Steve Stuebner

Steve Stuebner

Steve Stuebner is well-known Idaho outdoor and conservation writer. He’s the author of "Paddling the Payette: 24 Whitewater and Flatwater Day Trips on the Payette River." He is also the writer and producer of Life on the Range, a public education project sponsored by the Idaho Rangeland Resources Commission.

Boise resident Anna Gorin and some friends summited Alpine Peak,

Boise hiker has climbed over 160 mountain peaks in Idaho so far — with more to come!

By: - October 19, 2023

Anna Gorin has Idaho Mountain Fever.   A Boise photographer in her young 30s, she pursues big hikes in the Idaho mountains, bagging peaks at a blistering pace. She might climb three mountain peaks in a week, or even a day. She’s scaled 53 mountain peaks so far in 2023, and in 2020, she notched more […]

A male sage grouse in flight

Greater sage grouse 101: What do we know about this mysterious native Idaho bird?

By: - October 10, 2023

Greater sage grouse are a popular topic in Idaho and the West these days. Idaho is one of 11 Western states where sage grouse reside. Three types of sage grouse live in the West: Greater Sage Grouse, the kind that live in Idaho and the Great Basin Bi-State Sage Grouse, a subgroup of Greater Sage […]

elk herd

Idaho elk hunting is on the rebound, and tags are selling out quickly for 2023 season

By: - September 16, 2023

If you’re a procrastinator and a hunter, and you’re planning on buying an elk or deer tag on the opening day of big game season, you might think twice about waiting that long to buy a tag. Sales of big game hunting tags, especially elk tags in “capped” elk zones, where the Idaho Department of […]

Henry Etcheverry, a French-Basque sheep rancher from Rupert, Idaho

Idaho sheep operations in danger of extinction from low prices, foreign imports and monopolies

By: - August 24, 2023

Imagine going to see the Trailing of the Sheep Festival in main street Ketchum, and there’s no sheep. It’s frequently been voted as one of the Top 10 fall festivals in the United States with about 25,000 attendees.  Sheep ranchers John and Diane Peavey started the festival from scratch in the mid-1990s so new residents […]

Pack string by high mountain lake Mystic Saddle Ranch

Drop-camp trips with Idaho horseback outfitters gain popularity with baby boomers

By: - August 14, 2023

In the 1970s, backpacking was all the rage in the West. As a student at the University of Montana in Missoula, I was among thousands of Americans who absolutely loved the freedom of exploring our national forests and parks to see new country, visit a high mountain lake, go fishing for trout, maybe climb a […]

Robin Brown at Broken Circle Ranch

Chasing dreams: Idaho rancher loves her life as a professional stock dog trainer

By: - August 10, 2023

Robin and Rocky Brown live in their own slice of paradise in Indian Valley, Idaho, where they raise and train border collies for ranchers across the nation. The Broken Circle Ranch is surrounded by majestic mountains. The Little Weiser River flows by their home pasture in a sinewy grove of cottonwood trees. With over 35 […]

Jennifer Green at the Maker Shop

Treasure Valley Urban Wood Network encourages recycling of unwanted trees for Idaho artisans

By: - July 3, 2023

On a ThinkWood! walking tour with members of the Society of Environmental Journalists in downtown Boise recently, our group stopped at the Warehouse Food Hall and Mother Earth Brewing to learn about the benefits of using local Idaho wood for building products at a large and small scale.  At The Warehouse Food Hall, tour members […]

June 2022 algae bloom on Lake Cascade

Valley District works to improve water quality in North Fork Payette watershed, Lake Cascade

By: - April 15, 2023

The Valley Soil and Water Conservation District has a big job, working to improve water quality in the North Fork Payette River watershed and in Lake Cascade. It’s the state’s fourth largest lake or reservoir, which covers 47 square miles between Cascade and Donnelly.  Two massive algae blooms in 2022, one in June and another […]

Wendy and Mark Pratt from Blackfoot, Idaho

Carbon sequestration in Idaho’s rangelands: An introduction to good stewardship of our landscape

By: - February 8, 2023

BLACKFOOT — Blackfoot rancher Mark Pratt digs a hole in a mountain meadow to check on the soil and look at the roots of plants. It’s been a wet spring, so the meadow is quite green and brimming with life. Pratt and his wife Wendy have been testing the soil in regular intervals to check […]

Stan Kolby & Jo Cassin on Park Center Pond

Idaho River Sports – center of the universe for river boaters – celebrates end of an era

By: - December 13, 2022

Timing can be everything in business.  Start a new business at the beginning of a new market trend, and you could be riding a wave of success. Wait too long, and you’ve missed the show.  In a lot of ways, Jo Cassin and Stan Kolby had great timing when they launched a new outdoor store […]

Idaho Rangeland Fire Protection Associations map

Idaho’s rancher-led Rangeland Fire Protection Associations work to stop wildfires early

By: - November 29, 2022

When black storm clouds gather on a hot summer night, Mountain Home rancher Charlie Lyons drives up to a high-point where he can watch for lightning strikes in the desert. “When there’s lightning, we’re all out, and I go right up there to the towers is one of my spots, to sit and watch,” Lyons […]

Photo of a Utility Terrain Vehicle, or UTV

Plan your outdoor trip in advance to avoid conflicts on Idaho’s public lands

By: - October 13, 2021

This column was first published at By all accounts, the number of people playing outdoors in Idaho has been growing rapidly in recent years as record numbers of people move here or vacation here. Visits to Idaho’s public lands are increasing, and that’s led to an increase in litter, trigger trash, trespassing, resource damage […]