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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.

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, [...]

By | 2017-05-05T12:51:38+00:00 May 6th, 2017|blog, Forests, Wildlife|0 Comments

The Era of Megafires

Research ecologist and forester, Paul Hessburg, PHD, presented “The Era of Megafires, Monday, May 1, 2017, to kick off  May  as Wildfire Awareness Month, a multi-state proclamation by governors in several western states,  including Idaho.  Hessburg was born in Minnesota, but came  to eastern Washington and grew to love the region and decided to raise [...]

By | 2017-05-03T14:14:46+00:00 May 4th, 2017|blog, Community, Forests|0 Comments

Action Allert: EPA under attack

Before the inception of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) our country was a toxic soup of pollution that ranged from horrific air quality to chemically polluted waterways.  The EPA was born in 1970 in the wake of elevated concern about the environment.  Since then, the EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for [...]

By | 2017-04-28T13:12:25+00:00 May 1st, 2017|blog, Forests, Water|0 Comments

Your Public Lands Under Attack

Did you know that Idaho has sold off 41% of its state-owned land since statehood; more than 100,000 acres have been sold to private interests since 2000. Legislation has been introduced at both the state and federal level to pave the way for federal land transfers to local governments for possible sale, mining or development. [...]

By | 2017-02-26T15:21:46+00:00 February 26th, 2017|Forests, Land Use|0 Comments

Settlement Restricts Megaloads on Wild and Scenic Highway 12

The Nez Perce Tribe, Idaho Rivers United and legal group Advocates for the West recently finalized a settlement agreement with the U.S. Forest Service to protect historic uses of U.S. Highway 12 in north-central Idaho while restricting megaload shipments to preserve the area’s spectacular scenery and cultural significance. The agreement resolves a federal court lawsuit [...]

By | 2017-01-27T17:11:38+00:00 January 27th, 2017|Forests, Water, Wildlife|0 Comments

Court Rules Forest Service Illegally Authorized Helicopter Intrusions in Premiere Wilderness Area

A federal judge today ruled that the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) illegally authorized the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) to conduct approximately 120 helicopter landings to place radio collars on elk in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness last winter in an operation during which IDFG also unlawfully collared four wolves. As [...]

By | 2017-01-20T09:48:16+00:00 January 20th, 2017|Forests, Wildlife|0 Comments

Restoring the Coeur d’Alene Basin: Deadline Looms for Public Input on Superfund Megasite

The deadline to submit comments on the draft Coeur d’Alene Basin Restoration Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is tomorrow, Friday, January 13th. The Restoration Plan  is meant to provide a comprehensive strategic framework to guide the restoration of natural resources and their services injured by the release of mining related hazardous substances in the [...]

By | 2017-01-12T14:28:09+00:00 January 12th, 2017|blog, Forests, Land Use, Water, Wildlife|0 Comments

Senator Risch Introduces Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Act

A huge thank you to U.S. Sen. Jim Risch who introduced a bill earlier this month to protect 13,900 acres in north Idaho as wilderness. The Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Act of 2016 would protect approximately 13,900 acres in the rugged range of mountains above Lake Pend Oreille and the Clark Fork River. Its low-elevation boreal [...]

By | 2016-12-22T12:24:59+00:00 December 22nd, 2016|Forests, Land Use, Water, Wildlife|0 Comments

Restoration Partnership Plans for Restoration of Injured Natural Resources in Coeur d’Alene Basin

For most of the 20th century, mining wastes in the Coeur d’Alene Basin were discharged into the South Fork and mainstem Coeur d’Alene River and its tributaries, or were deposited on lands and eventually migrated into ground and surface waters. Mine tailings and sediments contaminated with lead and zinc continue to be deposited in the [...]

By | 2016-11-28T13:11:30+00:00 November 28th, 2016|Forests, Water, Wildlife|0 Comments

Judge blocks Montana Logging Project in Lynx Habitat

A federal judge has blocked a logging project northeast of Yellowstone National Park until federal officials analyze the effects of the project on Canada lynx that live in the area. A wildlife advocacy group that sued to stop the Greater Red Lodge Habitat and Vegetation Management Project in the Custer National Forest hailed the decision [...]

By | 2016-11-28T11:09:33+00:00 November 28th, 2016|Forests, Wildlife|0 Comments