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Any outdoorsmen, be it to fish, hunt or hike, rely on our forests to provide recreation. KEA monitors all Forest Service timber sales and takes action when environmental laws are violated to ensure that our forests remain a source of clean water and recreational opportunities for all. In 1990 KEA launched its Forest Watch program and since has been the protective watchdog of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. We work to keep our forests sustainable, and to provide habitat sufficient to support viable fisheries and wildlife populations.

US Forest Service Plans to Limit the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Process

Almost anytime there’s a chance for you to weigh in with land managers about an important decision—from trying to fight off mining in the headwaters of the Boundary Waters to the creation of a new management plan for your local National Forest—that opportunity exists because of a law called the National Environmental Policy Act, or [...]

By |2019-08-07T08:47:26-07:00August 7th, 2019|Forests|0 Comments

Sometimes It is Better Not to Collaborate

Too often, these environmental organizations have been captured or compromised by those whose intent is for greater access to public lands and greater resource exploitation thereof. They participate, they argue, because without their input the results would be more skewed and biased toward resource extraction.  But in my experience, the best outcome we see is [...]

By |2019-07-25T10:33:22-07:00July 25th, 2019|Forests|0 Comments

Forest Collaboration is Consuming the Public ‘s Forests

Citizens are speaking out in support of our nation’s conservation laws that protect National Forests. Efforts to circumvent those laws by self-styled collaborative groups, who are holding a conference in Coeur d’Alene today, threaten to take the public’s voice out of our National Forests. The conservationists and citizens note that collaborative efforts by special interests [...]

The future of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests

The Forest Service is currently seeking public comments regarding the development of alternatives for the Forest Plan Revision on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. The deadline is February 28. If you don’t understand forest planning, or if you were unaware of this important deadline, it is not your fault. Forest Supervisor Cheryl Probert has failed [...]

H.R. 1349

Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) said his legislation to allow bikes in wilderness areas is nothing more than modernizing the original intent of the decades-old Wilderness Act. "People who enjoy mountain biking have just as much a right to use the public trails as those who enjoy hiking or riding, and our wilderness areas were never [...]

Contact your Senators Now!

For 100 years, federal tax policy has incentivized the giving spirit. It has also empowered our crucial work. The goal of simplifying the tax code and making it easier for Americans to file their taxes is admirable, but the collateral damage this simplification would cause comes at too great a cost. According to Republican estimates, [...]

Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017 (HR 2936)

It’s bad enough that industrial logging can occur on 250 acres of public land, and be excluded from routine environmental review. This includes limited opportunity for public involvement. The Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017 (HR 2936) would drastically increase this scenario, and allow 10,000 acres of public land to be logged without the necessary [...]

Time to pull out the pen and paper and let your voice be heard

Bills to Oppose   Water Bills to Oppose HR 3043-passed House The Hydropower Policy Modernization Act, would make the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) the lead agency for all federal authorities related to dams including The Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and National Environmental Policy Act. It gives unprecedented power to FERC to set [...]

M44 Cyanide Bomb Use

Friends of the Clearwater’s Ashley Lipscomb  presented on M44 Cyanide Bomb Use by the USDA’s Wildlife Service for the first Happy Hour at KEA ‘s new offices. Coffee Roboto, the business  of Michal and Young Bennett, provided coffee, sodas, and treats to make for a delicious  educational experience. Friends of the Clearwater, founded in 1987, [...]