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Articles tagged recreation

Dec. 10, 2014, 12:30 p.m.

Tribes Object To Forced Opening Of 'Sacred Mountain' To Public

The Yakama Nation and neighboring tribes are strongly objecting to a Congressional move to offer public access to the summit of Rattlesnake Mountain, a place tribal members consider sacred.

Dec. 1, 2014, 9 a.m.

Infrared Trail Counters Help Monitor Use In Olympic Forest

Remote infrared trail counters are helping forest managers better understand when and where people hike in the Olympic National Forest.

Sept. 2, 2014, 7 a.m.

The Golden Anniversary For Wilderness In America

When you consider how long mountains, forests and deserts have been a part of the American landscape, 50 years is the blink of an eye. But it’s something of a milestone when a law protecting these places turns 50. That’s happening this week.

March 21, 2014, 2:23 p.m.

Rogue River Outfitters Hope For A Good Summer Season

A warm, dry winter brought little snow to parts of Southern Oregon. That made for a thin snowpack and a disappointing ski season. But federal water managers for the region's Rogue River Basin say there should be enough water for summer recreation.

March 14, 2014, 12:45 p.m.

A Lost Season For An Oregon Ski Area

Mt. Ashland ski area won’t be opening for the first time in the ski area's 50-year history.

March 3, 2014, 5:16 p.m.

Planned State Park In Eastern Oregon Falls Apart

A proposed state park in Eastern Washington is done in by opposition from local officials, and ranchers -- along with doubts it could attract visitors to such a remote location.

Feb. 13, 2014, 3:53 p.m.

Hikers Aim To Preserve The Tri-Cities' Dramatic Ridgelines

Avid hikers are trying to protect The Rattles -- mountains near southeast Washington's Tri-Cities -- from development as they can. They want to raise money to buy land for a network of public trails.

July 12, 2013, 11:39 a.m.

Breaking Trail: From Coastal Rain Forest To High Desert

Given Oregon's vast and varied terrain, trail advocates are promoting two new routes -- one through the lush forests of the state's Coast Range in the northwest, and another that takes trekkers through 800 miles of high desert in the southeast.

July 10, 2013, 1 a.m.

Do Mountain Bikes Belong On Mountain Slopes?

Mountain bike parks are catching on in the Northwest as a way to have downhill fun when the ski slopes are bare. But some environmental groups say mountain biking isn’t an appropriate activity on an ecologically sensitive slope of Oregon's Mount Hood.

May 22, 2013, 12:41 p.m.

Invasive Quagga Mussels Found At Ontario Boat Inspection Station

Oregon inspectors flagged a boat near the Idaho border for carrying invasive quagga mussels on board. Inspectors are gearing up for the boating season to keep them busy guarding against these shellfish, which have invaded much of the continental United States.

May 16, 2013, 4:50 p.m.

Enviros Say Not So Fast To Mountain Biking At Mount Hood's Timberline

A proposal to add 17 miles of trail for mountain bikes at Mount Hood's Timberline ski resort could hit the skids, thanks to a lawsuit. Environmentalists say the bikes would damage fragile alpine meadows.

May 15, 2013, 7:45 a.m.

SW Idaho Officials Refuse To Enforce Lake Lowell limits

Southwest Idaho officials say they will not use local law resources to enforce on-water regulations that might be enacted by federal authorities on Lake Lowell at the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge.

March 18, 2013, 7:19 a.m.

New Plan Seeks Wildlife-Recreation Balance At Idaho's Deer Flat Refuge

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a new draft plan for proposed changes at the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge in southwest Idaho.

Feb. 4, 2013, 6:55 a.m.

New Wallowa-Whitman Chief In No Hurry On Roads Plan

The new supervisor of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest says he doesn't feel any sense of urgency to make a decision about closing roads in the 2.4-million-acre expanse he manages.

Jan. 22, 2013, 5:15 p.m.

Western States' Public Lands Fight Comes To Idaho

A fight between Western states and the federal government over control of public lands has surfaced in the Northwest. Last year Utah and Arizona lawmakers passed bills requiring the feds to sign public land over to them. Now Idaho lawmakers are discussing a similar bill.

Dec. 17, 2012, 3:41 p.m.

Lawsuit Filed Against Expansion Plan For Ore. Ski Resort

Environmental groups have filed a new lawsuit against plans to expand the ski area at Mount Ashland in Southern Oregon.

Nov. 19, 2012, 2:42 p.m.

Plan To Close Dunes To Vehicles Progresses

Public comments on a plan to close some unauthorized off-road vehicle trails in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area are due by Dec. 10.

Sept. 19, 2012, 1 a.m.

Small-Time Gold Mining Creates A Big Stir

A recreational miner in Idaho now has the exclusive right to mine for gold along a stretch of the Salmon River. The lease process approved by the Idaho Land Board this week raises some questions about the suction dredging technique he will use to get the gold.

July 31, 2012, 4:01 p.m.

Columbia Gorge Wake-Board Park Draws Environmentalists' Ire

Some environmentalists are trying to scuttle a wake-boarding park that a Portland developer wants to build on the Columbia River as part of a green construction project.

June 20, 2012, 1 a.m.

EarthFix Conversations: Sharing National Parks With Kids 'Before They're Gone'

Boise outdoor writer and photographer Michael Lanza and his family spent a year with their children through 11 of those parks, where visitors' experiences are being altered by the effects of climate change. The result is a new book titled, Before They’re Gone: A Family’s Year-Long Quest to Explore America’s Most Endangered National Parks.

May 10, 2012, 3:18 p.m.

What Makes Stevens Pass One Of The Greenest Ski Resorts Around?

Washington's Stevens Pass is one of the greenest ski resorts in the land. That's the verdict of the National Ski Areas Association, which gave the resort in Washington's Cascades a 2012 Golden Eagle Award for Environmental Excellence.

May 9, 2012, 11:48 a.m.

Coldwater Ridge Center At Mount St. Helens Reopens With New Mission

Just in time for another anniversary of the catastrophic Mount St. Helens eruption, the U.S. Forest Service is reopening an architecturally-striking visitor center. The Coldwater Ridge facility has been closed for the last four seasons. The center reopens next week with a new mission and purpose.

April 11, 2012, 9:38 a.m.

Ore. Agency Again Blocks Motorboats In Pristine Cascades Lake

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — An Oregon state agency has decided to keep gasoline-powered motorboats off Waldo Lake, one of the state's largest, deepest bodies of water.

Nov. 11, 2011, 6:33 a.m.

Fee-Free Weekend For Recreation On U.S. Forests

Oct. 27, 2011, 8:30 p.m.

Husum Falls Becomes Focal Point After Condit Dam Goes Down

Condit Dam was destroyed on Wednesday. That means salmon should be returning soon to the base of Husum Falls, upstream from where Condit recently blocked the White Salmon River. Yakama tribal fishermen are excited about fishing the falls again. But some recreational river runners are worried the tribe might soon erect fishing platforms and scaffolding across Husum Falls.

Oct. 5, 2011, 6:46 a.m.

Fix Your Coordinates: Spotting Aquatic Mushrooms

Aug. 18, 2011, 11 p.m.

Field Notes: From Mexico to Canada, in Time for 6th Grade

Reporter Amelia Templeton tries to keep up with 11-year-old thru-hiker Reed "Sunshine" Gjonnes on the Pacific Crest Trail.

Aug. 18, 2011, 1 a.m.

What Are Your Elwha Stories?

Aug. 10, 2011, 2 a.m.

Fix Your Coordinates: Rafting Hells Canyon

Hells Canyon isn't the most conveniently located place to run the rapids, but this remote, wild place still draws it's share of whitewater adventurers. Here are some of the takeaways from our EarthFix reporter after his maiden Snake River voyage through the canyon.

Aug. 9, 2011, 10:01 p.m.

What Kind of Rafting Stories Do You Have?

Our reporters [Amelia Templeton]( "Amelia Templeton Bio") and [Aaron Kunz](http://:// "Aaron Kunz Bio" "Aaron Kunz") have reported on their rafting adventure on the Klamath and Snake rivers. Now it's your turn to share your rafting stories and photos.

July 18, 2011, 12:01 a.m.

Klamath's Dam Fine Summer Whitewater Might Go Slack

Whitewater guides and enthusiasts are happy to see dams removed when that means more wild stretches of river to raft. But plans to remove dams on the Upper Klamath River could create problems for local guides by ending reliable, raft-friendly summer flows.

July 17, 2011, 10:01 p.m.

Fix Your Coordinates: Rafting Southern Oregon and Northern California

Quick tips on planning a rafting adventure in Southern Oregon and Northern California.

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