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Ethyl's on the Move

Ethyl's on the Move

Grizzly bears are generally pretty predictable, at least for a wild animal. Until we learned about Ethyl. She crossed interstate highways and made it nearly as far as Coeur d'Alene before she decided to head back to the wilds of Montana.

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Public Officials Get Up to Speed on Rail Transport Issues

Public Officials Get Up to Speed on Rail Transport Issues

A recent meeting in Sandpoint to bring local officials up to date on coal and oil transport issues through North Idaho drew fire from local media. Here's the rest of the story.

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Local Businesses Support the Boulder-White Clouds

Local Businesses Support the Boulder-White Clouds

Idaho's local businesses send an important message to Washington, DC: Protecting wild places, like the Boulder-White Clouds, is critical to our communities and our businesses.

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Big Risk, Low Return—Just Your Kind of Investment

Big Risk, Low Return—Just Your Kind of Investment

The Lewiston Tribune responds to the Idaho Legislature's ongoing efforts to take over 28+ million acres of federally-administered public lands.

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ICL's Newest Staff Member

ICL's Newest Staff Member

Lori Sims, ICL's new membership assistant, introduces herself.

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Change in Tone on Public Lands

Change in Tone on Public Lands

In a major shift, the Idaho Legislature's Interim Committee changed their tone indicating that after two years they finally understand that a state takeover of federal lands is not in the best interest of Idaho—it would lose money, it's unconstitutional, and it's not what Idahoans want.

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An Artist's Year in Review

An Artist's Year in Review

Final thoughts from ICL's 2014 artist in residence, Rachel Teannalach.

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50 Years of Wilderness

50 Years of Wilderness

A special edition of Outdoor Idaho features all of Idaho's wilderness areas—and some ICL staff and members! Check it out this Sunday, Dec 7.

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Land Board to Vote on Salmon River Mine

Land Board to Vote on Salmon River Mine

Will some of the fish that call the magnificent Salmon River home soon find a portion of their habitat damaged? A proposed gold mining operation in the bed of the river is up for consideration. The mine could impact up to one mile of the bed of the river, which provides habitat for sensitive species such as spring and fall chinook, steelhead trout, bull trout and lamprey.

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Will Idaho Protect Our Air and Climate?

Will Idaho Protect Our Air and Climate?

Carbon pollution from coal power plants hurts air quality and is warming our planet. The EPA has a plan to cut carbon pollution. ICL is suggesting some improvements. What will the state of Idaho choose to do?

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For the First Time Ever....

For the First Time Ever....

With the help of citizens and stakeholder groups, the City of Boise tackles a sustainable approach to open space management.

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ICL Shines Light on Idaho Solar

ICL Shines Light on Idaho Solar

Clean energy in Idaho is no accident. Check out ICL's efforts to change Idaho's energy policy.

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What Makes the Boulder-White Clouds So Special?

What Makes the Boulder-White Clouds So Special?

Over the next couple of months, we’ll be blogging about why the Boulder-White Clouds are truly a world-class place that deserves to be honored as a national monument. We’re kicking it off with the East Fork of the Salmon River.

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We're #1! We're #1! Oh, Wait a Minute...

We're #1! We're #1! Oh, Wait a Minute...

Idaho tops an unenviable list: most domestic water use per capita. And Idaho ranks #2 for irrigation water use. Not per capita. Just overall irrigation water use.

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No Way... It's Been a Year!

No Way... It's Been a Year!

Living in the Wood River Valley and working for ICL has changed my life.

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Doggone It

Doggone It

Dismissing dog owner’s concerns as “emotional”, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission declined to take meaningful action to reduce the chance that dogs will be caught in conibear traps during a Commission meeting in Post Falls yesterday.

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Making a Crown Jewel Shine!

Making a Crown Jewel Shine!

Sandpoint's getting some attention for its mountain bike trails recently, but it's just the beginning of an effort to make Bonner County well-connected with trails of all types.

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This Fish is Smiling for Good Reason!

This Fish is Smiling for Good Reason!

You might think an Endangered Species Act listing is enough to protect a species. But if ESA protections impact someone's ability to use water in the western US, all bets are off.

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National Award Honors Idaho’s Pioneers Alliance for Sage Grouse Conservation

National Award Honors Idaho’s Pioneers Alliance for Sage Grouse Conservation

The Pioneers Alliance was just named the recipient of Department of Agriculture's Honor Award for External Partnerships.

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Backroom deal is bad for the proposed Great Burn Wilderness

Backroom deal is bad for the proposed Great Burn Wilderness

The Idaho State Snowmobile Association cut a deal with the Forest Service behind closed doors, to allow snowmobiles into the Great Burn after the Association threatened the agency with a lawsuit.

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