Our members are dedicated to making sure that wildlife has a voice. KEA works to educate the public on wildlife issues while promoting the health of game, non-game wildlife and habitats. The wildlife that demands our attention in northern Idaho are wolves, grizzly bears, woodland caribou, lynx, wolverine, bull trout, white sturgeon and the pika.

Action Alert: Public Meetings for Idaho’s Wild Salmon

Idaho's rivers used to teem with wild salmon and steelhead- but dams constructed along the Snake River have decimated our once vibrant ocean-running fisheries. The good news is that you now have the opportunity to advocate for recovery of wild salmon and steelhead in Idaho waters and restore more than 140 miles of the Snake [...]

By | October 21st, 2016|blog, Water, Wildlife|0 Comments

The Art of Beekeeping

Insights from October 6th Presentation at KEA Happy Hour from Barb McFarland The low humming of bees accompanied Barb McFarland’s lecture on the amazing and complex life cycle of honey bees, and the practical side of her twenty years of bee keeping in Northern Idaho. Honeybees are a non-native species that English colonists brought to [...]

By | October 13th, 2016|blog, Wildlife|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 | June 22nd, 2016|blog, Forests, Land Use, Wildlife|0 Comments

Judge Rules Feds Improperly Refused to Protect Wolverines

Today, the federal district court for Montana rejected a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) to deny protections for wolverines in the contiguous U.S. The court ruled the Service improperly ignored science and violated the Endangered Species Act. A broad coalition of conservation organizations challenged the Service’s refusal to protect [...]

By | April 4th, 2016|Wildlife|0 Comments

Action Alert: Save Clagstone Meadows for Public Access and Wildlife

We are on the brink of saving nearly 9,000 acres of wildlife habitat and opening it to public recreation. But we need you help to protect Clagstone Meadows and keep it from being developed! Clagstone Meadows encompasses 13,000 acres of granite hills, forests, meadows and delicate wetlands near Kelso and Clagstone Lakes just north of [...]

By | March 11th, 2016|Forests, Land Use, Water, Wildlife|0 Comments

Lawsuit Challenges End to Federal Monitoring for Northern Rocky Wolves

Today conservation organizations filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to extend the federal monitoring period for wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains. The existing monitoring program, which is required by the Endangered Species Act after protections are removed for a species, is set to expire in May. [...]

By | March 10th, 2016|Wildlife|0 Comments

High Speed Jet Boats Proposed to Race Through Superfund Area

According to an article in The St. Maries Gazette, a high speed jet boat race will take place along the Coeur d’Alene River on May 24th and 25th of this year. The St. Maries Chamber of Commerce has been hosting the Race the Joe! event since 2012 and is now looking to expand the event [...]

By | February 8th, 2016|blog, Water, Wildlife|0 Comments

Coalition of Conservation Groups, Industry, and Municipal Government Challenge Hatchery Permit for Impacts of PCBs to the Spokane River

Last week, a coalition of conservation groups consisting of the Spokane Riverkeeper, The Lands Council, the Kootenai Environmental Alliance, and the Lake Spokane Association, along with the Inland Empire Paper Company and the City of Coeur d’Alene filed a challenge to the Washington State Pollution Control Hearings Board of a pollution discharge permit issued by [...]

By | January 20th, 2016|Water, Wildlife|0 Comments

Wilderness and Economics

“A national park will not save the area. Rather, the restrictions and red tape that come with federal control would inhibit growth. Survival requires economic development, but a national park will limit our options.” Kathy Gagnon editorial opposing a national park in Maine published in Bangor Daily News May 11, 2014[i] Wildland preservation [...]

By | January 11th, 2016|blog, Community, Forests, Land Use, Wildlife|0 Comments