Trail & Conservation News

National Park Service patch, brown with green pine tree and snowy mountain peak, on the sleeve of a park ranger.

First Native American Nominee to Head National Parks

Chuck Sams, member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and U.S. Navy veteran, would be the first Native American to lead the National Park Service.

Screenshot of webpage showing the My Backpacker hike recommendation feature.

Get Trail Suggestions For Your Next Hike From WTA

Guest Editorial by Loren Drummond, WTA digital content manager Seattle, Wash. As a nonprofit organization, everything we do at Washington Trails Association—including how we use …

Girl petting goats who are eating weeds at Pine Street Woods Community Forest.

Unconventional Herd Eliminates Weeds at Pine Street Woods

Pine Street Woods Community Forest near Sandpoint, ID, welcomes recreationists, as well as a herd of grazing animals to eat invasive plants.

Two children holding handfuls of snow on a summertime snowfield at Logan Pass in Glacier National Park.

Trailhead News: Public Hikes, Conservation Futures, & No-Fee Park Days

Welcome to The Trailhead, where we share important information about trails and outdoor recreation around the Inland NW. July-August 2021

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

New Sections Added to Spokane’s Centennial Trail

New sections of Spokane County’s Centennial Trail include one near Nine Mile Falls dam and the Summit Boulevard section near Kendall Yards.

volunteer trail builders standing on a trail boardwalk-bridge in the forest, holding mallets

Volunteer with Idaho Trail Association This Summer: Work Projects in Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Idaho Trails Association organizes volunteers to help clear trails around the state, and have a summer 2021 schedule of work projects in Idaho Panhandle National Forest.

Red, yellow, white, and purple wildflowers on the mountainside of the Pend Oreille River valley in northeast Washington.

The Trailhead: Trail Projects & Plans for May-June 2021

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.

Group of volunteers for the Spokane River Clean-Up, holding a sign that says Spokane Riverkeeper, and nearly 20 huge plastic bags of trash, depicting how much debris and litter was cleaned up.

Help Clean Up Along the Spokane River

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 Court Halts Proposed Rock Creek Mine

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.

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