Lifting Oil Export Ban Will Fuel Climate Change

The Senate may vote this week on a bill to lift the nearly 40-year-old ban on export of domestic oil. This will result in more dangerous Bakken oil trains rumbling through North Idaho.

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Bogus Basin, the Boise Valley and Climate Change

Pat Ford ponders the ski resort as an indicator of climate change.

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Lewiston Trib: Abandoning Upper Lochsa Is Not an Option

The Lewiston Tribune offers a compelling option to address the widespread public concern over the proposed Lochsa Land Exchange…Reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund and apply some of those funds to purchase the private timber lands which provide important fish and wildlife habitat near Lolo Pass.

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Road to Paris: What’s Happening? Why Now?

Gary Payton is in Paris observing the United Nations-sponsored Climate Talks. This is the 3rd installment of a series of guest blogs about his experiences as a witness to these historic discussions.

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Snowmobilers Can’t Get Enough

Only 6% of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests are recommended for wilderness protection under a new land management plan adopted by the Forest Service earlier this year, but snowmobilers aren’t satisfied with the decision.

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Cleaning Up Abandoned Mines in Idaho Could Cost $1 Billion

If efforts to seize public lands are successful, costs for abandoned mine cleanup could total more than $1 billion, according to a new report. State taxpayers would be solely responsible for these costs. Instead, a state takeover of public lands should be abandoned, and mining laws should be reformed to ensure adequate funding for mine reclamation.

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My, Oh My, What a Year…

Thoughts about the year from 2015 artist in residence Peter Lovera.

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Sage-grouse Would Benefit from Mining Withdrawals

The greater sage-grouse needs large expanses of undeveloped sage-brush habitat. The Bureau of Land Management has proposed protecting 3.8 million acres of sagebrush areas in Idaho from the threat of mining. Under this proposal, sage-grouse and many other species would benefit.

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Grangeville Agrees—Protect Public Lands

Sen. Jim Risch hosted a public hearing on a controversial land exchange proposal in North-Central Idaho. The hearing brought out hundreds of concerned local citizens who overwhelmingly opposed the land swap.

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Road to Paris: It’s for the Children

In his second blog about the Paris Climate Talks, ICL member and guest blogger Gary Payton explains his motivation for going to Paris to participate as a member of “Civil Society.”

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