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October 11, 2017

The Columbia River Gorge is Dead;

Long Live the Columbia River Gorge – Unless Greg Walden Has His Way By Andy Kerr – Originally published on his Public Lands Blog Part 1: It’s a Beautiful, Natural, and Necessary Thing That Nature Changes September 29, 2017 Everyone—including many a card-carrying conservationist—just needs to take a deep breath. Yes, there was a relatively large…

October 6, 2017

Twenty-Five Horses

By Board President Linwood Laughy In 1966 I lived with my parents beside the Middlefork of the Clearwater River in north central Idaho. Our home stood across the river from Highway 12, with principal access by rowboat and canoe. One day a neighbor invited my father to come meet two friends, an elderly Nez Perce…

September 1, 2017

No, They Don’t, Mr. Pruitt

By Robert Glicksman In his first speech upon assuming his duties as EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt informed the agency’s employees that “regulators exist to give certainty to those that they regulate.” No, Mr. Pruitt, they do not. Regulators and the regulations they are responsible for adopting and enforcing exist to protect the public interest. In…

August 24, 2017

What Are “America’s Public Lands”?

By David James Duncan “The basic mood of the future,” wrote Thomas Moore, “might well be one of confidence in the continuing revelation that takes place in and through the Earth. If the dynamics of the Universe from the beginning shaped the course of the heavens, lighted the sun, and formed the Earth, if this same…

August 16, 2017

Work That Inspires

By Tom Flynn Tom recently completed a summer law clerkship at Advocates for the West’s Boise office. He is a third-year student at Vermont Law School, where he is pursuing a J.D. and a Masters degree. He particularly enjoys studying water law and natural resources law.    Advocates for the West inspired me to go…

August 8, 2017

Idaho Salmon Are Coming Home

This week’s blog is a repost of a wonderful piece written by Rick Johnson – Executive Director of our longtime partner, Idaho Conservation League. Accompanying his blog is a stunning video by award-winning photographer and filmmaker Glenn Oakley. We are fortunate to have two such strong environmental advocates working to protect and honor Idaho’s abundant natural…

August 2, 2017

“Grimm” Prospects for Idaho’s Predators

Wildlife Services recently held a series of meetings in Idaho to “educate” the public on its use of cyanide bombs to kill coyotes at the behest of ranchers. Here is our take on the Boise meeting: If Idaho Wildlife Services’ goal with its recent series of meetings – held in Lewiston, Boise and Pocatello –…

July 25, 2017

Tell Wildlife Services – NO cyanide bombs on our public lands.

Wildlife lovers and public lands users everywhere should be outraged by the actions of Wildlife Services. This secretive federal agency uses deadly poisons, neck snares, aerial gunning and other inhumane methods to indiscriminately kill all manner of wildlife species if the animal is reported to interfere with human activities – most often, livestock grazing on our…

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July 12, 2017

ACTION ALERT — IDAHO WOLVES UNDER ATTACK AGAIN

By Associate Attorney Talasi B. Brooks On July 5, the Idaho Fish & Game Commission opened a comment period on a proposal to change the rules governing bear baiting to now also allow for wolf baiting. Baiting is luring in a predator with smelly attractants, allowing it to feed until it becomes habituated or reaches…

June 29, 2017

A Coalescing on the Henry’s Fork

By Kendra Kenyon, Director of Strategic Partnerships June 29, 2017 I’ll let you in on a little secret – Idaho’s legendary Henry’s Fork is magical in June. Driving up from Boise last week to this tributary of the Snake River, where our Board Member Jim Sturdevant was hosting a gathering at his cabin, I was struck…