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Could an Animas River-like Disaster Happen in Idaho?

Could an Animas River-like Disaster Happen in Idaho?

Images of the mine spill on Animas River in Colorado stunned people across the West. A vibrant, clear blue river was transformed to a toxic orange ribbon. Could something like this happen in Idaho? Yes, the Boise River is vulnerable to such a spill. Read how.

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A Pile of Money for Conservation Could Go Away

A Pile of Money for Conservation Could Go Away

The Land and Water Conservation Fund, created by Congress in 1965, will sunset Sept 30 unless Congress reauthorizes it. Idaho has benefited from this fund to the tune of $234 million. Our delegation needs to step up and support this reauthorization.

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Dark Day for Idaho Solar

Dark Day for Idaho Solar

Today the Idaho PUC shut the door on independent businesses that wanted to develop large renewable energy projects in our state. The PUC limited the contract length to just 2 years, making it unlikely that these companies will want to invest in clean energy. It's a dark day indeed.

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Totem Pole Journey Tells Stewardship Tale

Totem Pole Journey Tells Stewardship Tale

A special Lummi Tribe totem pole journeys from the Lummi homeland in northwest Washington to the Powder River Basin, sowing solidarity along the coal railroad route.

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Wild Lands and Restoration

Wild Lands and Restoration

Pat Ford suggests it's time to compile a list for Idaho places that need restoration.

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Wildfires Lead to Closures on Idaho Panhandle

Wildfires Lead to Closures on Idaho Panhandle

A significant increase in wildfire activity on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests has led to a combination of mandatory and voluntary closures.

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9 Questions Answered about an Idaho Clean Power Plan

9 Questions Answered about an Idaho Clean Power Plan

The EPA's new Clean Power Plan gives Idaho the opportunity to change course instead of changing our climate. As a state, Idaho can create its own implementation plan. Read 9 things you should know about an Idaho clean power plan.

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Where's the Smoke Coming From?

Where's the Smoke Coming From?

Thinking you might head out into the wilds of Idaho? Wondering about any fire restrictions or closures. Here are some resources to help you find out about wildfires in the region.

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Our Own Climate Idaho, Part 2

Our Own Climate Idaho, Part 2

Part 2 of Pat Ford's thoughts on what Idahoans should do about climate change.

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President Signs Boulder-White Clouds Wilderness Bill

President Signs Boulder-White Clouds Wilderness Bill

This morning, President Barack Obama signed the Boulder-White Clouds bill into law, days after both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives unanimously passed the legislation.

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Idaho Conservation League Applauds Passage of Boulder-White Clouds Wilderness Bill

Idaho Conservation League Applauds Passage of Boulder-White Clouds Wilderness Bill

The Idaho Conservation League celebrates passage of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Jerry Peak Addition Act (known as the Boulder-White Clouds wilderness bill) through the U.S. Senate.

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Boulder-White Clouds—It's Done!

Boulder-White Clouds—It's Done!

With the greatest understatement, this is an amazing story. And it's only because of the tireless work of many, many people—over generations. But most of all, it is testament to what an amazing place this is.

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Live Monumental with KEEN

Live Monumental with KEEN

KEEN has launched a national campaign to rally support for protection of 3 million acres of the places we play.

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Salmon in Hot Water This Summer, Literally

Salmon in Hot Water This Summer, Literally

This summer our salmon are struggling through hot river water with reports of 50% or more dying before they return to Idahome. Let's give the salmon a hand by cutting carbon pollution and protecting the Boulder White Clouds.

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"Greenprinting" for Growth in North Idaho's Bonner County

"Greenprinting" for Growth in North Idaho's Bonner County

ICL and is working with the cities of Sandpoint and Ponderay as well as Kaniksu Land Trust and Trust for Public Land to create a "Greenprint" for the Greater Sandpoint Area that will help protect special places as North Idaho grows.

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Our Own Climate Idaho

Our Own Climate Idaho

Pat Ford on how we start to think about responding to climate change in Idaho.

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Uptick in Oil Trains Spells More Risk

Uptick in Oil Trains Spells More Risk

Recent news reports chronicle an increase in oil trains in the Pacific Northwest, the latest derailment of a Bakken crude oil train, Republican reversals on oil train safety, and a continuation of reporting rules to benefit communities.

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Update from the Delta

Update from the Delta

Despite hardships, the Clark Fork River Delta Restoration Project moves forward thanks to the tenacity of the crew and volunteers.

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Be an Advocate for Idaho!

Be an Advocate for Idaho!

As a monthly donor, you allow us to be effective and steadfast in our conservation work.

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Conservation Groups File Lawsuit to Protect Idaho’s Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness

Conservation Groups File Lawsuit to Protect Idaho’s Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness

Conservationists filed a lawsuit on July 7 against a mining company’s plan to deploy bulldozers, dump trucks and drilling rigs miles inside the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, calling the proposed plan needlessly destructive to this nationally treasured landscape. The lawsuit was filed by the Idaho Conservation League, Earthworks, The Wilderness Society, Friends of the Clearwater and Wilderness Watch.

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