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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.

Court Rules Forest Service Illegally Authorized Helicopter Intrusions in Premiere Wilderness Area

A federal judge today ruled that the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) illegally authorized the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) to conduct approximately 120 helicopter landings to place radio collars on elk in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness last winter in an operation during which IDFG also unlawfully collared four wolves. As [...]

By | January 20th, 2017|Forests, Wildlife|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 | January 12th, 2017|blog, Forests, Land Use, Water, Wildlife|0 Comments

Endangered Mountain Caribou Recovery Efforts

Mountain caribou are considered one of the most endangered large mammals in North America. Loss of old-growth habitat to logging and other development have reduced caribou numbers to roughly 1,900 animals across North America. The South Selkirk Mountains herd of woodland caribou, the world's southernmost remaining caribou, occupy a transboundary range from SE British Columbia [...]

By | January 3rd, 2017|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 | December 22nd, 2016|Forests, Land Use, Water, Wildlife|0 Comments

Restoration Partnership Plans for Restoration of Injured Natural Resources in Coeur d’Alene Basin

For most of the 20th century, mining wastes in the Coeur d’Alene Basin were discharged into the South Fork and mainstem Coeur d’Alene River and its tributaries, or were deposited on lands and eventually migrated into ground and surface waters. Mine tailings and sediments contaminated with lead and zinc continue to be deposited in the [...]

By | November 28th, 2016|Forests, Water, Wildlife|0 Comments

Judge blocks Montana Logging Project in Lynx Habitat

A federal judge has blocked a logging project northeast of Yellowstone National Park until federal officials analyze the effects of the project on Canada lynx that live in the area. A wildlife advocacy group that sued to stop the Greater Red Lodge Habitat and Vegetation Management Project in the Custer National Forest hailed the decision [...]

By | November 28th, 2016|Forests, Wildlife|0 Comments

Action Alert: Speak for Imperiled Wolverine

Describing the wolverine as a “snow-dependent species standing squarely in the path of global climate change,” a federal judge overturned an August 2014 decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refusing to grant this rare and elusive species any protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Due to this ruling brought by conservation groups, [...]

By | November 14th, 2016|KEA, Wildlife|0 Comments

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