Friday, November 14, 2014

Weekly Report: Mt. Spokane land hearings, solar growth and invasive cats

Posted By on Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 2:05 PM

click to enlarge Staying energized at Bonnie Lake with solar, which a new report estimates has grown by 139,000 percent. - JACOB JONES
  • Jacob Jones
  • Staying energized at Bonnie Lake with solar, which a new report estimates has grown by 139,000 percent.

OUTLANDER serves as a weekly round up of Inland Northwest outdoor recreation and natural resources news. This feature will highlight a wide variety of issues and events, ranging from camping stories to national environmental disputes. We’ll also try to include some scenic photos. Feel free to pass along suggestions or curiosities. The Inlander looks forward to sharing and celebrating the Great Outdoors.

Washington State Parks commissioners will make a final decision next week on whether to allow a ski area expansion or land designation changes at Mount Spokane. A public hearing to accept comment is set for Wednesday evening, with a commission meeting on Thursday. See details here. (WA State Parks)

Check out some of the coverage of our Snowlander Expo from last weekend with photos and video from the event. (Inlander)

Solar had a good week with a new analysis estimating solar energy has increased 139,000 percent in the past decade. The Netherlands also opened up a solar-panel bike lane. (Grist)

Conservation groups offer $15,000 reward for information on killing of Washington wolf last month. (Conservation Northwest)

A new tourism site highlights the natural and historic highlights of North Idaho. (Visit North Idaho)

As the snow starts to come down, some advice for safe late-autumn hiking trips. (WTA)

Dude catches some waves at Boise River Park after recent snowfall. (Idaho River Sports)

Check out five scenic drives through National Parks in Western Washington State. (Exotic Hikes)

Montana tribes taking action against familiar invasive species — cats. (Missoulian)

Tips for saving money on the ski slopes. (Outside)

Calling all outdoor photogs — deadline is Dec. 1 for National Public Lands Day photo contest. (NPLD)

Some great fly fishing photos in Hatch Magazine's annual contest. (Hatch Magazine)

A skeptical look at new US-China emissions deal. (NPR)

Drones playing a larger role in wildlife protection. (National Geographic)

Researchers also use aerial photography to link fracking to potential medical issues across large geographic areas. (Smithsonian)

Clif Bar stirs up controversy by cutting loose its sponsored athletes involved in risky sports like free soloing and BASE jumping. A letter from Clif Bar. (Rock and Ice)


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