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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.

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

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

Kootenai County Commissioners Candidate Forum

There is an ever expanding atmosphere of anticipation and anxiety that surrounds presidential election years like 2016.  But don’t let your fascination with activity on the national stage eclipse another very important showdown-the local elections.  Yes, who occupies the Oval Office impacts our lives… but so does who serves on our county commission.  These three [...]

By | 2016-10-28T12:06:05+00:00 October 28th, 2016|Community, Land Use|0 Comments

CdA City Council to Consider Blackwell Annexation

Tonight the Coeur d'Alene City Council is being asked to annex 172 acres of Blackwell Island, Lake Coeur d’Alene and the Spokane River and change the zoning to Commercial At 17 Units/Acre (C17). This request is made by the Marina Yacht Club to accommodate their plans to expand. As part of the annexation request, the [...]

By | 2016-09-20T10:18:08+00:00 September 20th, 2016|blog, Land Use, Water|0 Comments

The Last, Best Chance to Save the Big Wild: Northern Rockies Ecosystem Preservation Act

 Whatever you do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.     — Goethe For the first time, the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act (NREPA) has been introduced into the Senate by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and has seven co-sponsors including Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. The bill, S. [...]

By | 2016-06-22T14:55:31+00:00 June 22nd, 2016|blog, Forests, Land Use, Wildlife|0 Comments