Grazing Leads to Blazing

On August 21, 2015 By

Livestock grazing has fanned summer’s fires in Idaho and the West-

Livestock grazing in southwestern Idaho and across the West has contributed significantly to intensity, severity, and enormity of fires this summer. Important habitat for sage-grouse, redband trout, other wildlife species is now ablaze. Despite the livestock industry’s claims to the contrary, the Idaho fires […]

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Oregon Congressman’s Greg Walden’s (other western legislators also are sponsors)  support of the so-called Resilient Federal Forests Act is based on faulty assumptions. The Resilient Federal Forests Act will actually decrease forest resilient. Here’s a link to Walden’s position on the Act. https://iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/view_newsletter.aspx?id=125667&c=OR02GW Here’s just a few of the problems. Walden asserts that if […]

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As much as 700,000 acres in and adjacent to the new designated wildernesses could possibly be retired from livestock grazing-

Many people are celebrating the establishment of the three new wilderness areas in the Boulder and White Clouds mountains of south central Idaho.  About 275,000 acres of very scenic mountain ridges with alpine and sub-alpine lakes […]

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The article below has many important points from the Antiplanner that I believe are quite accurate.

The FS spends almost a thousand dollars per acre trying to control fires. This is due to the absolutely insane response of the agency to fire.

First, most fires self extinguish without any control, yet we waste money jumping […]

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Experienced hiker dead in backcountry near Elephant Back Trail. Found partly buried and partly eaten-

Although Yellowstone bison this year have been throwing tourists around and stomping on them (5 injured mostly due to unwary photo taking), a grizzly bear has finally shown up to add to the annual toll wildlife caused injuries/deaths.

In the […]

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Wilderness in the Boulder and White Clouds mountains after 40 years of trying!

Yesterday the U.S. Senate, just like the U.S. House did earlier this summer, passed a 275,000 acre wilderness bill for the scenic Boulder and White Clouds mountains. They rise on the east side of the famous Sawtooth Valley in central Idaho.  Of […]

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‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey