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State lands commissioner talks conservation, climate change at Dishman Hills

Over 60 people crowded into a little log building at the Dishman Hills Natural Area on Friday night to hear Washington Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz layout her plan …

UPDATED: Tue., July 16, 2019

Wildfire danger in July down to normal levels

The threat of wildfire declined in July with cloudy, wet weather, but that could all change in August, Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz said Tuesday.

Judge rejects plan for public land grazing allotments

An administrative law judge has rejected a plan for public land grazing allotments in south-central Idaho that would have destroyed re-emerging sagebrush in favor of non-native plants to increase forage …

Logging in to get out: Interactive online videos expose students to the great outdoors

Students and members of the public can take a virtual field trip from the backyard to the backwoods of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem this fall through a program being offered …

Congress approves major public lands, conservation bill

A wide-ranging bill that revives a popular conservation program, adds 1.3 million acres of new wilderness, expands several national parks and creates five new national monuments has won congressional approval.

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 12, 2019

Here’s what the massive public-lands bill means for conservation, climate change in Washington state

The U.S. Senate Tuesday approved a sprawling public-lands bill containing everything from a measure to give Seattle’s Nordic Museum a national designation to one that authorizes a multibillion-dollar Yakima Valley …

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 29, 2018

2018: The year outdoors

2018: The year outdoors

2018: Top outdoor stories

The most read outdoor stories of 2018 presented chronologically.

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 29, 2018

2018: Outdoor transitions

2018: Outdoor transitions

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 29, 2018

2018: Outdoor achievements

Feats of outdoor bravery, skill and persistence were achieved in 2018.

Lawmakers debate Cantwell fix after conservation fund lapses

A popular program that supports conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the country expired after Congress could not agree on language to extend it.

A pit stop in America’s public lands: the world’s best hotel

After 15 hours of near straight driving I was verging on the hallucinatory.

Lake Spokane, Riverside State Park futures to be discussed, Wednesday

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold two meeting in the Spokane-area to discuss long-term boundary and land classification options for the Lake Spokane area and Riverside State …

2017: The year outdoors

A lot of ground was covered in the Great Outdoors in 2017, but no one accomplished a more skillful feat than rock-jock Alex Honnold.

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 18, 2017

Interior chief urges shrinking 4 national monuments in West

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending that four large national monuments in the West be reduced in size, potentially opening up hundreds of thousands of acres of land revered for …

Renewed interest in oil drilling in Arctic Wildlife Refuge mobilizes wilderness advocates

Dan Ashe, who rose from the ranks of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2011 to become its 16th director, finally got his chance to visit the Arctic National …

Zinke signs order to expand hunting, fishing on public lands

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed an order on Friday to expand hunting and fishing on federal land, saying it would improve wildlife management and conservation.

Field reports: Ducks bountiful for upcoming hunting seasons

Just as Washington was flush with water this spring, hunters can expect a bounty of local ducks when seasons open this fall.

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 24, 2017

Zinke won’t eliminate any national monuments

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced Thursday he won’t seek to rescind any national monuments carved from the wilderness and oceans by past presidents. But he said he will press for …

Groups make last-minute push to save national monument areas

The Trump administration this spring ordered a review 27 national monuments declared by former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama under the 1906 Antiquities Act.

Froma Harrop: Way of life versus fossil fuels

The fight is about more than environmentalism versus fossil fuels. It’s about money versus money. And if that’s the case, why would fossil fuel interests win over ranching, farming and …

Out & about: Washington State surveys public attitudes on plethora of public land access permits

Washington state agencies are looking into simplifying the quagmire of cards, stickers or vehicle mirror-hanger documents required for recreating on local, state and federal lands and perhaps even private timber …

Seniors snap up US national park passes before price hike

Seniors are snapping up so many lifetime passes good for U.S. national parks and other recreation areas ahead of a steep price increase later this month that some government agencies …

Field reports: Outdoors industry supports public lands in Salt Lake rally

Approximately 2,500 people marched in Salt Lake City Thursday to show support for federal public lands in a departing salvo from the Outdoor industry.

Out & About: Seniors to pay more for federal lands pass

Congress passed legislation in December that will significantly ramp up the cost of a federal pass that gets citizens age 62 and older into federal recreation sites where entry fees …

UPDATED: Tue., June 27, 2017

Zinke calls for fewer barriers to development on public land

Removing bureaucratic obstacles to development on federal land can create jobs and offer hope to nearby communities, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Tuesday in hinting at long-term changes in store …

Field Reports: South Hill group seeks reopening of bluff access

A public meeting is scheduled this week on a South Hill group’s proposal to reopen a city easement at 44th and Scott to provide neighborhood public access to the bluff …

Trial date delayed for Bundy and sons in Nevada standoff case

A federal judge in Las Vegas is pushing back the trial date for Nevada rancher and states’ rights advocate Cliven Bundy, four of his sons and six other defendants until …

UPDATED: Tue., May 9, 2017

Oregon State Land Board: Oldest state forest to stay public

The Oregon State Land Board on Tuesday ditched its plan to sell the Elliott State Forest, deciding to keep it in public hands and ordering the Department of State Lands …

Wild horses expensive as adoption interest wanes

Billijo Beck and her 10-year-old daughter Grace walked the dusty path between Challis Wild Horse Corral pens last week looking for an addition to their stables. There were 18 horses …