Trail & Conservation News

Fly-fisherman holding a wild steelhead in the water.

Bold Proposal to Restore Snake River Salmon & Steelhead

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.

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Help Needed To Restore Habitat After Wildfire in Lincoln County

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.

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Map of the Blue Mountains Trail in northeast Oregon.

Remapping a Lost Thru-Hike in Northeast Oregon

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.

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Bikers along a windy dirty trail on the Saltese Uplands area in the city of Liberty Lake, Washington.

Funds Needed to Protect Saltese Uplands

Liberty Lake, Wash. When your boots crunch through the dirt, or your tires race over a technical section of trail, or you catch a glimpse …

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Forested area during the fall with a mountain in the background.

Land Conservancy Celebrates 30th Anniversary

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 …

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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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Positive Recreation News: 5 Highlights from 2020

Many Inland Northwest outdoor institutions accomplished significant goals in 2020. Here is a brief summary of multiple benchmarks that vastly improved regional recreation.

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Forested area during the fall with a mountain in the background.

Waikiki Springs Expanded Recreation Area

Spokane, Wash.   The north Spokane recreation area commonly referred to as Waikiki Springs nearly doubles this fall as Inland Northwest Land Conservancy (INLC) announces the …

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Urban Trails book on a map.

New Urban Trails Guidebook for Spokane & Coeur d’Alene

Spokane, Wash.  Rich Landers earned his hiking legend status back in 1987 when he authored “100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest.” Since then, he followed up that seminal title with paddling …

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Trail & Public Lands Champion: Bill Kinzel

Some of us only ride, hike, or run trails. But there are many others who also support outdoor recreation and conservation groups and volunteer their …

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