proposed a 173-acre salvage logging sale for an area that burned during the Marble Creek Fire last summer.


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.


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.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 3, 2015

Oliveria: WSU sorority makes amends to city of Coeur d’Alene

Some of you know that the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority of Washington State University cleaned litter from Tubbs Hill in September 2014. But did you know that 170 sorority sisters …


Scotchman Peak hiking trail closed due to aggressive goats

The popular trail to the summit of Scotchman Peak north of Clark Fork, Idaho, has been closed temporarily because of recent incidents with aggressive mountain goats, the Idaho Panhandle National …


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 …


Big chunk of N. Idaho national forest closed for fire danger

The U.S. Forest Service today closed a large chunk of the North Fork Coeur d’Alene River drainage due to a forecast of hazardous fire weather and because of close to …


Competition for huckleberries creating fights among pickers

Competition for huckleberries is creating conflicts in the woods, with reports of pickers fighting over patches of the sought-after berries. Gathering huckleberries is a cherished summer ritual for many Inland …


Hot forecast portends fire danger

An impending heat wave could put the Northwest in more fire danger. Washington State University meteorologist Nic Loyd said a heat wave will hit Sunday through Tuesday. In general, temperatures …


Forest Service deconstructing roads in Little North Fork watershed with $1.8 allocation

Will Young looks for signs of washout as he tramps along an old U.S. Forest Service road. It’s been years since logging trucks last lumbered down this dirt road, which …


Wood-gatherers good for forests

Using a chain saw on National Forest lands can actually be good for the trees. Each year, Inland Northwest residents haul thousands of truckloads of firewood out of local forests. …


Australian mining company to drill near Idaho’s Hall Mountain

An Australian mining company will conduct exploratory drilling this summer on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests near the Canadian border. MMG Ltd. is looking for zinc deposits in the Hall …


Pacific Northwest Trail offers lesser traveled trek through Idaho, Washington

About 20 people hike the length of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail each year, starting at Glacier National Park and trekking 1,200 miles to the Pacific Ocean. The trail …


Idaho counties air objections to new forest plan

North Idaho’s counties want more influence over how the U.S. Forest Service manages hundreds of thousands of acres in the region. Actions such as road closures, fire management and proposed …


Panhandle National Forests planning new headquarters in Coeur d’Alene

The Idaho Panhandle National Forests is planning a new headquarters in Coeur d’Alene. Construction of the two-story building will begin in 2018, and it will also house two other agencies. …


Lochsa land swap opposed by Forest Service retirees

A U.S. Forest Service land exchange that failed to win public support during years of study and hearings shouldn’t get pushed through Congress by Idaho’s delegation, a group of retired …


Bumblebee campground closing to cut sickly trees

One of North Idaho’s most popular campgrounds will be closed this year while the Forest Service removes hazardous trees. Towering Douglas firs and grand firs are part of the ambience …


Idaho Panhandle National Forests plan panned by environmentalists

Majestic old stands of pines, cedars and firs don’t have enough protections under the Idaho Panhandle National Forests’ draft management plan, according to environmental groups, who say the big trees …


Falling tree kills Sandpoint camper during storm

Thunderstorms pushed over a 200-foot-tall tree Sunday night in the Priest Lake area that killed a camper, sending staffers with the Idaho Panhandle National Forests into a scramble to assess …


Camper killed northwest of Priest Lake during Sunday’s storms

Idaho Panhandle National Forests staffers are scrambling to assess tree damage at developed forest sites after a visitor was killed in the Stagger Inn Campground northwest of Priest Lake by …


Landers: Snowmobilers still waiting for Selkirk access

Snowmobilers have been champing at the bit to make tracks across the crest of Idaho’s Selkirk Mountains, where they’ve been banned since 2005. On Nov. 27, the U.S. Fish and …


Lookout getting a new outlook

Volunteers recently began refurbishing a national forest lookout ravaged by age, weather and vandalism on Spyglass Peak in the upper reaches of the North Fork Coeur d’Alene River. The U.S. …


North Idaho hikers find peak place close to home

The Scotchman Peaks area northeast of Lake Pend Oreille is a roadless area the Sandpoint couple prizes. For seven years, Hough and Hunsicker have been leaders in Friends of the …


Collaboration offers suggestions for Panhandle Forests

For four decades, truckloads of logs rolling out of the woods were Bob Boeh’s primary interest in the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. No surprise since his employer, Idaho Forest Group, …