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A Newbie's Perspective of Wild Idaho!

A Newbie's Perspective of Wild Idaho!

ICL celebrated the 30th anniversary of Wild Idaho!, our annual membership conference, this past weekend. While some in attendance had been to all 30, others were enjoying their very first experience at Wild Idaho! Read about this first-time experience by our newest staffer, Austin Hopkins.

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Big News for the Boise River!

Big News for the Boise River!

After years of study, this week brings news that raising the Boise River's Arrowrock Dam is not going to happen.

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Tide is Turning on Coal Exports

Tide is Turning on Coal Exports

With five of six coal export terminal projects shelved or denied in the Pacific Northwest, one of the biggest still remains; Longview's Millennium Bulk Terminals.

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Idaho Gives, Idaho Cares About Conservation

Idaho Gives, Idaho Cares About Conservation

Yesterday Idahoans across the state demonstrated their support for Idaho's nonprofits because they love their Idaho. But Idaho Gives is a lot more than money. It's also community—and Idaho's conservation community is clearly growing.

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Salmon River Non-navigable? Since When?

Salmon River Non-navigable? Since When?

Editorial page editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune, suggests that the state of Idaho essentially invited a petition from the Idaho Conservation League to protect the Salmon River. In many ways, he's right.

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Groups Seek to Protect Boise Headwaters from Mine Exploration

Groups Seek to Protect Boise Headwaters from Mine Exploration

Citing uncertain impacts to water quality and other resources, the Idaho Conservation League and two other conservation groups filed their opening brief in court last week to stop the CuMo mineral exploration project from moving forward in the headwaters of the Boise River.

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Support Idaho, Support ICL!

Support Idaho, Support ICL!

Thursday, May 5 is an important day across Idaho—and certainly for ICL. Idaho Gives is a great opportunity to recognize what Idaho and its nonprofits provide us all. This year, your support of ICL will be doubled!

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What's up with the Salmon River?

What's up with the Salmon River?

The Salmon River is soon to receive additional protection under a law signed by President William McKinley in 1899. The new designation for the river corrects a historical oversight and will better protect water quality and fish habitat in one of Idaho's premier rivers.

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White-nose Syndrome in Western Bats?

White-nose Syndrome in Western Bats?

The first case of the deadly white-nose syndrome that has been decimating bats in the East has been detected in Washington. What does this mean for our bat friends in the West?

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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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