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.
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.
Mt. Ashland ski area won’t be opening for the first time in the ski area's 50-year history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Environmental groups have filed a new lawsuit against plans to expand the ski area at Mount Ashland in Southern Oregon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Reporter Amelia Templeton tries to keep up with 11-year-old thru-hiker Reed "Sunshine" Gjonnes on the Pacific Crest Trail.
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.
Our reporters [Amelia Templeton](http://earthfix.soptv.org/contributor/amelia-templeton/ "Amelia Templeton Bio") and [Aaron Kunz](http://://earthfix.idahoptv.org/contributor/aaron-kunz/ "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.
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.
Quick tips on planning a rafting adventure in Southern Oregon and Northern California.