Recreation http://nwpr.org en Which One Of These State Parks Is Not Like The Other? http://nwpr.org/post/which-one-these-state-parks-not-other <p>There’s no need to roam too far from home to have a great summer vacation. The Northwest has many beautiful state parks for you to visit. The Seattle-Tacoma area alone is <a href="http://www.parks.wa.gov/845/Seattle-Tacoma-Region">home to more 400</a>! Here are just five Northwest state parks you’re going to want to check out.</p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">1. Hells Gate State Park</strong></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:50:32 +0000 Kelsie Smith 48620 at http://nwpr.org Which One Of These State Parks Is Not Like The Other? Timber Giant Begins Selling Seasonal Permits, But Some Push Back http://nwpr.org/post/timber-giant-begins-selling-seasonal-permits-some-push-back <p>Timber giant Weyerhaeuser is joining the pay-to-play and pay-to-hunt trend. This week, the largest private forestland owner in Oregon and Washington will begin selling seasonal access permits to hunters, horse riders, hikers and other recreators. The Washington state-based company is not the first to charge access fees. But the breadth and high prices it will charge are generating more push back than before. Correspondent Tom Banse reports. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:34:00 +0000 Tom Banse 47603 at http://nwpr.org Timber Giant Begins Selling Seasonal Permits, But Some Push Back Do Mountain Bike Trails Belong In The Cascade Mountains? http://nwpr.org/post/do-mountain-bike-trails-belong-cascade-mountains <p>More than a million visitors have ridden the chair lifts at the famous Whistler resort in British Columbia. That figure doesn’t count skiers or snowboarders- it’s just the number of mountain bikers there. The brisk business at Whistler has inspired ski areas from Stevens Pass in Washington to Mount Bachelor in Oregon to build their own summer bike parks. But Amelia Templeton of EarthFix reports, some environmental groups say mountain biking isn’t an appropriate activity in alpine meadows.</p><p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 13:01:58 +0000 Amelia Templeton 30699 at http://nwpr.org Do Mountain Bike Trails Belong In The Cascade Mountains? Trails Of Trouble On Wild Lands http://nwpr.org/post/trails-trouble-wild-lands <p>Some federal budget cuts can be found in places you might not be looking -- deep in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. As EarthFix reporter Aaron Kunz explains, for hikers and horse packers, frustration is mounting over the state of disrepair of recreational trails on public land.</p><p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 13:33:53 +0000 Aaron Kunz 24207 at http://nwpr.org Trails Of Trouble On Wild Lands Ski Industry Veterans Are Trying to Keep People Safe In the Back Country http://nwpr.org/post/ski-industry-veterans-are-trying-keep-people-safe-back-country <p>The holiday season is upon us. And along with that comes ski season. Snow is falling in the Cascades. Wednesday is opening day at Crystal Mountain and Mount Baker. Tuesday Stevens Pass opened.</p><p>But giddy enthusiasm from skiers and snowboarders’ throughout the region is overshadowed by an accident at Stevens Pass last February. It was big.</p><p>News Report: “We’re gonna begin with those deadly avalanches. A deadly avalanche near Stevens Pass /We are gonna begin with the breaking news: that deadly avalanche in Washington state.”</p><p>Three people were killed that day.</p><p>Now, as KUOW’s Sara Lerner reports, ski industry veterans are trying to come up with new ways to keep people safe in the back country. Wed, 21 Nov 2012 14:35:13 +0000 Sara Lerner 18724 at http://nwpr.org Ski Industry Veterans Are Trying to Keep People Safe In the Back Country