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UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 12, 2019, 5:21 p.m.

Volunteers plant 3,000 plants in downtown Spokane, 250 pines along Centennial Trail

Around 400 volunteers planted about 3,000 small plants and 250 trees at two sites as a part of the Lands Council and Avista’s eighth annual Reforest Spokane Day.


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 25, 2019, 10:18 p.m.

Ski expansion fight over, old-growth hike gains appreciation

After about 74 acres of land were cleared for new ski runs that opened in December, the Lands Council’s Old Growth Hike shifted focus from advocating against the expansion to …


Spokane influence played out in recommendation against Vancouver Energy Terminal

Gov. Jay Inslee’s decision to reject a permit for a massive oil-by-rail terminal along the Columbia River was influenced by local residents’ worries about the potential for an oil train …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 16, 2017, 10:21 p.m.

Hundreds of volunteers descend for annual Spokane River cleanup

Every year for 14 years, tons of trash have been scoured from Spokane’s namesake waterway by hundreds of volunteers dedicated to making the river safer and more beautiful for everyone.


Lands Council looking for volunteers for river cleanup

The Lands Council seeks the community’s help in cleanup a stretches of the Spokane River on Sept.16.


UPDATED: Fri., July 21, 2017, 10:52 p.m.

Washington Supreme Court grants injunction blocking controversial logging on Mount Spokane

The order handed down Friday follows two legal rulings upholding a decision allowing the 800-acre expansion of ski runs. Logging could have begun as early as Aug. 1, the same …


UPDATED: Mon., May 8, 2017, 12:01 p.m.

A legacy in land and water: Longtime activists John and Rachael Osborn moving to Vashon Island

After decades at the forefront of contentious environmental battles, John and Rachael Osborn are ready for some downtime. The longtime activists are leaving Spokane for Vashon Island and semi-retirement.


Plant-lovers grow a business

The newest shop in Saranac Commons offers a bright burst of color in the midst of dreary winter white. Parrish & Grove Botanicals, owned by Amanda Parrish, 30, and Chelsea …


For Earth Day, channel your inner animal

Celebrate Earth Day this weekend in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene.


Spokane Tribe asks Inslee to stop Mount Spokane ski area expansion

Opponents of expanding downhill skiing at Mount Spokane State Park have appealed to Gov. Jay Inslee to overturn approval for a chairlift and seven runs on the mountain’s northwest face.


Serving Spokane Valley: Lands Council coaxes trees’ growth along Latah Creek

For now, the banks of Latah Creek near Valleyford are overgrown with weeds and invasive grasses. But environmentalists hope that in 50 years, a grove of towering aspen and cottonwood …


Environmental groups ask for review of Mount Spokane decision

OLYMPIA – Environmental groups are asking Thurston County Superior Court to overturn a state agency’s decision allowing the Mount Spokane ski area to expand into areas with old-growth forest. The …


Mt. Spokane Ski expansion approved after 5-2 vote

The Washington Parks and Recreation Commission voted Thursday to allow an expansion of downhill skiing at Mount Spokane State Park. Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard plans to build a new …


Rules sought for conflicts over wolves

Northeast Washington ranchers have begun moving their cattle to remote Forest Service meadows, where many of the herds will spend the summer grazing in territory occupied by the state’s growing …


Council implements PCB-free product preference

Spokane is taking what’s described as another big step toward improving water quality. New policies adopted last week require City Hall purchasing managers to give preference to PCB-free products ranging …


Confluence Project lets science students get outdoors

MOUNT SPOKANE STATE PARK – Cass Hansen’s head just crested the top of a snow pit that she and other Post Falls High School students dug on Wednesday. The snow …


Shadle-area stormwater gardens will filter runoff

The city is contracting with the Lands Council on a pilot stormwater management project in the Shadle area. “We are pretty excited about this,” said Mike Peterson, executive director of …


Lands Council, STCU, students team up on watershed restoration

The sun-dappled water glistened in the late morning light and so did the foreheads of the teens who planted trees along Hangman Creek last week. While some kids learn about …


Neighbors want vacant lots to bloom

Commuters on Interstate 90 likely noticed as homes along the East Central stretch of the freeway began to disappear. Washington state Department of Transportation has been buying up several city …


Groups fighting plan for Mount Spokane ski area

Environmentalists turned up the heat Wednesday in their legal challenge to the proposed expansion of the downhill ski area on Mount Spokane. The Lands Council argued in an appeal before …


Organizers take lessons from last year’s reforesting event

Thousands of trees planted in Spokane County last year are dead. The Lands Council rallied hundreds of volunteers a year ago to plant 10,000 ponderosa pine seedlings at a dozen …


Returning farmland to a state of nature

Amanda Parrish and Joe Cannon have been tramping across acres of stream bank this spring planting trees and shrubs in a major watershed restoration along Coulee and Deep creeks in …


Photo: New ponderosas adorn former YMCA site

Grove of trees also honors the late Susie Stephens: Nancy MacKerrow holds a picture of her daughter, Susie Stephens, in front of 10 newly planted ponderosa pine trees on Wednesday …


Hundreds plant ponderosas bought with prize funds

Spokane got a little greener Saturday. Hundreds of shovel-wielding volunteers planted 10,000 ponderosa pines at a dozen locations in the area.


Lands Councils gets $20,000 to plant pines

The Lands Council of Spokane has received a $20,000 grant from Tom’s of Maine to plant 10,000 native ponderosa pines in urban areas.


A ponderous task

Inland Northwest residents often take ponderosa pines for granted. They’re scrappy survivors of the tree world, thriving on empty lots and barren highway medians. They take root in rocky soil …


Grant for planting ponderosa pines

Inland Northwest residents often take ponderosa pines for granted. They’re scrappy survivors of the tree world, thriving on empty lots and barren highway medians. They take root in rocky soil …


Forest’s wild areas may get protection

To protect the rugged character of the Colville National Forest’s special places, more of them should be federally designated wilderness areas, forest officials say. The Colville’s managers proposed adding 101,000 …


Judge tosses challenge to Idaho’s roadless management plan

Idaho’s blueprint for managing millions of acres of backcountry roadless areas has been upheld by a federal judge, who said the plan won’t degrade habitat for grizzly bears or woodland …


Lands Council plans wine tasting

If your sweetheart is passionate about conservation, consider the Lands Council wine and dessert tasting next Thursday as a Valentine’s Day warm-up. The dinner will be held at Lone Canary …