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The secret is out that Kootenai County is one of the best places to live and consequently we have seen the explosive growth that has occurred over the past twenty years. KEA is actively involved with land use planning in the county and is committed to being an advocate for local grassroots groups that are also concerned with the negative consequences of poorly planned development on the environment and their communities.

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 [...]

By | 2018-03-19T07:21:59+00:00 March 19th, 2018|blog, Forests, KEA, Land Use|0 Comments

Proposed Smelter in Newport, WA raising concerns in local communities

A Canadian Company Called HiTest Sand is proposing to build a smelter in Newport Washington.  The proposed smelter will discharge up to 700 tons per year of nitrogen oxide, 601 tons of carbon monoxide and 760 tons of sulfur dioxide, along with 111 tons per year of particulate matter.  The smelter would be the 15th [...]

By | 2018-03-13T16:09:37+00:00 March 15th, 2018|blog, climate change, Community, Land Use, Water, Wildlife|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | 2018-02-16T09:24:36+00:00 February 17th, 2018|blog, Forests, Land Use, Water, Wildlife|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | 2017-12-11T00:35:12+00:00 December 11th, 2017|blog, Forests, KEA, Land Use|0 Comments

Fracking could be coming to a neighborhood near you!

Comments needed by December 12th! Fracking is the method of extracting very hard-to-get-at natural gas by pressure washing it out of the ground.  The process uses a lot of water to extract natural gas that is trapped between rocks.  The waste water from this process can be injected back into the ground with a special [...]

By | 2017-12-06T21:03:22+00:00 December 7th, 2017|blog, climate change, Community, KEA, Land Use, Water|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | 2017-11-28T17:42:40+00:00 November 29th, 2017|blog, climate change, Forests, KEA, Land Use, Water, Wildlife|0 Comments

COUNTY PUBLIC HEARING

This issue will impact all rural communities should this developer obtain the changes in the zoning he is trying to do.  Please try to attend tomorrow night and if not speaking in favor of rural areas, offer your pressence to speakers who have prepared 15 minute presentations.   Kootenai County Board of Commissioner’s are conducting a Public [...]

By | 2017-07-12T16:09:40+00:00 July 13th, 2017|blog, Community, KEA, Land Use|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

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