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
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.
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
Idaho Technology Council’s Energy Connected Conference brought together top researchers and thought leaders in our state’s energy sector March 3rd and 4th. If you listen to this program regularly, you hear about the confluence about environmental and natural resource issues, energy and technology. Those attending this conference learned about research that will change Idaho’s energy future, national … Continue reading
In late January, US Representative Mike Simpson unveiled a revised version of the Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Act on the heels of President Obama’s visit to Boise – an event some in the conservation community hoped would signal a move toward designating the Boulder White-Clouds as a National Monument. On this episode of Elemental … Continue reading
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
The 2001 Roadless Rule issued by the Clinton administration in the last days of his administration prohibits road construction on more than 58 million acres of national Forest System lands. Of all the 39 states this affects, non other in the lower 48 has more roadless space than Idaho. In October, 2008, Idaho adopted its … Continue reading
Two weeks ago, President Barack Obama speaks at the Caven-Williams Sports complex at Boise State University. Area conservation groups hoped to use the occassion to show support of the designation of a Boulder-White Clouds National Monument, something they say the administration has made clear would only be possible if local forces showed a huge degree … Continue reading
On this episode of Elemental Idaho, Idaho’s Office of Species Conservation director Dustin Miller talked about OSC projects, including plans for Idaho’s Sage Grouse task force and the Governor’s proposed 2015 sage grouse funding. OSC’s Michael Edmondson was on hand to talk about the OSC’s fisheries projects.
On this episode of Elemental Idaho, rebroadcast from October, I talk with Randy Stapilus, editor of Through the Waters, An Oral History of the Snake River Adjudication, a compilation of the personal perspectives of those most centrally involved with one of the largest legal cases in American history. The SRBA was a 27 year-review of more … Continue reading