Bush with petite pink flowers with view of the Spokane River and Monroe Street Bridge in the far background.

Spokane Water Conservation Wisdom

Water conservation needs to be a way of life so there’s enough water in our rivers and streams for fish, wildlife, and summertime recreation.

Shallan selfie photo with Carol in the background tending to a campfire.

Friendship Connections In the Great Outdoors

Time spent in the outdoors strengthens relational bonds and inspires self-discovery and awareness. Personal essay by Shallan Knowles.

Leashed dog on a trail in front of her owner.

Editorial: To Leash or Not to Leash Your Dog?

In a city or other developed area with people walking and biking on public lands, trails, and roads, keep your dog on-leash.

Bikes parked at Riverside State Park's Nine Mile Falls Dam area.

Imagine Bikepacking a New “Spokane Trail”

What if Spokane had a long-distance trail encircling the city that connected parks and conservations areas using existing trails & pathways?


Living Local & Other Silver Linings of the Covid-Era

When the pandemic shut down normal activities, “living local” became more than a quaint notion to strive for and silver linings were revealed.

Derrick Knowles on his mountain bike, loaded with gear for bikepacking.

Are We Loving Public Lands to Death?

Too much trash, toilet paper, and human waste has followed wilderness-loving masses into our public lands. We all need to follow basic Leave No Trace practices.

Derrick Knowles on his mountain bike, loaded with gear for bikepacking.

Too Hot: 7 Ways to Do Better for Our Climate

Ways to take more responsibility for our impact on our destabilizing climate. Extreme heat, drought, and wildfires threaten outdoor recreation and much more.

Person biking on the Centennial Trail that runs alongside the Spokane River.

The Secret Is Out: Welcome to the Inland NW

More outdoor adventurers are moving here from other former outdoor Meccas. They can help make the Inland Northwest a better place to live for all of us.

The author steelhead fishing on the Columbia River_Photo Jeff Holmes.

A Path Forward for Inland NW Salmon

A proposal for a Columbia Basin Fund could keep salmon from extinction in the Snake River basin, which includes pristine rivers in Idaho, NE Oregon and SE Wash.

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