Peter Johnson had something of an epiphany about hiking trails when the trail his boots had recently been treading on seemed to up and disappear.
When I pick up a map my eyes gravitate to the blank spots.
The split-rail fence near Eilertson Meadow is my favorite enclosure.
Oregon’s wolf population grew by almost 10% during 2020, and 20 of the state’s 22 wolf packs live in the northeast corner of the state.
The view was quintessential wilderness except for the 18-wheelers rolling by on the freeway, almost near enough to discern the name of the trucking company on the trailer.
SALEM — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is looking for volunteers to serve on the Access & Habitat Northeast Regional Council, according to a press release.
With skiers and snowboarders carving turns in fresh powder, feathery white clouds glittering in their wake, it was almost possible to forget there’s a pandemic going on.
PENDLETON — The Umatilla National Forest is implementing two projects this year thanks to funding from the Great American Outdoors Act.
David Spaugh and his daughter, Katie, might some day return to the alpine saddle high in the Elkhorn Mountains.
A major change to archery elk hunting seasons in most of Northeast Oregon could start in 2022.
This winter, local authorities have assisted with multiple search and rescue efforts along the Wallowa Mountain Loop Road in Baker and Wallowa counties after cars and trucks became stuck in th…
Snowshoes can’t defy gravity, but they do tinker with topography.
I like to read about geology, but the story of the ground beneath our feet is much more visceral when it’s smeared all over your clothes.
I attended a ranger program recently dealing with Leave No Trace. The ranger showed a picture of rock art, or "ancestral inscriptions" as archaeologists often refer to the practice.
LA GRANDE — Snow is proving to be a friend and foe this winter for Jesse Reed of Union as he helps reduce the odds of a catastrophic wildfire someday striking the Grande Ronde Valley.
A herd of Rocky Mountain Elk relax on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, just south of Imbler near Woodell Lane.
Wallowa Lake is difficult to take for granted.
LA GRANDE — A section of trail in the Mount Emily Recreation Area got a facelift last week thanks to the generosity of some local outdoor enthusiasts.
Renee Patrick started her epic walk through the Blue Mountains in the sweaty heat of July, and she finished it amid the nostril-freezing chill of an alpine autumn.
The malady afflicts me every January, as certain as the handful of fir needles the vacuum cleaner fails to inhale after the Christmas tree has been dragged to its ignominious end.
SALEM — An error in the Oregon state parks reservations system has left many unhappy campers across the state.
ANTHONY LAKE — The COVID-19 pandemic has made it possible for some people to spend a couple of nights this winter in a snowbound log cabin high in the Elkhorn Mountains.
NORTH POWDER — Learn to ski or snowboard for free. This opportunity for fifth and sixth graders will be available at Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort starting Sunday, Jan. 10.
BOISE, Idaho — A group brought together by Idaho Gov. Brad Little to find ways to bolster faltering salmon and steelhead populations has agreed to encourage habitat restoration but avoided mak…
SALEM — Gray wolves no longer receive protection under the federal Endangered Species Act, but they do from the state of Oregon.
Hells Canyon is an attention hog.
LA GRANDE — A talented archer with deep La Grande roots, who used a technique many people in this region tried to emulate decades ago, recently died.
BAKER CITY — Dan Marvin chuckles as he lampoons the way Rocky Mountain elk sometimes act.
Beavers are reclusive and elusive, but they can’t do much about that telltale tail.
Jerry Yencopal’s once-in-a-lifetime bighorn sheep hunt was very nearly stopped by a black widow spider.
SALEM — The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is seeking the public’s input on proposals to change reservations for state parks.
This year, I thought smugly, I had the Christmas tree problem solved before Halloween.
LA GRANDE — Union County will soon be much less vulnerable to a devastating wildfire thanks to almost $200,000 in grants from the Oregon Department of Forestry and the Natural Resources Conser…
BOISE, Idaho — U.S. officials on Friday, Nov. 27, released an overarching plan for removing or changing vegetation over a huge swath of the U.S. West to stop devastating wildfires on land used…
JOSEPH — The Josephy Center for Arts and Culture in a press release announced the launch of a buck tag raffle to raise funds in support of a campaign to make the center a permanent and sustain…
I like to walk where, on a majority of days in any given year, I would splash.
LA GRANDE — Nicolina Anderson of La Grande recently enjoyed one of the most exciting hunting experiences of her life — downing a branch antlered bull elk from about 450 yards in southeast Wyom…
BAKER CITY — Skiers and snowboarders rejoice: Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort opened to season passholders for the first turns of the season on Saturday, Nov. 28.
ENTERPRISE — Following a trend set in recent years, anglers fishing the Grande Ronde and its tributaries for steelhead can expect sparse returns and a disproportionate number of uncut fins thi…
LA GRANDE — Fire season 2020 was one for the record books, as have been many such seasons in the past decade. Fresh are many Oregonians’ memories of dangerously poor air quality, blood-red ski…
A little more than a week ago, pedaling a mountain bike probably was the fastest way to descend the slopes at Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort.
LA GRANDE — There are hundreds of hiking, fishing and hunting spots in Oregon. But only a portion of them are accessible to people with disabilities. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife…
We went searching for the Singing Rock on the sort of October day when both the cloying heat of summer and the nostril-clenching chill of winter seem more fantasy than recent or looming reality.
MEDICAL SPRINGS — A drive down a familiar road these days can feel less like a trip through friendly territory and more like doomscrolling. The red and blue propped up in every other yard, on …
Certain three-word terms can cause goosebumps to erupt on my forearms and my mouth to go dry.
Ken Emerson’s family might have been the last people to spend the night in the Porcupine Guard Station, and it all happened because he was a bit too confident in his Ford Bronco’s off-road prowess.
ENTERPRISE — The Wallowa Whitman and Umatilla national forests will receive $2.7 million to improve forest resiliency, reduce long-term costs of fire management and improve watershed condition…
The first step onto a trail has a bit of magic in it, no matter how modest the measurement of a single stride.
The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest is proposing to increase fees at 28 campgrounds and to charge fees at 24 other recreation sites, most of them also campgrounds, that are free now. The chang…
Pandemic or no, it still comes down to powder.
LA GRANDE — The U.S. Forest Service has closed Bird Track Springs Campground off of Highway 244 for a restoration/timber project.
If the Woodley Rocks were in a national park, a paved trail would wind among the peculiar pinnacles and you’d hardly be able to get a photograph that didn’t include a couple of giggling kids w…
Jeff Yanke was optimistic about this year’s run of Lostine River coho salmon, but he was still surprised by how many fish began battling their way up the Columbia River earlier in 2020.
We rounded the corner and suddenly the great peak, until that moment hidden by the rumpled topography, was straight ahead.
At Bates State Park they don’t roll out the red carpet for you, but they do roll it up.
When I see the moon full after the middle of August, it takes me back.