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Karen Ramstead, longtime Eagle Cap Extreme veteran of Alberta, Canada, returns with her team of Siberian Huskies for the 11th running of the sled dog race at Ferguson Ridge outside of Joseph.
ENTERPRISE — The 11th running of the Eagle Cap Extreme Sled Dog Race, beginning Thursday, has an all-star lineup and more mushers than ever before.

Archers gear up with last shoot

The Grande Ronde Bowmen Club hosts its final practice shoot of the year.

Eastern Oregon Super Shoot attracts crowd

Event gives archers challenging targets.

Chinook seasons to close Sunday on Imnaha, Wallowa and Snake rivers

ENTERPRISE — Fewer fish available to anglers and warmer water temperatures have prompted Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife biologists to close the spring Chinook fisheries in the Imnaha, Wallowa and Snake rivers beginning Sunday.

Pack of ranchers on lookout for Imnaha wolf

With his dogs in the lead, Kurt McCormack uses a GPS collar to hunt for an Imnaha wolf. (KATY NESBITT/The Observer)

JOSEPH — Kurt McCormack travels up the Wallowa Mountain Loop Road on a hot, July morning in his pickup, with a horse trailer in tow. He’s headed to the hills to look for signs of wolves among cattle grazing summer pasture.

Each morning, McCormack and dozens of ranchers in the Imnaha wolf pack territory receive a text message regarding the whereabouts of the only Imnaha wolf with a working GPS collar. On days when he receives a text, McCormack uses the information to try and narrow down where the collared wolf is. If he’s concerned about wolves near cattle, he calls the ranchers and lets them know. 

New tactic evaluates fish stocking on Wallowa Lake

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is releasing more than 2,000 tagged fish into Wallowa Lake to monitor how well they overwinter and how many are caught and where they are caught on the lake. Fish Biologist Jeff Yanke holds up a future trophy rainbow. (KATY NESBITT/The Observer)

WALLOWA LAKE — On a drizzly early summer morning the fish hatchery stocking truck backs down the boat launch at the south end of Wallowa Lake. A large hose is guided into a boat releasing hundreds of tagged trout into the hull as it takes on water.

Stocking Lakes, rivers helps keep fish biting

After hatchery quotas are met, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will often use surplus steelhead to augment many of our local waters. This is in addition to the thousands of legal-sized (8 inches), trophy (16 inches and over) and fingerling trout that are released to provide recreation for area fishermen. (JIM WARD photo)

Outdoor folks in Northeast Oregon have a good many things to do when summer rolls around. There’s hiking, camping, horseback riding, boating and swimming. Toss in a little watermelon and a good game of horseshoes. Many go fishing. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has done a great job of helping our days on the water become successful.  

East Coast group studies forest visitors

Hells Canyon Overlook is one of the sites where West Virginia natural resource students are surveying Wallowa-Whitman National Forest visitors this summer. (KATY NESBITT/WesCom News Service)

Surveys aimed at improving park experiences

HELLS CANYON OVERLOOK — Outfitted with a safety vest and a clipboard, Alex Wooding approaches an oncoming car leaving the parking lot at the Hells Canyon Overlook. He asks the occupants of the car if they’d like to do a survey. 

Protection a must for native species

WALLOWA — Along a river bank where the Wallowa band of the Nez Perce Tribe once camped and fished for salmon, the Wallowa Land Trust diligently works to protect its habitat.

On a drizzly June morning, volunteers gathered to fence young willows along the shore where the Wallowa and Lostine rivers join. The idea is the young willows have established themselves but need protection from browsing deer to flourish.

Abundance of beauty

Baker City Herald Editor Jayson Jacoby and his son, Max, 3, hike through one of the many meadows along the Crane Creek Trail in the North Fork John Day Wilderness. (LISA BRITTON for The Observer)

Hiking along Umatilla’s Crane Creek gives glimpses of diverse fauna, wildlife

The elk weren’t quite the accommodating photo subjects that zoo animals usually are.

But for wildlife — and wildlife that live in a wilderness area, no less — the elk were pretty patient.

Imnaha River Chinook fishing to open for one weekend

ENTERPRISE — The Imnaha River will open for spring Chinook fishing on Saturday and Sunday under temporary rules announced today by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Bike festival set for Anthony Lakes

With the rise of mountain biking in Eastern Oregon, a local ski area is looking to keep that trend growing.

Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort announced recently that it will hold its first-ever Mountain Bike Festival on the mountain on Aug. 2. 

The time is now to hit area wilderness

A common view in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, which attracts visitors from all corners of the globe each year. (KATY NESBITT/The Observer)

Warmer temperatures showcase beauty in Eagle Cap, Wallowa Mountains

JOSEPH — The dramatic views of the Hells Canyon and the Eagle Cap range of the Wallowa Mountains draw visitors each year from around the county and around the globe.

As the snow recedes and summer seasonal employees join the ranks of Joseph’s U.S. Forest Service staff, campgrounds and visitor sites are prepared for the summer season. 

Pilot spring Chinook fishery opens on lower Grande Ronde River

ENTERPRISE — For the first time in almost 40 years, anglers will have a chance to fish for spring Chinook on the Grande Ronde River this weekend.

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