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Beth Markley

Beth Markley has written 244 posts for el.e.men'tal Idaho

8/17/16 – Coping with Wildfire Season (encore episode)

Last spring, Idaho fire experts and others gathered for the 4th Annual Southwest Idaho Wildfire Mitigation Forum in Boise. The forum provides an opportunity for regional stakeholders in wildfire mitigation to meet, network and to share their latest efforts in wildfire mitigation. In this rebroadcast from May, Ivy Dickinson from Idaho Firewise and BLM’s Jennifer … Continue reading

8/10/16 – The Threat of the Japanese Beetle (encore episode)

On this episode of Elemental Idaho, we discussed one of the top insect threats to Idaho, the Japanese beetle, which has already infested most of the eastern quarter of the US, and has now making a stand in our own state. Entomologist Dr. Paul Castrovillo was our guest on this program, an encore episode from last summer … Continue reading

8/3/16 – Idaho’s Water Resources (encore episode)

Last week there was an AP story about State officials proposing an East Snake River Plain Aquifer Groundwater Management Area, the function of which would be to formulate a plan where farmers and other groundwater users would be subject to limitations on how much they consume. Officials say that recent water calls have led to crisis … Continue reading

7/27/16 – Summer is the time for invasives (encore episode)

Summer is when we travel, hike, boat, explore. It’s also when invasive plant and animal species spread.  What can people do as they’re taking advantage of some of the great summer recreational opportunities Idaho has to offer?  Lloyd B. Knight, Administrator of the Division of Plant Industries of the Idaho Department of Agriculture, Roger Batt, Statewide … Continue reading

07/20/16 – Seeds and Seed Saving

On this episode of Elemental Idaho, I visited with Casey O’Leary of Earthly Delights farm, as we explored the role of seeds in human history as well as the state of seeds in the US and beyond. We talked about the amazing abilities of seeds and the various strategies humans are employing to protect them against … Continue reading

7/13/16 – All About Bees

Today on our program, we’ll learn all about honeybees in this encore airing of our interview with local beekeeper and expert, Steve Sweet who spills his guts about beekeeping, threats and challenges, bee behavior, and trends in honeybee populations. This program originally aired last year. You can listen to that broadcast here.

7/6/16 – Boise River Songbirds

This month, staff and volunteers with the Intermountain Bird Observatory at BSU are conducting Boise River Songbird Banding. This is the second year of research at the IBO Boise River station, an “outdoor laboratory” where students conduct investigations of habitat and vegetation, water quality, insects, or bird life. Heidi Ware, Education and Outreach Director of the observatory, joins us to … Continue reading

6/29/16 – Mercury in the Hells Canyon Complex

The US Geological Survey (USGS) and Idaho Power are conducting a five year study on mercury concentrations in fish in the Hells Canyon Complex, including Brownlee Reservoir, where there are current fish consumption advisories. Dr. David Krabbenhoft, a worldwide expert on mercury cycling and behavior in the atmosphere and aquatic environments and mercury contamination of … Continue reading

6/22/16 – Our Changing Climate (encore episode)

Temperatures on earth are increasing. Such a change has spurred debate, both politically and in the sciences, as to the causes of climate change and its impacts. It’s a complex issue. On this episode of Elemental Idaho, rebroadcast from March, we talk about the natural drivers of climate change, and how our climate has changed over … Continue reading

6/15/16 – Idaho’s Timber Protective Associations (encore episode)

The Idaho Department of Lands receives assistance from two timber protective associations in Idaho to suppress fire and protect against fire hazards on more than 6 million acres of state and private forests and rangelands. On this encore episode of Elemental Idaho, Len Young, the Chief Fire Warden of the Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association talks … Continue reading

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