Category : Wildlife

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 »

Pilings for Osprey Habitat

Pilings for Osprey Habitat

Cougar Bay is unique on Lake Coeur d’Alene.  It provides refuge for birds, fish and wildlife, as well as quiet water for small watercrafts and non-motorized boaters. Log pilings stand as visual monuments to the historic logging past on Lake Coeur d’Alene when log storage in Cougar Bay was integral to the DeArmond, Idaho Forest Industries, Diamond, Northwest Timber and Ohio Match sawmills. Evidence of 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 »

Caribou Receive Only 10% of the Originally Proposed Critical Habitat

Caribou Receive Only 10% of the Originally Proposed Critical Habitat

A disappointing decision has been handed down by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) with regard to critical habitat designations for the Selkirk Woodland Caribou. Almost exactly one year ago, USFWS proposed ~375,562 acres be designated as critical habitat for the southern Selkirk Mountain population of woodland caribou. This acreage was decided by USFWS officials that had, “reviewed the available information pertaining to the more »

Bonner County – At it Again

Bonner County has filed a frivolous lawsuit in hopes of getting the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to respond to a petition to have the Selkirk Mountain Caribou removed from the Endangered Species list. This suit is represented by the Pacific Legal Counsel, Bonner County and the Idaho State Snowmobile Association (ISSA), who claim that there are thousands of Caribou in North America and more »

Idaho- NO on HJR2

Idaho- NO on HJR2

You should have received your Idaho Voter’s Pamphlet in the mail by now. The 43 pages of 12-pt font are a lot to wade through but please make sure that you thoroughly read through Page 4-  H.J.R. 2aa, which is a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment also know as the Idaho Hunting and Fishing (and Trapping) Amendment. The proposed measure would add “the right to hunt, fish more »

Toxic Blue Green Algae in Idaho Lakes this Summer

Toxic Blue Green Algae in Idaho Lakes this Summer

As summer is starting to fade into fall I am reminded and wishing for that amazing warm weather we saw this season. With that weather and current pollutants found in lakes, two documented blue green algae blooms exploded in Fernan and Hayden lakes causing health advisories and shutting down lake access. Why is Blue Green Algae showing up in our lakes? Blue Green Algae is more »

California Legal Foundation Asks: Are Caribou Really Endangered?

California Legal Foundation Asks: Are Caribou Really Endangered?

The short answer is: yes, in Idaho, of course they are — there were a grand total of four of them spotted this winter. But according to an industry and developer-funded California legal organization looking for loopholes, it isn’t that simple. The Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF), a California-based law firm with a take-no-prisoners property rights ideology, has filed a petition on behalf of Idaho snowmobile groups more »

The Goose Story

The U of Idaho geese have been saved from further torment. At least for now. Some perspectives on the whole affair from the KEA Board of Directors who did the saving: At the end of March, the University of Idaho in Coeur d’Alene installed spikes driven through boards to deter nesting Canada geese.  It certainly worked, but it also injured geese that have nested there more »

Saving the U. of Idaho Geese

Saving the U. of Idaho Geese

At KEA, we are nothing if not all-purpose conservation problem-solvers. Of course, we’re busy with clean water, land use, and forest issues. But some days the phone rings and we’ll have a brand new issue to deal with — the dike road trees, for example. Last week, we were flooded with calls about geese. According to our callers, at least three geese were severely injured more »