Trail & Conservation News
Welcome to The Trailhead — a new column that replaces “Hike of the Month” to serve as a round-up of interesting projects and plans for trails in the Inland Northwest.
Three ways volunteers can help pick-up trash along the river in 2021: public clean-up events, DIY group events, and business/civic group events. Spokane Riverkeeper and the Spokane River Forum clean-up events are happening this spring and summer.
Federal district court in Montana ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service violated the Endangered Species Act by ignoring the impacts of the Rock Creek Mine proposal on federally-protected grizzly bears and bull trout.
Snake River wild salmon and steelhead population is drastically declining, and the solution is to remove the four lower Snake River dams to allow salmon easier access into the 5,000+ miles of pristine upstream river habitat. The Columbia Basin Fund initiative proposed by Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson (R) aims to do that. Citizens need to voice their support to Congress.
Spokane Audubon Society is raising funds for the planting of grasses and forbs on and near Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area in Lincoln County, which was damaged after the Whitney fire in September 2020. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) estimates $30,000 needed for forb restoration.
The Blue Mountains Trail, a work in progress for decades, has evolved into a 566-mile point-to-point long-distance trail with a spiral shape connecting its two ends, Wallowa Lake State Park near Joseph and John Day.
Spokane, Wash. Since its founding, the Inland Northwest Land Conservancy has protected more than 22,000 acres in public and private areas throughout Spokane and Kootenai …
Many Inland Northwest outdoor institutions accomplished significant goals in 2020. Here is a brief summary of multiple benchmarks that vastly improved regional recreation.