Category : Forests

This Land is Our Land, This Land is Their Land: The Value of Maintaining Public Lands in Northern Idaho

As Congress has shown its intention to sell off public lands, there is a pressing need to recognize the value of public lands for We The People.  Whether you’re an avid hiker, seasoned sportsmen, or a once-a-summer weekend visitor, the common space of public lands provide recreation, fishing, and hunting opportunities to everyone without prejudice and at low to no-cost.  Protecting access to public lands more »

Fear and Hope: Understanding & Preparing for a Changing Climate in the Inland Northwest

Fear and Hope: Understanding & Preparing for a Changing Climate in the Inland Northwest

As the garage doors opened for outside seating among the popular bars and restaurants on Sherman Avenue in Coeur d’Alene early this March, it was easy to look forward to biking, hiking, boating, fishing, and all the other great outdoor activities that draw so many people to the Inland Northwest and fuel the local tourist based economy.  Winter already seemed like an afterthought as local more »

Endangered Caribou Critical Habitat

Endangered Caribou Critical Habitat

A coalition of conservation groups filed a lawsuit in 2013 challenging the US Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS) decision to cut more than 90% of protected critical habitat for the endangered mountain caribou – from a proposed 375,562 acres to a mere 30,010 acres. In March 2015, a federal judge ordered the USFWS to reconsider this decision. The mountain caribou population has dwindled drastically in more »

Additional Trees Cut Along the Dike Road

The City of Coeur d’Alene has removed more than 700 trees from the Dike Road. This is twice as many trees as we had been told by City Engineer, Gordon Dobler, in his last reports to the community in Spring 2014. Remember that for Coeur d’Alene to qualify for FEMA’s flood insurance, their levee must be certified by an engineer.  The engineering firm that was more »

Cuts on the Dike Road

Cuts on the Dike Road

Timber!!! If you are planning to take a stroll down the Dike Road that skirts North Idaho College this week, you will unfortunately see a lot of stumps. We’ve done all that we can to delay these cuts for as long as possible. And although we didn’t want to see a single tree removed, we are happy that 70% of the trees have been allowed more »

Farm Bill

Farm Bill

Earlier this year, President Obama signed the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act, also known as the Farm Bill.  The Farm Bill isn’t new, but is updated and reauthorized every five years to serve as the government’s main policy tool for agriculture, food safety and nutritional programs. This 900 plus page bill is vast and daunting; while some of the provisions are helpful to support more »

Conservation Groups File Objection to Panhandle National Forest Plan

Today, a coalition of conservation organizations and individuals filed a formal objection to the draft record of decision (ROD) to the revised Idaho Panhandle National Forest Plan. The group includes Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Sierra Club’s Idaho Chapter and Upper Columbia River Group, Kootenai Environmental Alliance, Selkirk Conservation Alliance, Friends of the Clearwater, Paul Sieracki and Barry Rosenberg. The groups and individuals maintain the more »

HR 1526 Great Name Bad Idea

Recently, the US House Natural Resources Committee passed H.R. 1526, the “Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act” introduced by Rep. Hastings (R-WA)- who is also conveniently the Chairman of the Committee. This bill is similar to Rep. Raul Labrador’s “Self Sufficient Community Lands Act” that was introduced last session and died in committee. HR 1526 provides a temporary solution to the expiration of the more »

An Opportunity to Halt Logging of Farragut Shoreline

An Opportunity to Halt Logging of Farragut Shoreline

The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) Board will meet on Tuesday, July 30, 8 AM at the Coeur d’Alene Inn located at Highway 95 and Appleway. This is an important, and perhaps the last, opportunity to voice your objection to the proposed logging of the beautiful shoreline trail at Farragut State Park. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game, with the approval of more »

FOC notes problems with the Collaborative Forest Plan Revision Process

The Clearwater and Nez Perce National Forests have initiated an effort to revise their Land and Resource Management Plans, or Forest Plans. The planning area encompasses approximately four-million acres of national forest land in north-central Idaho. From east to west, the national forest lands stretch from border to border. On the north is the rolling terrain of the Palouse. On the south is the rugged more »