June 15, 2022

No Surprises in Draft Report on Lower Snake River Dams

By Nicola Myers Washington State Governor Jay Inslee and Senator Patty Murray recently released their draft report on replacing services provided by the Lower Snake River Dams. The public is welcome to provide feedback on the report through July 11, 2022 at 5pm PST. A final report will be published later this summer.  The report…

May 30, 2022

Advocates for the West joins call for large-scale sage-grouse protections

Advocates for the West recently joined birdwatchers and bird conservationists from across the country in advocating for the Bureau of Land Management to adopt large-scale protections for sage-grouse in the agency’s current sage-grouse land use planning process. The May 20 letter to Director Tracy Stone-Manning calls for using Areas of Critical Environmental Concern designations, as…

April 16, 2022

House Dems urge Interior to halt highway through Red Cliffs National Conservation Area

Congress established Utah’s Red Cliffs National Conservation Area in 2009 to protect popular trails, cultural resources, and critical habitat for 20 species of sensitive and threatened wildlife, including Washington County’s iconic and Endangered Species Act-protected Mojave desert tortoise.  But in the waning days of the Trump administration, then-Secretary David Bernhardt approved a plan to punch…

February 4, 2022

Groups urge Biden administration to end undermining of bedrock environmental law

The 20-year Sage Hen Integrated Forest Restoration Project in Idaho is an example of the troubling and illegal trend of “condition-based management” by the U.S. Forest Service. Under this practice, the “where,” “when,” and “how” of logging projects are not evaluated or disclosed until long after the Forest Service has approved them, making it impossible…

May 15, 2019

Salmon, Steelhead and Dams: Letters to the Editor (May 6 – 12, 2019)

Tell the full storyBorg Hendrickson – Moscow, Idaho To confuse you, dam proponents, including some in Congress, tout Columbia Basin’s Snake River per-dam juvenile salmon survival rate as if it applied accumulatively to the entire waterway. The Army Corps of Engineers cites a per-dam survival rate trending toward 95 percent, which may be true. But it is…

March 1, 2019

Point Reyes National Feedlot

Today, of the 71,055 acres of federal public land within PRNS, about 18,000 acres are still fully dedicated to the industrial production of domestic livestock by thirty-five private operations.

September 27, 2018

House Votes to Undermine Environmental Laws at Point Reyes National Seashore to Prioritize Private Cattle Ranching

On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved legislation that would enshrine private cattle ranching on 28,000 acres of public lands without any environmental assessment or regard for public opinion. This bill flouts the National Park Service’s obligation to conserve Point Reyes National Seashore lands and protect habitat for endemic tule elk. H.R.6687, introduced…

September 25, 2018

Victory for public’s right to protest oil and gas lease sales

Advocates for the West Wins Ruling to Block Trump Policy Cutting Public Out of Oil and Gas Leasing Decisions on Public Lands A federal judge on Friday granted Advocates for the West’s request to halt a Trump administration policy that sharply restricts public participation in oil and gas leasing decisions on public lands. The ruling applies to future oil and gas lease sales…

September 5, 2018

Who Will Save our Wild Salmon and Steelhead?

Southern Resident Killer Whales are on the brink of extinction. Idaho’s sockeye salmon are on life support. The Clearwater River’s once famous wild B-run steelhead population is in a state of collapse. These are data-based facts, and anyone who denies them is ill informed, unable to accept reality, or running for re-election to Congress in…

August 28, 2018

Picture painted by Midas Gold at Stibnite not as rosy as it looks

By John Rygh, a retired geologist and longtime resident of McCall, Idaho. Opinion piece originally posted in McCall’s local paper, the Star News. Midas Gold has certainly been rolling out a persistent stream of deceptive fantasies about their proposed Stibnite mining project for the last couple years. Not exactly outright lies, but very carefully worded…