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August 30, 2017

Tribute to a Great Man

A remembrance from Executive Director Laird Lucas I shed tears on Friday morning when I heard that Governor Cecil Andrus died. He passed the day before – the same day a big summer storm whipped through Boise with rain and winds. It’s like Mother Earth herself was paying tribute to this great man. I was fortunate to get to…

July 14, 2017

Good News for Point Reyes National Seashore!

A Win for the West’s Only National Seashore National Park Service agrees to complete a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement and update its General Management Plan for grazing on Point Reyes National Seashore. Two years ago, Advocates for the West was approached by Huey Johnson of Resource Renewal Institute (RRI), a longtime environmental leader in California,…

November 16, 2016

We’re growing! Meet Kendra Kenyon.

Advocates for the West is excited to introduce Kendra Kenyon, our new Director of Strategic Partnerships! An Idaho native, Kendra has an inborn passion for conservation and the outdoors – especially fishing, trekking around Idaho’s wilderness, and whitewater rafting with her son on the Salmon River where he is a professional guide. Kendra is a former…

July 12, 2016

Big Win for the Boise River!

Federal Court rules, for the second time, that approval of the CuMo Mine Exploration Project violates Federal Law. On Monday, July 11th, Advocates for the West secured a federal court victory for the second time in our ongoing battle to keep Canadian mining company “American CuMo” from developing in the Boise River watershed what it claims…

May 12, 2016

A Win for Wild & Scenic River Values!

On Thursday, May 12th, Advocates for the West won a federal court order blocking the U.S. Forest Service from moving forward with its plan to build roads and clear cut along Idaho’s Selway and Middle Fork Clearwater Wild and Scenic Rivers. The Forest Service’s plan was in response to the 2014 Johnson Bar fire, which burned…

Bighorn Sheep
March 2, 2016

Court upholds critical protections for bighorn sheep in Idaho!

IDAHO––  In an exciting win for bighorn sheep today, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the Payette National Forest’s decision to close 70% of the Forest to domestic sheep grazing in order to protect bighorn sheep from contracting an often-fatal disease from the domestics. Bighorn sheep are gregarious animals and will commune with domestics if they…

February 10, 2016

Letter to Army Corps of Engineers – Protect our Salmon!

Wednesday, February 10th – In a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers, Advocates for the West and a group of allies demand emergency measures to protect migrating salmon in 2016. In 2015, a staggering 96% of the 500,000 returning ESA listed Snake River sockeye died before reaching Lower Granite Dam due to unusually high water…

January 28, 2016

Welcome John Lamson to our Board!

Advocates for the West is pleased to welcome John Lamson, Executive Vice President of the nonprofit PR firm Resource Media, to our Board of Directors! John is a seasoned communications strategist with 23 years of experience in advocacy, elections and higher education. He manages the senior staff that oversee all of Resource Media’s program work, and partners with the…

October 27, 2015

Update: case against DOE still hot

On Friday, October 23rd, the New York Times and Idaho Statesman ran an AP article with some great news for Idaho: the Department of Energy (DOE) decided to cancel its planned shipment of 25 spent nuclear fuel rods to Idaho National Laboratory from the Byron Nuclear Power Station in Illinois. We and our clients, former Idaho Governors Cecil D….

August 27, 2015

Announcing Linwood Laughy as the new Board President of Advocates for the West

Our Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Linwood Laughy is the new Board President of Advocates for the West!  A long-time resident of Idaho’s Clearwater Valley, Lin has guided over 5,000 heritage travelers in north-central Idaho as an outfitter and through such organizations as Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic. Lin cherishes his rural lifestyle beside the Middlefork of the Clearwater River…