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Beth Markley

Beth Markley has written 179 posts for el.e.men'tal Idaho

5/13/15 – Maximizing Soil Health

Soil Health is soil managed to its maximum potential through a system of conservation practices, including no-till, cover crops, advanced nutrient and pest management, and buffers and drainage systems where appropriate. Managing for soil health is one of the easiest and most effective ways for farmers to increase crop productivity and profitability while improving the … Continue reading

5/6/15 – Managing Idaho’s Newest Wilderness

Federal authorities have made public the final management plan for six wilderness areas and 16 wild and scenic river segments in southwestern Idaho, starting a 30-day appeals process. On this episode of Elemental Idaho, we’ll talk with representatives of the BLM, land users and conservation groups about the Owyhee Canyonlands Wilderness and Wild & Scenic Rivers … Continue reading

4/29/15 – Spring Radiothon Continues, and The International Year of Pulses

The UN has designated 2016 as the International Year of Pulses, which includes dry peas, lentils and chickpeas, about a third of the USA production of which happens in Idaho. On this episode of Elemental Idaho, we’ll have a couple of folks join us to talk about this crop and why we have an international year to … Continue reading

April 22 – Spring Radiothon and Arbor Day

On this episode, Betty Munis from the Idaho Forest Products Commission joined me to talk about Arbor Day Celebrations, while we also talked about importance of supporting Radio Boise.

4/22/15 – Lessons Learned from the Silver Creek Watershed (rebroadcast)

Renown for its clean, cold water and abundant trout population, Silver Creek and its tributaries are a destination for anglers from all over the world. In recent years, anglers, recreationists and landowners have noticed trends within the watershed that threaten Silver Creek’s ecological integrity. In 2010, Ecosystem Sciences Foundation and others initiated a watershed-wide monitoring … Continue reading

4/8/15 – DOE and INL respond

On this episode of Elemental Idaho, INL Director Admiral John Grossenbacher and Department of Energy representative John Kotek responded to former Idaho governors Cecil Andrus and Phil Batt’s concerns about and possible lawsuit over the DOE’s proposal to allow a shipment of spent nuclear fuel to Idaho. Does this move violate public notice of the requirements … Continue reading

4/1/15 – Thin the Threat (rebroadcast)

On this episode of Elemental Idaho, I was joined by guests Betty Munis of the Idaho Forest Products Commission and Andy Brunelle of the US Forest Service to talk about Thin the Threat, a program aimed at increasing public understanding of the impact of wildfire and awareness of the benefits of reducing fuel in our national … Continue reading

3/25/15 – Idaho Governors Face off over DOE proposal

Former Idaho Govs. Cecil Andrus and Phil Batt have threatened the US Department of Energy this month with a federal lawsuit over a deal between the current governor and the Department of Energy to allow a shipment of spent nuclear fuel into Idaho. Gov. Butch Otter says the amount of fuel in question is a small … Continue reading

3/18/15 – Managing Environmentally Sensitive Horse Properties

On this episode of Elemental Idaho, our guest was Alayne Blickle, creator and director of the award-winning Horses for Clean Water program. Since 1997, Horses for Clean Water has taught environmentally sensitive horsekeeping practices through classes, workshops, demonstration farms, farm tours, and individual consultations.

3/11/15 – Managing Invasive Plants (rebroadcast)

Every year in Idaho, noxious weeds cause agricultural losses, diminish critical habitat, increase wildfire events, reduce water and air quality, threaten public health due to pest control issues, and limit recreational opportunities. There are roughly about 300 undesirable plants in all states, with about 64 of those in Idaho, and they posses an alarming ability to … Continue reading

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