Category : Wildlife

Floating Wetlands Launched to Help Hayden Lake

Floating Wetlands Launched to Help Hayden Lake

Hayden Lake, a favorite cold water fishery that is nestled into the Coeur d’Alene National Forest, has begun to show the effects of abuse to its watershed. Hayden Lake is unique in that it is a bowl that has no outlet streams, thus what flows into Hayden Lake, stays in Hayden Lake- allowing pollutants to concentrate as fresh water evaporates. As with many of the more »

Rural Residents Defend Rural Landscape and Property Rights

Last Thursday, May 21, hundreds of rural residents ffrom northern Kootenai County colored the auditorium  red at North Idaho College Schuler Performing Arts Center in opposition of a zone change that would effect the landscape of North Kootenai County. The Kootenai County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) hosted this second public hearing on this 34 acre zone change request near Athol. Earlier this year Developer Dennis Swartout more »

Fear and Hope: Understanding & Preparing for a Changing Climate in the Inland Northwest

Fear and Hope: Understanding & Preparing for a Changing Climate in the Inland Northwest

As the garage doors opened for outside seating among the popular bars and restaurants on Sherman Avenue in Coeur d’Alene early this March, it was easy to look forward to biking, hiking, boating, fishing, and all the other great outdoor activities that draw so many people to the Inland Northwest and fuel the local tourist based economy.  Winter already seemed like an afterthought as local more »

Endangered Caribou Critical Habitat

Endangered Caribou Critical Habitat

A coalition of conservation groups filed a lawsuit in 2013 challenging the US Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS) decision to cut more than 90% of protected critical habitat for the endangered mountain caribou – from a proposed 375,562 acres to a mere 30,010 acres. In March 2015, a federal judge ordered the USFWS to reconsider this decision. The mountain caribou population has dwindled drastically in more »

KEA Joins Suit to Stop Wildlife Killing Contest on Public Lands

On Thursday the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) approved an unprecedented 5-year permit to allow for killing contests for wolves, coyotes, weasels, rabbits, skunks and others on our public lands. Following the announcement Kootenai Environmental Alliance joined  a coalition of conservation organizations in filing a lawsuit asking a judge to halt this contest that awards prizes to those who kill the most wolves, coyotes and more »

The Importance of Bats in Our Lives

Particularly during the Halloween season, images of bats are common in decorations and costumes designed to frighten us.  Unfortunately, this theme of fear and revulsion extends throughout the year in the minds of many adults and too often continues to be passed on to our children.  Bats, the only animals other than birds that can truly fly, are masters of the night sky, not easily more »

Fish and Wildlife Service Plays Politics with Wolverine Survival

Fish and Wildlife Service Plays Politics with Wolverine Survival

Bowing to political pressure, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service formally withdrew its proposal to list wolverines under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), despite the species’ small population and serious threats to its continued existence. Only 250 to 300 wolverines call the contiguous U.S. home, living in small populations scattered across the West. Scientists unanimously acknowledge the greatest threat to the species’ survival in the more »

Farm Bill

Farm Bill

Earlier this year, President Obama signed the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act, also known as the Farm Bill.  The Farm Bill isn’t new, but is updated and reauthorized every five years to serve as the government’s main policy tool for agriculture, food safety and nutritional programs. This 900 plus page bill is vast and daunting; while some of the provisions are helpful to support more »

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 »