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Beth Markley

Beth Markley has written 184 posts for el.e.men'tal Idaho

6/17/15 – The Draft Boise River Enhancement Plan

The Boise River Enhancement Network (BREN) has released a draft plan that recommends cooperative ecological enhancement of the Lower Boise River. On this episode of Elemental Idaho, Derek Risso of Ecosystem Sciences, and member of the team that helped develop the plan, outlined its details and why it was developed.

6/10/15 – Managing Environmentally Sensitive Horse Properties (rebroadcast)

On this episode of Elemental Idaho, rebroadcast from earlier this spring, 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. You can listen to the original program … Continue reading

6/3/15 – The Lake Lowell Management Plan

In April, a management plan became official for the Lake Lowell, marking the end of an eight year process. Some say earlier versions of the plan overly restricted boat traffic. Hear about the concessions made and the resulting changes to how this local treasure will be managed in the future.

5/27/15 – Protecting Idaho’s Sage Grouse and Other Species

Will Whelan of the Nature Conservancy talked about collaborative work being done to conserve habitat and preclude an ESA listing of the Sage Grouse.  

5/20/15 – The State of Species Conservation in Idaho

On this episode of Elemental Idaho, rebroadcast from earlier this year, Idaho’s Office of Species Conservation director Dustin Miller and I talk 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 is on hand to talk about the OSC’s fisheries projects.

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

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