Category : Community

The Roots Pursuit – The Most Non Serious Event of the Season

Since 2011, The Roots Pursuit bicycle event has brought cycling madness, environmental awareness, and 12 lively challenges to downtown Coeur d’Alene. In the most non-serious bike event of the season, two or three person teams start from the Shared Harvest Community Garden and pedal to one of four “hubs”, where they have to complete physical, mental, and/or creative challenges and get to the next hub. more »

Report Confirms Huge Impacts From Proposed Coal Export Terminal in Southwest Washington

The Washington Department of Ecology released their draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Millennium Bulk Terminal’s proposed coal export terminal along the Columbia River.  The report comes after the agency received over 165,000 public comments calling for a broad review of the proposed coal export terminal. “The review’s findings confirm what the public has said for over six years: This project has significant, unavoidable more »

KEA’s 2016 Conservationist Awards

Each year for Earth Day, Kootenai Environmental Alliance’s members and friends like to recognize those that go above and beyond in the name of conservation for our community. Since 1994. KEA has awarded the Art Manley Lifetime Conservation Award to someone for sustained efforts in furtherance of our mission: “to conserve, protect and restore the environment in North Idaho with a particular emphasis on the more »

Action Alert: Bring Glass Recycling to Coeur d’Alene

The Coeur d’Alene City Council will be considering the solid waste contract bids at their meeting on Tuesday, April19th at 6:30pm. Will glass recycling be included? The bids include three different approaches to collecting glass for reuse: Include glass as part of the curbside single stream pick up via Waste Management. This is the current provider for Coeur d’Alene (and Hayden). They provide this same more »

Shared Harvest Garden Grows More Than Vegetables

Shared Harvest Garden Grows More Than Vegetables

Sowing seeds and transplanting vegetable starts grows more than copious amounts of nutritious, organic produce at the Shared Harvest Community Garden (located at 10th and Foster). The Garden brings together friends and neighbors of all ages and walks of life, to provide organic produce for food assistance and to beautify our neighborhood. Connections between participating families, neighbors, friends, agencies, businesses and schools have grown noticeably more »

Seed Lending Library Sprouts Up in Coeur d'Alene

Seed Lending Library Sprouts Up in Coeur d’Alene

A Seed Sharing Library blossoms in the Coeur d’Alene Library, lending seeds, free of charge, to community members to grow their own garden. Coeur d’Alene’s Seed Sharing Library, True to Seed, is housed in the Coeur d’Alene Public library and offers free seeds to anyone in the North Idaho area, with or without a library card.  The seed library operates on an honor system. You more »

Record-Breaking Number of Comments Pour in Against Proposed Tesoro-Savage oil terminal

Today marks the close of comments on the draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Tesoro-Savage oil terminal in Vancouver, WA. The Stand Up To Oil campaign will deliver a record-breaking 276,296 comments to Washington’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) opposing the project. This outpouring of opposition follows turn out of almost 2,000 people to three crowded hearings (two in Vancouver, one in Spokane) more »

How We Feed Our Community Affects Our Climate

During the 2015 growing season more than 34 Community Roots Volunteers were involved in recovering 4,200 lbs. of locally grown fruits and vegetables from gardeners and small farmers using bicycles. The recovered food was then handed off to several area food assistance facilities like St. Vincent De Paul, Jumping Bean Mobile Food Bank, and Hayden Senior Center to help feed people who are struggling in more »

Wilderness and Economics

Wilderness and Economics

“A national park will not save the area. Rather, the restrictions and red tape that come with federal control would inhibit growth. Survival requires economic development, but a national park will limit our options.” Kathy Gagnon editorial opposing a national park in Maine published in Bangor Daily News May 11, 2014[i] Wildland preservation is motivated by a variety of ethical, biological, cultural, and recreational concerns. more »

Prepare to Adapt to a Warming Climate

Prepare to Adapt to a Warming Climate

The climate is changing here in the Inland Northwest and scientists say that the conditions we experienced in 2015 will be an “average year” by 2040. In November, more than 400 regional scientists and administrators came together at the 6th Annual Northwest Climate Science Conference in Coeur d’Alene to discuss what to expect in the coming years and make recommendations for how communities should prepare more »