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February 12, 2018

Trump and Zinke are “sowing the seeds for the legal attacks.”

A recent article published by the New York Times by reporter Coral Davenport: Trump’s Environmental Rollbacks Were Fast. It Could Get Messy in Court. As the head of the federal agency controlling billions of acres of public lands and waters, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has spent the past year making bold policy proclamations to advance President Trump’s…

January 17, 2018

Sage-Grouse Will Suffer from Policy Reversals

A blog from Steve Holmer, Vice President of Policy at American Bird Conservancy The administration’s recent decision to backtrack on the landmark 2015 Greater Sage-Grouse conservation plans is a disaster in the making for these fast-disappearing birds – and for the remaining sagebrush habitat on public lands. Under this backward-looking change, which would green-light new development on…

December 5, 2017

Trump Orders Largest National Monument Reduction in U.S. History

Senior Attorney Todd Tucci – Washington, DC Office Yesterday, President Trump made his first visit to Utah to announce he is withdrawing protections for over 1.5 million acres of national monuments – threatening tens of thousands of cultural, historic, paleontological and ecological artifacts and objects. President Trump shrank Bears Ears National Monument by nearly 90%, and…

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…

Sockeye Salmon Migration
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 –…