Environment

COMMENTARY
Yellowstone National Park lava flows

Short drive between Yellowstone’s Tower, Canyon junctions showcases millions of years of history

BY: - May 10, 2022

The road over Dunraven Pass between Tower and Canyon junctions in the northeast part of Yellowstone National Park exposes an outstanding sequence of geological history, much of which significantly predates recent Yellowstone volcanism. Construction work closed the road during the summers of 2020 and 2021, but the route is scheduled to open to park visitors […]

Glacier National Park

As more Americans get to know the great outdoors, poop on public lands is becoming a problem

BY: - May 4, 2022

“Go before you go.” That’s the advice Glacier National Park’s Bradley Blickhan has for hikers heading up a trail. Translation? Go to the bathroom before you go on your adventure. “We have a staff of wilderness rangers, and part of their job is to take care of these structures,” Blickhan said. “But we’re finding it […]

COMMENTARY
birds gather on Yellowstone Lake

2,773 earthquakes were recorded in the Yellowstone National Park area in 2021, annual report says

BY: - May 3, 2022

How many earthquakes occurred in the Yellowstone region in 2021? How many times did Steamboat Geyser erupt? What geological mapping was completed during the year? Good questions. And now, the answers to these questions, and more, are all compiled in one easy-to-navigate source — the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory 2021 Annual Report, which can be accessed […]

French Fire In California

Poor pay and benefits deplete U.S. firefighting workforce

BY: - April 28, 2022

When wildfire season roared into New Mexico in mid-April — even earlier than usual in our warming world — firefighters answered the calls for help. They showed up across the state to race the dry winds driving flames into the mountains, along the Rio Grande, and into neighborhoods and across ranches.  Some of the men […]

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland

U.S. Interior secretary to promote big spending jump for tribal, climate programs

BY: - April 27, 2022

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland will ask a U.S. House spending panel to increase funding for the department’s tribal programs and climate resilience efforts, according to written testimony released ahead of a hearing scheduled for Thursday. The administration’s budget request for fiscal 2023 would significantly increase spending for the Interior Department. Its agencies oversee onshore oil […]

President Joe Biden

3 big reasons why the Biden climate agenda is floundering

BY: - April 25, 2022

President Joe Biden’s climate agenda took a hit this month when the Interior Department said it would open 144,000 acres of federal land up for oil and gas development to comply with a court order to restart fossil fuel development. The announcement marked yet another setback for a presidential climate plan that was once seen […]

old growth forest on Mount Rainer

On Earth Day, Biden signs order to catalog and conserve old-growth forests

BY: - April 22, 2022

President Joe Biden signed an executive order Friday to establish a federal strategy to protect old-growth forests, a move the administration says will help curb destructive wildfires and fight climate change. The Earth Day order tasks the Interior and Agriculture departments with creating a federal definition of old-growth and mature forests. Such forests are generally […]

Caldwell Park in Pocatello

2022 Portneuf Valley Environmental Fair coming to Pocatello on Saturday

BY: - April 14, 2022

Editor’s note: This brief was updated to reflect the event will now take place indoors due to expected inclement weather. Nearly 100 businesses and organizations will gather this weekend at the 2022 Portneuf Valley Environmental Fair to help Idahoans understand small steps to take at home, work, school, or with transportation options to improve the […]

Bison in Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park opens some roads April 15

BY: - April 12, 2022

Beginning April 15, 2022, select roads in Yellowstone National Park will open to the public for the season, weather permitting. On Saturday, April 16, entrance fees will be waived in celebration of National Park Week. West Entrance to Old Faithful Mammoth Hot Springs to Old Faithful (via Norris) Norris to Canyon Village North Entrance to Mammoth Hot Springs to […]

Death cap mushroom

Poisonous death cap mushrooms found in Boise neighborhood, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare warns

BY: - April 11, 2022

The Idaho Division of Public Health has confirmed the discovery of death cap mushrooms, which can be harmful to people and pets, in Idaho, according to a press release from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. An amateur mycologist spotted the mushroom under an oak tree in a Boise neighborhood, and DNA testing by […]

COMMENTARY
polluted water in a creek

We’re getting worse — not better — when it comes to protecting the environment

BY: - April 11, 2022

What will future generations and historians deduce when they look back at this turbulent period in world history and what the “leading nations” did or did not do to address the problems that are so serious they actually threaten the future of life as we know it on the planet? Given the increasingly complex and […]

electric vehicle parking and charging station

Biden goal for U.S. transition to electric vehicles cast into doubt at U.S. Senate hearing

BY: - April 7, 2022

A White House climate goal to transition the United States to electric vehicles is in trouble if the nation cannot produce more minerals that go into those vehicles’ batteries, U.S. senators of both parties said Thursday. Members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee agreed during a hearing that more domestic production of lithium, […]