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War on Wolves Worsens

Idaho’s obsessive war on wolves got insanely more heated today as Idaho’s Senate Resources Committee approved a bill that would open up new methods to kill the legislatively de-listed endangered species. According to Spokesman reporter Besty Russell, “The bill would let livestock owners whose animals are molested by wolves shoot the wolves from motorized vehicles, [...]

By | 2012-02-22T14:21:47+00:00 February 22nd, 2012|Wildlife|1 Comment

Financing Secure Rural Schools With No Money

On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives will hold a hearing on at least one bill to address the expiration of the Secure Rural Schools Act (SRS), which supplies rural counties with federal cash to counterbalance declining forest products revenues. As it turns out, the federal government is out of money. The imminent end of [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:52:31+00:00 September 19th, 2011|blog, Forests|1 Comment

My Private Property Rights. And Yours.

Idaho’s tradition of fierce protection of private property rights is well known and well established. The State of Idaho has legislated layers and layers of protection for the wide majority of Idahoans who particularly value the rights that accompany the ownership of land. However, as the Supreme Court has repeatedly upheld – property rights are [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:51:17+00:00 August 16th, 2011|blog, Land Use|2 Comments

Idaho Fish and Game Proposes Unsupportable Hunting and Trapping Seasons for Wolves

Often, our job seems like an exercise in futility. Today, KEA sent yet another set of comments regarding wolf management to Idaho’s Department of Fish and Game.  Shielded from lawsuits (maybe), the Department is free to push the state’s wolf management balance back toward extinction. On the table at the quarterly meeting of the Fish [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:51:19+00:00 July 25th, 2011|blog, Wildlife|0 Comments

BLM Rejects M3 Land Exchange

In a letter dated March 4th, the district managers for both the Coeur d'Alene and Boise districts of the BLM rejected the proposed land exchange that would have transferred some 9000 acres of North Idaho BLM property to M3, in exchange for some 11,000 acres of M3 lands in the Boise foothills.  M3, an Arizona-based [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:47:49+00:00 March 9th, 2011|blog, Forests, KEA, Land Use|1 Comment

Otter Budget Proposes Funding For Water Quality Monitoring

For all of our friends and members who wrote a letter, sent an email, or signed a petition, here’s some moderately good news from Boise. Even though, by all accounts, it is a tough budget year for Idaho, Governor Otter has allocated full funding in his budget for water quality monitoring. Our friends at Idaho [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:46:30+00:00 January 11th, 2011|blog, Water|2 Comments

Idaho Needs a Clean Water Revival

For whatever the reason -- budget priorities, neglect, antipathy to federal mandates -- Idaho's lack of proper attention to clean water is tilting toward disaster. The Clean Water Act is one of this country's most important environmental laws. Passed by Congress in 1972, it is responsible for some impressive success stories in the nation's environmental [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:45:17+00:00 November 15th, 2010|blog, Water|3 Comments

KEA Expresses Concern With M3 / IFG / BLM Land Exchange Proposal

After some detailed study and discussion, KEA finally weighed in on the proposed land exchange between Arizona developer M3 Eagle, Idaho Forest Group (IFG), and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), expressing serious concerns. The complicated exchange would provide M3 with key parcels related to a development proposal just north of Eagle, it would [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:44:11+00:00 August 19th, 2010|blog, Forests, KEA, Land Use|3 Comments

What We’re Reading — Wolf Litigation Edition

The long-awaited Endangered Species Act decision on wolves from U.S. District Judge Molloy in Missoula was released yesterday. The reaction was immediate and occasionally over the top: Wolves go back on the list. -- Missoulan (Note: a copy of the actual opinion is linked from this article) Idaho Fish and Game is "very disappointed." -- [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:44:12+00:00 August 6th, 2010|blog, Wildlife|1 Comment