Outdoors

Washington firefighters battle blazes across states after early start to season

August 28, 2017, 6:04 AM

A wet spring followed by an unusually hot and dry summer brought an early fire season to the Pacific Northwest.

Rustic Lake Merwin retreat offers recreation to thousands

August 27, 2017, 6:05 AM

AMBOY — You wouldn’t expect to find a whole other world nestled in the steep, winding foothills approaching Lake Merwin — that is, unless you’re a devoted camper.

Fishing Report, Aug. 24

August 24, 2017, 11:04 PM

The Buoy 10 salmon season is kicking into high gear at the mouth of the Columbia River.

Collapse at salmon farm renews debate about fish farming

August 24, 2017, 11:41 AM

SEATTLE — A marine net pen holding 305,000 farmed Atlantic salmon collapsed recently, releasing thousands of fish into Puget Sound and renewing concerns that a new proposed salmon farm could harm wild salmon stock and cause other environmental damage.

Groups make last-minute push to save national monument areas

August 23, 2017, 9:34 AM

SALT LAKE CITY — Conservation groups are airing TV ads, planning rallies and creating parody websites in a last-minute blitz to stop Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke from downsizing or eliminating national monument areas that cover large swaths of land and water from Maine to California.

Eclipse’s high tides break net, dump salmon

August 22, 2017, 9:14 AM

BELLINGHAM — The public is being asked to help mop up a salmon spill from an imploded net holding 305,000 fish at a Cooke Aquaculture fish farm near Cypress Island.

Steelhead struggling home in record low numbers

August 18, 2017, 10:35 AM

Salmon and steelhead are in hot water — a problem scientists warn is going to get worse because of climate change.

A walk on the wild west side of Mount St. Helens blast zone

August 16, 2017, 11:30 PM

As we attempted to decipher a foot path out of the spiderweb of elk trails that sprawled across the slope, I reflected on the term “un-maintained."

Fishing report, 8/17

August 16, 2017, 11:29 PM

The salmon season at Buoy 10 continues to hum along with anglers flocking to the mark that separates the Columbia River and Pacific Ocean.

Elk hoof rot focus of public meeting

August 13, 2017, 7:57 PM

LONGVIEW — State wildlife officials will host a public meeting Tuesday in Ridgefield to update the public about efforts to deal with elk hoof rot disease.

Get outdoors in the Gifford Pinchot

August 11, 2017, 6:00 AM

Gifford Pinchot (1865-1946), the first chief of the U.S. Forest Service, was the sort of middle-of-the-road thinker it’s hard to find in government today.

Fishing report 8/10

August 10, 2017, 6:03 AM

Chinook catch at Buoy 10 has slowed after a decent opening; salmon angling elsewhere in lower Columbia is poor until more fish arrive

Retirement means more time to fish

August 9, 2017, 10:05 PM

The Columbian's longtime outdoor writer calls it a career after 43 years at the newspaper

Oregon warns that Willamette Steelhead face extinction

August 8, 2017, 9:37 AM

PORTLAND — State officials warned Monday that if California sea lions continue feeding below Willamette Falls, they could push winter steelhead trout to the brink of extinction.

Fall chinook clinic scheduled Saturday

August 3, 2017, 1:30 PM

Expert will discuss Pro-Trolls, spinners and other topics at Bob's Sporting Goods in Longview