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1/22/14 – Idaho’s Elk Plan

Earlier this month, 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 Wednesday’s episode of Elemental Idaho, I talked with Idaho Fish and Game … Continue reading

1/15/14 – The Food Safety Modernization Act and its implications

The Food Safety Modernization Act is the most significant expansion of the FDA safety authorities since the 1939 Food and Drug Cosmetic Act. Recent, high profile outbreaks of contaminations have raised the profile of food safety in the US. While it’s true that the regulatory system was fairly outdated, industry representatives are concerned about the … Continue reading

1/8/14 – The Eastern Snake River Plain Aquifer (rebroadcast)

In his 2014 State of the State Address, Governor Otter proposed $15 million of one time money for the Idaho Water Resource Board to continue its aquifer management efforts toward responsible future growth. This episode of Elemental Idaho, rebroadcast from November, featured a conversation with Brian Patton and Mike McVay of the Idaho Department of Water Resources, … Continue reading

12/30/13 – The BLM Sage Grouse Draft Alternative (rebroadcast)

Once seen in great numbers across the West, Greater Sage-Grouse have declined in number over the past century because of the loss of sagebrush habitats essential for their survival.  The BLM, working jointly with the USFS, is preparing Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) to address the effects of implementing proposed Greater Sage-Grouse conservation measures on the lands they … Continue reading

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