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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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Protecting More Valuable Resources Like Clean Water

Protecting More Valuable Resources Like Clean Water

A recent field trip to the proposed CuMo mining project got ICL's intern thinking about the shift in public opinion toward protecting more valuable resources such as clean water, pristine forests and wildlife habitat.

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Hearing Woody Guthrie Sing Again

Hearing Woody Guthrie Sing Again

Pat Ford celebrates the anniversary of singer/songwriter Woody Guthrie's 103rd birthday.

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Three New Monuments—Now It's Idaho's Turn

Three New Monuments—Now It's Idaho's Turn

On Friday, Obama created three new national monuments in California, Texas, and Nevada. This brings his total to 19. Now is the time to remind him that the Boulder-White Clouds deserve to be protected as well.

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Escape from Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Escape from Between a Rock and a Hard Place

An update on the adventures of ICL's field assistant, Avery Shawler.

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Cleaning Up After Idaho Power

Cleaning Up After Idaho Power

Pat Ford describes the process involved in cleaning up and cleaning up after Idaho's largest utility.

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Lemonade out of Lemons for Boise River Fish

Lemonade out of Lemons for Boise River Fish

The Ada County Commission is stepping up its game on environmental issues, and Boise River restoration is first at bat.

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Lac-Mégantic Anniversary a Warning for North Idaho

Lac-Mégantic Anniversary a Warning for North Idaho

Two years ago a unit train carrying Bakken crude oil derailed in a little resort town in Quebec, Canada, killing 47 people and putting North America on alert for oil trains.

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In Two Days—75 Miles and 22,000 Vertical Feet!

In Two Days—75 Miles and 22,000 Vertical Feet!

Can you believe Luke Nelson, Tye Draney and Steven Gnam ran 75 miles and climbed 22,000 vertical feet in just two days in the rugged terrain of the Boulder-White Clouds!

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Bear Valley

Bear Valley

Pat Ford visits Bear Valley every year.

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How to Spread the Word in Ketchum

How to Spread the Word in Ketchum

This summer, ICL has five dedicated canvassers from all over the valley helping to inform Wood River Valley residents about conservation topics.

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Meet ICL's Public Lands Intern!

Meet ICL's Public Lands Intern!

ICL's public lands intern, Jenna Narducci, will be helping out with our public lands work this summer.

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It's a Sage-grouse Lek-stravaganza!

It's a Sage-grouse Lek-stravaganza!

Across the West, wildlife and conservation advocates are coordinating a huge social media blitz June 25 and 26 on behalf of sage-grouse and other western wildlife. Learn more about this "lek-stravaganza."

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Just What IS Out There?

Just What IS Out There?

The Multi-Species Baseline Initiative seeks to answer a basic question: What's out there?

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Small Streams Aren't Important—They're Essential

Small Streams Aren't Important—They're Essential

Clean water is the lifeblood of America. Our citizens rely on it for drinking water. Farmers need it to grow the crops that feed us. Today, the Environmental Protection Agency is finalizing a rule that will restore protections for small streams across America. Unfortunately, Congress is attempting to undermine these protections so that polluters can avoid responsibility under the Clean Water Act.

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