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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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Parks, Dams, Sage-grouse and Public Lands

Parks, Dams, Sage-grouse and Public Lands

Transportation is the going-home issue of the session: legislators are not going home until they figure out how to fund transportation. Meanwhile, they have taken action on Craters of the Moon, dams in Idaho, and sage-grouse. Plus, we celebrate a win on the public land takeover compact!

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Wood River Valley Earth Week!

Wood River Valley Earth Week!

Earth Day... more like Earth Week! This year let's celebrate Earth Day through the week with fun challenges, a Green Expo and a panel discussion on Water, Energy and Food.

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Crazy Wonderful New Year

Crazy Wonderful New Year

ICL's 2015 artist in residence, Peter Lovera, talks about how his residence year has begun.

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The (Flowering) Rush is ON—Help Keep it at Bay

The (Flowering) Rush is ON—Help Keep it at Bay

It sounds kind of pretty, and it looks pretty, but flowering rush is nasty stuff. Flowering rush work parties are scheduled this month in Sandpoint for April 11 and 25.

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Why Stop at $70,000 When You Can Waste $150,000?

Why Stop at $70,000 When You Can Waste $150,000?

A recent Lewiston Tribune editorial highlights the ongoing public lands takeover and an interstate compact bill that proposes to have Idaho turn a blank check over to out-of-state, unelected interests.

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Legislature's Still in Session

Legislature's Still in Session

You may be asking why the Idaho Legislature is still in session—and will be for a while. The answer is transportation. Read more about what's happening and how you can help by emailing our state senators opposing the public lands takeover.

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BWC: The Last of the Best for Bull Trout

BWC: The Last of the Best for Bull Trout

A new study suggests that the Boulder-White Clouds will be one of the last places to support bull trout and cutthroat trout in the future.

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County Officials Call for Action on Scotchman Peaks

County Officials Call for Action on Scotchman Peaks

The Bonner County Board of Commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution today, calling on Congress to designate the Scotchman Peaks as a protected wilderness area.

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This Land Is Our Land, Right?

This Land Is Our Land, Right?

Just as the session starts to wind down, several bad bills are being debated in the Statehouse. The focus of activity has been in the House Resources and Conservation Committee.

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Conservationists Object to "Needlessly Destructive" Mining Activities in Frank Church Wilderness

Conservationists Object to "Needlessly Destructive" Mining Activities in Frank Church Wilderness

Conservationists object to "needlessly destructive" mining activities in Idaho's Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness.

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Pace at the Statehouse Quickens

Pace at the Statehouse Quickens

The pace at the Statehouse has increased as legislators hope to adjourn by month’s end. Find out what conservation issues they are working on.

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