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Senate Hearing on the Boulder-White Clouds Yesterday

Senate Hearing on the Boulder-White Clouds Yesterday

ICL's Rick Johnson testified about the Boulder-White Clouds yesterday before the Senate in Washington, D.C.

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Recognition of Warm Springs Mountain Snail

Recognition of Warm Springs Mountain Snail

Did you know the Wood River Valley has its very own snail?

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Love Fish and the Boise River? Then This Blog Is for YOU!

Love Fish and the Boise River? Then This Blog Is for YOU!

Live in the Treasure Valley? Your presence is needed at a May 27 public meeting about the Barber Dam and the Boise River.

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What's Out There in the Field?

What's Out There in the Field?

Another installment from Field Assistant Avery Shawler, who is inventorying Lands with Wilderness Characteristics in South Idaho.

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Forest Service, BLM Propose Mining in Sensitive Habitat

Forest Service, BLM Propose Mining in Sensitive Habitat

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest and BLM Cottonwood Office have proposed opening the South Fork Clearwater River and two tributaries to the North Fork Clearwater River to dredge mining operations. If approved, up to 35 mining operations could be allowed in rivers that provide habitat to threatened and endangered salmon, steelhead and trout.

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Fiery Derailment Follows New Regs

Fiery Derailment Follows New Regs

On Wednesday, May 6, another train carrying Bakken crude oil derailed and exploded. This less than a week after the federal government issued new, and insufficient, rules to increase the safety of transport of crude-by-rail.

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Tribute to Scott Reed

Tribute to Scott Reed

A tribute to the late Scott Reed, by ICL's former executive director, Pat Ford.

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Cut Carbon Pollution to Save Lives

Cut Carbon Pollution to Save Lives

A new study shows that cutting carbon pollution from coal plants will save thousands of lives each year. So along with protecting our planet from a changing climate, we can save lives, too.

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Concerns Mount Over Proposed Weiser Dam

Concerns Mount Over Proposed Weiser Dam

Idaho has spent millions of dollars in the last five years studying the potential for new dams. Last weekend, ICL helped bring people together to talk about the downsides of putting all our proverbial water eggs in the dam basket.

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A Turning of the Wheel

A Turning of the Wheel

Thank you ICL board, staff, members, and supporters for the years we have worked together.

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A Note of Thanks—to the Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission

A Note of Thanks—to the Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission

ICL petitioned the Oil and Gas Commission to start a negotiated rulemaking to update the Idaho rules that govern the way that the Commission operates and hears complaints—and they said yes.

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Land Board Denies Salmon River Gold Mine

Land Board Denies Salmon River Gold Mine

On Tuesday, April 21, 2015, the Idaho Land Board denied an application for a commercial dredge mining operation in the bed of the Salmon River near Riggins.

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ICL Loves Its Members!

ICL Loves Its Members!

At ICL we love our members! We truly cannot protect the epic beauty, natural resources and quality of life throughout Idaho without our members by our side.

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Idaho Legislature Adjourns

Idaho Legislature Adjourns

The Idaho legislative session has come to an end. Read our take on the latest conservation developments and check out our bill tracker for the full list of legislation we worked on this year.

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Include Volunteer Trail Work in Your Summer Plans

Include Volunteer Trail Work in Your Summer Plans

If you enjoy Idaho's trails, then take time this summer to help keep them in shape.

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Meet ICL's New Field Assistant

Meet ICL's New Field Assistant

We are excited to have a new field assistant on board with us! ICL has hired a contract position to help with our project to inventory Lands with Wilderness Characteristics in southern Idaho. Avery's stoked to be working with us, and we're very happy to have her!

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The Public Lands Takeover Rollercoaster

The Public Lands Takeover Rollercoaster

The public lands takeover has been in the news lately. There has been action in the Idaho Legislature, in the U.S. Congress and in several other state legislatures. It's hard to keep track of all the moving pieces, so make sure to buckle up.

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Kootenai County Water Quality—and Quality of Life—in the Crosshairs

Kootenai County Water Quality—and Quality of Life—in the Crosshairs

Kootenai County's newest county commissioners show disregard for water quality with attempt to eliminate shoreline buffer in land use codes.

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Highlighting the Good News!

Highlighting the Good News!

The Idaho Legislature is still in session. While we wait for legislators to wrap up, let's take a moment and highlight the good news.

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Your Chance to Weigh in on Open Space Management

Your Chance to Weigh in on Open Space Management

The City of Boise is creating the first plan to guide decisionmaking for management our open space reserve system. Now is your chance to weigh in.

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