Category : Forests

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 »

A Betrayal—Lakeshore Logging in Farragut State Park

A Betrayal—Lakeshore Logging in Farragut State Park

Farragut State Park is a favorite recreation destination for locals and out-of-town visitors alike.  Its miles of beautiful lakeshore are graced by a mix of old growth  ponderosa pine and Douglas fir trees and other native plant species… at least for awhile. Unfortunately the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) has begun to log their land along the extremely popular Idlewilde Bay lakeshore. You more »

Preview: Forest Plan Comments

KEA’s comments on the draft Idaho Panhandle National Forest Plan are due on Monday. The fairly lengthy comments are still being finalized, but the first paragraph will go something like this: As a general matter, we are glad that the Forest Service has finally developed a new draft forest plan, but we are disappointed. We believe that it is not sufficiently protective of watersheds, wildlife more »

Voices Needed to Protect Mallard-Larkins, Grandmother Mountain and St. Joe River Watershed

The great folks at Friends of the Clearwater gave a great presentation last week at the Iron Horse. As promised, here are some of their suggestions for comments on the draft plan for the Idaho Panhandle National Forest.  Our local forest abuts the great forests of the wild Clearwater along the St. Joe divide. From FOC: The plan for the diverse 2.5 million-acre Idaho Panhandle more »

Perspectives on Idaho Panhandle National Forest Plan Revision

Perspectives on Idaho Panhandle National Forest Plan Revision

When we look at our National Forests, we conservationists necessarily take the long view.  Our region has made a lot of mistakes in forest management over the years, and we continue to pay the price. Wildlife has been lost, habitat fragmented, and watersheds trashed.  Moreover, as federal forest funding dwindles to a trickle, restoring wildlife habitat watershed health becomes impossibly challenging.  So what becomes clear more »

Ten Things To Watch in 2012

If there’s one thing we notice in the KEA office, it is that the days on the calendar keep flying at us. Every day is a new challenge.  In the brief respite afforded by a slightly less frantic holiday week, here is a compilation of things we’ll be watching as the new year unfolds. 1. Dike Road Trees — At some point in 2012, we’re more »