September 27, 2023

9-27-23 Voices for the West: Not Worth a Dam

We’re joined by author Steven Hawley for a conversation about his book Cracked: The Future of Dams in a Hot, Chaotic World and the mess made by America’s dam-building binge of the 20th century. Hawley is writer and co-producer of the award-winning documentary, “Dammed to Extinction,” and the author of Recovering a Lost River. In…

May 31, 2023

5-31-23 Voices for the West — Say It, Don’t Spray It: Bringing APHIS’s Pesticides Program into the Light

The federal Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) program allowing pesticide spraying on millions of acres in 17 western states threatens pollinators and other insects, which contribute services valued at more than $70 billion per year to the U.S. economy, according to a recent study. Greater sage-grouse, monarch butterflies, western bumblebees, and other species…

April 27, 2023

4-26-23 Voices for the West — Wildlife Migration: Paths Worth Protecting

The vital role of migration in ensuring healthy and abundant big-game populations also provides significant cultural, economic, and dietary benefits for humans. We’re joined by Linda Baker, Executive Director of the Upper Green River Alliance, and Sarah Stellberg, Advocates for the West Staff Attorney, to discuss preserving connectivity along the iconic Path of the Pronghorn…

March 31, 2023

3-29-23 Voices for the West: The Anatomy of a Win

Strong court decisions aren’t the only way we win for the West. In this special edition of Voices for the West, we take trip down memory lane to discuss the different ways we have achieved lasting protections for bighorn sheep over our 20-year history — from court decisions, to settlements, to using legal action to…

February 23, 2023

2-22-23 Voices for the West: Enlightened by Dark Sky

The Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve is a treasured resource for local residents and for all Idahoans and visitors from across the world that come to experience the wonder of the starry night sky. We’re joined by Betsy Mizell, Central Idaho Director for the Idaho Conservation League (ICL); Carol Cole, President of the Idaho Dark…

January 26, 2023

1-25-23 Voices for the West: Writing on Threatened Western Landscapes

We’re joined by award-winning author Claire Boyles and Ryan Shannon, Senior Attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity to discuss the current condition of the Gunnison sage-grouse and the bird’s appearance in Claire’s book Site Fidelity, as well as fiction as a means for drawing attention to pressing environmental issues. View the full presentation here.

December 1, 2022

11-30-22 Voices for the West — Winter Travel Planning: Defending Wildlife and Quiet Recreation

We’re joined by Hilary Eisen, Policy Director at Winter Wildlands Alliance, and Marla Fox, Staff Attorney at WildEarth Guardians, along with Advocates for the West Senior Attorney Laurie Rule. We discuss the evolution of winter recreation on our western National Forests, motorized impacts to wildlife and natural resources, and the need to conserve land and…

October 27, 2022

10-26-22 Voices for the West: Public Lands Grazing and Its Climate Implications

We’re joined by Marc Liverman, co-author of the paper “Livestock Use on Public Lands in the Western USA Exacerbates Climate Change: Implications for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation,” along with Advocates for the West Senior Attorney Todd Tucci and Staff Attorney Andrew Missel. The panel examines the nexus between public lands grazing and a changing…

September 30, 2022

9-28-2022 Voices for the West — Crucial Connections: Role of the Greater Hells Canyon Region in a Changing West

We’re joined by David Mildrexler of Eastern Oregon Legacy Lands, Angela Sondenaa of the Nez Perce Tribe, Rob Klavins from Oregon Wild, Jared Kennedy of Greater Hells Canyon Council, and Bryan Hurlbutt from Advocates for the West. The panel discusses how new opportunities to explore this landscape can bring new voices into the effort to protect…

May 26, 2022

5-25-2022 Voices for the West – The Gila and Beyond: Wilderness Designation at 100 Years

We’re joined by Elizabeth Hightower Allen, Editor of the anthology “First & Wildest: The Gila Wilderness at 100,” Madeleine Carey, WildEarth Guardians’ Southwest Conservation Manager, and Advocates for the West Senior Attorney Todd Tucci to discuss America’s first—and the world’s first—designated wilderness, the Greater Gila bioregion, and large landscape protections elsewhere in the West. View the full presentation here.