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Fish and Wildlife Seeks to "Reaffirm" Limited Habitat Protections for Caribou

Fish and Wildlife Seeks to "Reaffirm" Limited Habitat Protections for Caribou

A federal judge ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service erred when it significantly reduced habitat protections for Idaho's lone caribou herd without first seeking additional public input.

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Lummi Totem Pole to Journey Through Sandpoint

Lummi Totem Pole to Journey Through Sandpoint

The Lummi Tribe's fight against a giant coal export terminal in their fishing grounds may be nearly over, as the Corps of Engineers will decide soon whether to stop the permitting process. The tribe's story is the subject of a documentary to be shown in Sandpoint, followed this summer by the latest totem pole to traverse the route of the coal exports.

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"LIV" for the Future

"LIV" for the Future

It's not every day that a government entity in Idaho does something good for the air we breathe, water we drink and land we love. The city of Boise's new report on creating a "lasting, innovative, and vibrant" (LIV) city sets an ambitious and achievable vision to grow our clean energy future.

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Fun on the Weiser River

Fun on the Weiser River

Springtime is the perfect time to float southwest Idaho's Weiser River, so a group of us did just that last weekend.

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The Greater Sage-Grouse Show

The Greater Sage-Grouse Show

ICL Development Assistant Jenny Estes recounts a recent, remarkable day she spent watching the sage-grouse courtship dance and exploring the Owyhees' Mud Flat Road.

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Desegregating Wilderness

Desegregating Wilderness

Pat Ford comments on some ideas proposed in an essay by Jourdan Imani Keith in Orion magazine.

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No Place Like Idaho on Earth

No Place Like Idaho on Earth

Read Senior Conservation Associate Jonathan Oppenheimer's guest column about Earth Day, published in the Idaho Falls Post Register. He writes about how we should recognize our joint responsibility to keep Idaho the way we like it.

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Atlanta Gold Continues to Pollute Boise River

Atlanta Gold Continues to Pollute Boise River

New records show that Atlanta Gold continues to pollute the Boise River in violation of federal law and a federal court order. Today, ICL and the Northwest Environmental Defense Center notified Atlanta Gold Corporation of their intent to take legal action to protect the Boise River.

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Teach Our Children Well

Teach Our Children Well

The Idaho Legislature recently rejected revised Idaho science education standards. Now's your chance to help correct that wrong and make sure that our kids are receiving a quality education, consistent with well-founded scientific principles.

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It's Here!

It's Here!

Idaho's first large-scale solar project will go live by the end of April. After years of waiting, the future is here—locally generated clean energy to replace out-of-state fossil fuels. This week, a couple of us at ICL visited the project: learn what we found out.

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Court Ruling: Wolverines Deserve Protections

Court Ruling: Wolverines Deserve Protections

A federal judge in Montana ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) must reconsider protections for wolverines under the Endangered Species Act. The ruling applies to the estimated 300 wolverines that remain in the northern Rockies and north Cascades, including subpopulations that persist in some of Idaho’s most rugged high country.

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"Boots on the Ground" Grant Seeds New Stewardship Program

"Boots on the Ground" Grant Seeds New Stewardship Program

The Idaho Conservation League was granted $1,500 for our new wilderness stewardship program in Central Idaho. It's time to dig in and get dirty in the wilderness!

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Looking at Our Water Future

Looking at Our Water Future

How should Treasure Valley work with its growing water needs?

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The Economic Value of Quiet Recreation on BLM Lands

The Economic Value of Quiet Recreation on BLM Lands

A newly released study that looks at the economic value of quiet recreation on BLM lands found that in Idaho alone, there were 3.9 million visits to the state's 11.9 million acres of BLM lands in 2014 to enjoy nonmotorized outdoor opportunities.

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Protecting Open Space in the Boise Foothills

Protecting Open Space in the Boise Foothills

Does landing a small private aircraft in the lower Boise foothills push the envelope on the balance of appropriate use? ICL thinks so.

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How to Kill Goodwill—the Cautionary Tale of Clagstone

How to Kill Goodwill—the Cautionary Tale of Clagstone

When a major landowner and business offers to do a good thing, it's probably not a good idea to poke a stick in their eye.

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Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound

In a mad dash for the door, the Idaho Legislature sounded like an auction house this week. To finish work for the year, both the House and Senate suspended their rules to expedite must-pass funding bills. Other legislation, including several bills of interest to ICL, died on the vine and at least one should be considered for a veto.

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All Idahoans Must Continue to Benefit from Clean Drinking Water, Healthy Rivers

All Idahoans Must Continue to Benefit from Clean Drinking Water, Healthy Rivers

This guest opinion by our water associate Marie Kellner was published in the Idaho Statesman today, Mar 24, 2016.

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Spring into Clean Energy

Spring into Clean Energy

Spring brings longer days and warmer weather, reminding all of us to get ready for summer. But hot weather drives up energy demands and can lead to air pollution if we rely on fossil fuels. Fortunately, there is plenty you can do to enjoy summer while protecting the air we breathe. Learn more...

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Good News on Coal Front

Good News on Coal Front

Arch Coal announced last week that it would no longer seek a permit for the Otter Creek Mine, which was the largest proposed coal mine in the country.

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