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Inland NW Holiday Gift Guide 2022

Inland NW Holiday Gift Guide with ideas from OTO advertisers and other small businesses to make shopping local easier.

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close encounter with bears: black bear in the wild, standing up from a field of tall grass.

Close Encounters With Bears

Guidebook author James P. Johnson shares about his harrowing close encounters with bears while hiking in the wilds of Washington State.

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Volunteer on public lands: Livingston family on the Waikiki Springs Trail. Parents and children wearing matching blue t-shirts with forest trees in the background.

Volunteer On Public Lands & Trails

Volunteer on our public lands and trails — a healthy activity for all ages. Learn about opportunities with Inland NW organizations.

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Mill Butte's forest views -- forest with grassy understory, and single track hiking trail.

Hiking Mill Butte – NW Wash.

Mill Butte Trail is a 4.8-mile forested hike, located in the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge in NE Wash. Great for a fall hike!

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View of Bead Lake below from a rock cliff overlooking the Colville National Forest in NE Washington.

Inland NW Trail & Outdoor News: Fall 2022

The Trailhead — Info and updates about trails and outdoor recreation around the Inland Northwest for Fall 2022.

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Man hiking with trekking poles, wearing a backpack, along a rocky dirt trail with small red-colored bushes along the sides and mountain ridge in the distance.

Backpacking Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness

Travelogue of a 5-day backpacking trip in northeast Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness in the Wallowa Mountains.

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Toilet paper trash left behind on public lands, at a river beach.

Never Leave a Trace

With more visitors to public lands, human-induced wear and tear has increased and Leave No Trace practices are more important than ever.

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Bear poking its head out of a garbage can, licking its lips.

Bear Country Safety Advice

Learn how stay safe in bear country and prevent encounters, whether living or enjoying recreation in or near bear habitat areas.

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Close-up view of Chuck Bartlebaugh holding a can of bear spray with outstretched arms, with thumb pressing on top of spray can, demonstrating how to deploy bear repellent spray during a training session.

Bear Spray Science

A brief science history of bear spray, the red-pepper based repellent used by park rangers, hunters, and anyone else entering bear country.

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