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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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Public Land Takeover Update

Public Land Takeover Update

Committee hearings show majority of Idahoans oppose the efforts to takeover public land.

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Simpson's Renewed Boulder-White Clouds Push

Simpson's Renewed Boulder-White Clouds Push

ICL has supported Rep. Mike Simpson's efforts to pass a Boulder-White Clouds bill for over a decade, and we have tremendous respect for him and his work. That said, our experience suggests that the hill he hopes to climb is very steep. Congress isn't getting anything done. We believe the path to permanent protection is clearer and far more certain with a national monument.

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Pend d'Oreille Bay Trail Milestone Reached

Pend d'Oreille Bay Trail Milestone Reached

One and a half miles of shoreline trail is now in public hands with the most recent purchase of waterfront land by the city of Ponderay.

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High Fives All Around!

High Fives All Around!

Thank you to those that participated in our High Five Member Drive!

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Safety of Oil-by-Rail Studied in Northwest

Safety of Oil-by-Rail Studied in Northwest

Washington State is studying the safety of oil-by-rail, and if the state adopts more stringent requirements for oil trains, that could help improve safety in Idaho, too.

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San Gabriels Monument Continues Momentum

San Gabriels Monument Continues Momentum

San Gabriel Mountains National Monument was designated today by President Obama. This is another major conservation achievement for the administration and should be roundly applauded. We are confident it is far from the last. New protections for this Forest Service landscape are another indication that conservation momentum is building, a momentum that we believe will ultimately include the Boulder-White Clouds.

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Calling Idaho Artists!

Calling Idaho Artists!

Applications are now being accepted for ICL 2015 artist in residence.

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State Sage-grouse Recommendations Are a Good Start

State Sage-grouse Recommendations Are a Good Start

ICL's John Robison provided this conservation perspective during a recent McClure Center on Science in Public Policy forum on sage-grouse. He believes that the state sage-grouse recommendations are a good start but more work is needed.

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Lake Pend Oreille Decision Challenged in High Court

Lake Pend Oreille Decision Challenged in High Court

On Monday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments about our lawsuit against the Bonneville Power Administration and the agency's decision to fluctuate winter lake levels in Lake Pend Oreille.

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More Hearings on Public Lands Takeover

More Hearings on Public Lands Takeover

The Interim Federal Lands Committee is holding public meetings and we need your help to take a stand for public land.

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