On today’s episode of Elemental Idaho, I chatted with Radio Boise enthusiast Bill Seargent about the relationship between community radio and a robust, local conversation about issues. It’s Radiothon 2014!
Idaho’s public lands are home to over 775 wild horses, descendants of domestic horses that escaped or were turned out on public lands prior to the Horse and Burro Act of 1971. The BLM must study and monitor the horses to determine how many wild horses each management area can support while also providing for … Continue reading
Because of technical issues we experienced March 26, we were unable to bring you our planned episode featuring a conversation with the House Committee of Environment, Energy and Technology Committee Chair, Dell Raybould, and Vice Chair, George Eskridge, where they share highlights of the 2014 Legislative Session from an environmental perspective. We presented that episode on our … Continue reading
In January, Elemental Idaho featured IDFG’s director Virgil Moore discussing the 2013 Idaho Elk Management plan and Governor Otter’s proposed Wolf Depredation Control Board. On this episode of elemental Idaho, former Valley County Commissioner Phil Davis, and current Blaine County Commissioner Larry Schoen were on hand to discuss the pros and cons of the proposal currently … Continue reading
There are more than 1,600 land trusts operating across the United States, joining forces with land owners to conserve open space for more than 50 years. They are not branches of any governmental entity, but work to protect private lands through conservation easements. Twenty land trusts and two local and state government-sponsored programs in Idaho have … Continue reading
On the outskirts of Boise, more than 130 miles of interconnected roads and trails course through the foothills, linking not only neighborhoods with public lands but also connecting people with the natural environment. On our program, Tim Breuer, former director of the program (now at the helm of the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley), … Continue reading
In the spring of 1948, flood waters from the Columbia River Basin destroyed the town of Vanport, Oregon, population 30,000, forming a catalyst for the eventual ratification of the Columbia River Treaty between the US and Canada in the 1960s. This past fall, both countries reviewed the treaty in the context of current societal values, … Continue reading
On this episode of Elemental Idaho, Brian Patton of the Idaho Department of Water Resources talks about the Governor’s $15 million Water Sustainability Initiative proposal. Brian will also have an update for us on the Idaho Water Plan, which went into effect in 2013, with strategies and milestones for executing management policies and evaluating their effectiveness.
In January, the Idaho Fish and Game Commissioners approved a statewide elk management plan that includes killing predators to boost elk populations. The 10-year plan also calls for monitoring elk habitat changes, and the damages caused by elk on crops and fences. On this episode, I rebroadcast a conversation I had with Idaho Fish and … Continue reading
The Paradigm Project is a plan by the Bureau of Land Management to establish fuel breaks for a nearly 300,000 acre area from the historic Bonneville Point to Glenns Ferry, and from the foothills south to the Union Pacific rail line. Within the last 53 years, more than 75% of the area has burned, resulting in native plants being … Continue reading