Environment

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Mule deer in sagebrush

North American Grasslands Conservation Act would fund restoration, conservation of Idaho’s habitats

BY: - October 5, 2021

The “sagebrush sea” is synonymous with the iconic wide-open landscapes of the American West. This drab, gray-green member of the sunflower family was once ubiquitous across much of Idaho. What may look like a lifeless desert actually supports over 350 plant and animal species. A common phrase often uttered by developers, farmers, hunters and even […]

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Boundary wildfire burns near Stanley

Wildfire smoke is here to stay. Here’s how to clean the air inside your home.

BY: - October 1, 2021

The fierce wildfires that broke out across much of the western United States this summer, spreading smoke across hundreds of miles, continue to pose a serious health hazard to millions. More are expected this fall. That’s a major health concern because microscopic particles in wildfire smoke, carried by the wind, can penetrate deep into your […]

Tracy Stone-Manning

U.S. Senate confirms Stone-Manning as public lands chief without GOP support

BY: - September 30, 2021

The U.S. Senate voted along party lines Thursday night to make Tracy Stone-Manning the first confirmed director of the Bureau of Land Management since the Obama administration. The vote, 50-45, ended a contentious confirmation process for Stone-Manning, a senior adviser for conservation policy at the National Wildlife Federation who served as chief of staff to […]

Plane drops water on wildfire

‘Wildfire year’ meant record days at the highest preparedness level, Forest Service chief says

BY: - September 29, 2021

The U.S. Forest Service spent more consecutive days this summer at the agency’s highest level of preparedness for wildfires than in any previous year, Forest Service Chief Randy Moore told a U.S. House subcommittee Wednesday. Moore’s comments reflected the growing danger from more intense and harder-to -control fires that have swept Western and Midwestern states […]

Tracy Stone-Manning

U.S. Senate to vote on Montana’s Tracy Stone-Manning as public lands chief

BY: - September 29, 2021

The U.S. Senate is set to vote as soon as Thursday on the nomination of Tracy Stone-Manning, a conservation advocate and former top aide to Montana Democrats, to lead the Bureau of Land Management, putting the end to her contentious confirmation process in sight. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer filed cloture on Stone-Manning’s nomination, setting […]

Legislative interim committee meets at the Idaho Capitol

Idaho Legislature’s interim committee begins process of appraising federal lands

BY: - September 28, 2021

The Idaho Legislature’s Committee on Federalism shifted gears Tuesday and hardly mentioned President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine and testing rules for employers. Instead, the committee talked about federal lands, Biden’s America the Beautiful conservation plan, unemployment benefits and refugee settlement in Idaho.  The 10-member committee, which includes eight Republicans and two Democrats, convened Sept. 22 […]

wildfire near Lake Lowell

U.S. House Dems pass $28.6B in disaster aid for recovery from hurricanes, wildfires, floods

BY: - September 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats unveiled a short-term spending measure on Tuesday that would keep the federal government operating through Dec. 3 and provide $28.6 billion for costs related to recent natural disasters. The bill was passed by the House on a party-line vote Tuesday night, 220-211. But it faces a battle in the evenly divided Senate, […]

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland

Biden administration to move BLM headquarters back to D.C. from Grand Junction

BY: - September 17, 2021

President Joe Biden’s administration announced on Friday that it would return the headquarters of the Bureau of Land Management to Washington, D.C., reversing a controversial decision by the Trump administration — with the support of a bipartisan array of Colorado political leaders — to relocate the office to Grand Junction. The BLM’s Grand Junction office […]

oil and gas leasing

How the House reconciliation bill targets 4 local plans for oil and gas leasing, mining

BY: - September 14, 2021

Proposals targeting specific areas for conservation in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and federal waters off Louisiana’s coast made their way into the gigantic budget reconciliation bill that Democrats are moving through Congress. The portion of the $3.5 trillion package approved on a party-line vote by the House Natural Resources Committee last week includes nationwide measures […]

President Joe Biden lands at Boise Airport

President Biden in Boise: U.S. can’t ignore drastic consequences of climate change

BY: - September 13, 2021

During his first presidential visit to Idaho, President Joe Biden on Monday said the drastic consequences of climate change have created a need for additional investments in disaster relief and support for wildland firefighters and programs.  “We can’t continue to try to ignore reality,” Biden said during a meeting at the National Interagency Fire Center […]

U.S. Capitol Building

Here are the four big climate items in the reconciliation bill in Congress

BY: - September 13, 2021

The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee late Thursday approved its first piece of Democrats’ sweeping $3.5 trillion spending blueprint on a party-line 24-13 vote. Among the highest priorities for President Joe Biden in the plan was addressing climate change, and the panel included initiatives ranging from oil and gas reform to offshore wind ventures.  The […]

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An angler launches a drift boat

Recreation tips: How to keep our popular South Fork Boise River corridor clean and beautiful

BY: - September 8, 2021

The South Fork of the Boise River is a scenic and popular place to go fishing, camping and whitewater rafting. It’s got a blue-ribbon rainbow trout fishery, lots of camp sites, and a challenging whitewater canyon. With a steady stream of new people moving into the greater Boise area, public use is increasing in the […]