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Beth Markley

Beth Markley has written 312 posts for el.e.men'tal Idaho

01/24/18 – Implications of the Malheur/Dakota Access Pipeline Protests (encore)

In October, 2016, members of a group that occupied Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge for 41 days were acquitted of preventing federal employees from doing their jobs. On the day of the acquittal, law enforcement officers arrested nearly 150 protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline, leading some to draw parallels between the two occupations. What are … Continue reading

01/10/17 – A new Start for CIEDRA (encore) 

In January 2015, 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

01/03/17 – Idaho Governors Face off over DOE proposal (encore)

In 2015, former Idaho Govs. Cecil Andrus and Phil Batt threatened the US Department of Energy 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 amount … Continue reading

12/27/17 – Etiquette on Foothills Trails (encore)

Ever wonder about trail etiquette? Which trails to choose, or which plants and animals are living there? For those who are just beginning to explore the trails that cross the Boise foothills, have never gone before, or need a seasonal reminder, Genny Gerke, College of Idaho Outdoor Program Director, joined us for this program. This … Continue reading

12/20/17 – Media, Politics, and Environmental Public Policy (encore)

For this episode, I spoke with John Freemuth, BSU Professor of Environmental Policy, and Seth Ashley, an Associate Professor at BSU specializing in American journalism, media ethics, culture, and sociology. We spoke about the role of the media in today’s political climate, including issues regarding media access to public agencies, dissemination of information to the public about environmental, land use … Continue reading

12/13/17 – The Case for Dark Skies (encore)

Light pollution can have serious environmental consequences for humans, wildlife, and our climate. Idaho Conservation League’s Dani Mazzotta joined us to talk about some of these impacts and a collaboration under way in the Wood River Valley and Stanley Basin to establish a dark sky reserve. This is an encore presentation of elemental Idaho. You … Continue reading

12/6/17 – The Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve

The Multi-Cultural Habitat Enrichment Project is a new partnership that aims to improve habitat and enrich lives, updating the Reserve’s master plan, improving habitat, and bringing new visitors to the Hyatt HIdden Lakes Reserve. Tim Breuer of the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley, and City of Boise Open Space Restoration Specialist Martha Brabec talked about … Continue reading

11/29/17 – Managing Idaho’s Wild Horses (encore)

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

11/22/17 – Invasives in Idaho (encore)

Quagga and Zebra Mussels, foreign aquatic species, have overtaken lakes and rivers, imperiling native species and overwhelming everything from hydropower intakes, agriculture pipelines, boats and shorelines, devastating Eastern US waters. Just last year, Montana discovered mussel larvae in their lakes, and Montana’s Governor declared a natural disaster. On this episode of Elemental Idaho (first recorded in … Continue reading

11/15/17 – University of Idaho’s Experimental Forest (encore)

For over 80 years, the University of Idaho Experimental Forest has provided a working forest classroom for students. The management units, natural areas and outdoor classrooms provide the connection to field-based education, faculty and graduate research. In this episode of Elemental Idaho, we’ll hear about how the College of Natural Resources and this amenity help … Continue reading

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