Critical Habitat for Selkirk Caribou

In response to a successful petition and lawsuit by some of our regional colleagues, last week the U.S.  Fish and Wildlife Service released a mapping of critical habitat for the woodland caribou in the Selkirk Mountains. Some 375,500 acres are designated, most of which is in remote roadless areas in Boundary County, Idaho, with some lands designated in Bonner County, Idaho and Pend Oreille County, more »

KEA 2.1

It’s not all boring meetings and troublemaking. Part of being a non-profit organization in the 21st century is being sure that online communications are effective and up-to-date. In that regard, we’ve just launched a brand new website that will give us more flexibility, at a lower cost, and we think, with a much better appearance. There’s still a lot of work to do — much of more »

Constitutional Analysis of Wetland Cases .. for Dummies

Here’s the thing to remember. We live in the United States of America. We are a nation of laws. We have a Constitution that gives Congress the authority to pass laws under enumerated powers. One of those powers is provided by the Constitution’s commerce clause. Congress passed the Clean Water Act. The Supreme Court has affirmed that, within commerce clause limits, the Clean Water Act is more »

Rep. Labrador’s Office to Deliver Dike Road Trees Petition

With the generous assistance of our local Congressman, the dike road tree petitions are on their way to Washington DC. This morning, Adrienne and I delivered the stack of signatures to Rep. Raul Labrador’s Coeur d’Alene office. The Congerssman’s staff says they will take it from here. Our petition is directed at Hon. Jo-Ellen Darcy, the U.S. Army Assistant Secretary for Civil Works, whose office more »

Property Rights Council to Sponsor Seminar

Holidays are not slowing the rightward march of the Bonner County Property Rights Council.

Giving Thanks For Community Conservation

The one thing we know all too well in our small office, we can’t do what we do without community support. And we have a remarkable community we have in North Idaho. This Thanksgiving holiday, we’d like to point out some of the ways that people have come together this year to make our great region even greater. With an outpouring of support from paddlers, more »

Bonner County PRC Gains Support. Well, Not Really.

In the portion of its website labeled “Media Reports Including Errors and Omissions,” the Bonner County Property Rights Council cites a flattering statement from the “National Association of Rural Land Owners.” “Bonner County, ID is serious about protecting Property Rights. Every County and City in America can learn from this new, innovative approach to protecting property rights. They are just getting started but they have more »

California Department of Fish and Game Moves to Join Environmentalists’ Lawsuit on Levee Vegetation

KEA obtained a press release announcing that California’s Department of Fish and Game will be joining a lawsuit brought by environmental groups fighting the Corps of Engineers’ policy requiring vegetation removal from levees. The lawsuit alleges that the Corps failed to perform a proper NEPA analysis on the levee vegetation policy and that the policy violates the Endangered Species Act. Coeur d’Alene’s problem is horrible, more »

Meetings We Attend So You Don’t Have To: Last Night’s Meeting of the Bonner County Property Rights Council

A great deal of our conservation work in North Idaho depends on attending long boring meetings. We know that people have actual lives, and that going to long boring meetings is not something that most people enjoy. Unfortunately, though, that’s often where work gets done, deals get made, and progress can happen. That’s why we go. On the other hand, there are a lot of more »

The Sacketts’ Wetland Mapped

It took all of 5 minutes to create the above map, using the US Fish and Wildlife Service wetlands mapper. Had the Sackett’s taken the time to to look into it before bulldozing their property and filling it with gravel, or had they made a call to the US Army Corps of Engineers for an advance wetland determination, they could have avoided the legal mess more »