In July David Parrish who was the Director of Idaho Fish and Game for the Magic Valley region lost his job after he commented on the wildlife impacts of the proposed by wind farm on public and private land near Brown’s Bench.

We covered the story, but the Idaho media didn’t seem to find this outright political repression very exciting. Our story on Parrish’s firing. Finally the Idaho Press-Tribune has an editorial.

F&G official should be allowed to have his say. Idaho Press Tribune. I think it’s a good editorial.

Update. A person named “Dave” sent me an editorial that recently appeared in the Lewiston Tribune (subscription only) criticizing the politicization of Idaho Fish and Game by the Governor and state legislators. So, my statement that Idaho media almost ignored this travesty with a lack of commentary should be modified a bit. RM

Brackett Cattle Company sign near Three Creek, Idaho

Brackett Cattle Company sign near Three Creek, Idaho. Copyright Ralph Maughan. June 2008

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan's Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of "Hiking Idaho." He also wrote "Beyond the Tetons" and "Backpacking Wyoming's Teton and Washakie Wilderness." He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

2 Responses to Fired Idaho Fish and Game Director should have his say

  1. TPageCO says:

    I think the Idaho Mountain Express recently ran an editorial supporting Parrish, too.

  2. kt says:

    The article states:

    “Unfortunately for Parrish, he’s got some demerits in his confidential personnel file — enough that this latest mishap triggered the demotion”. Yeah, and what are THOSE “demerits” about, pray tell?

    Someone needs to dig, and see just how many of those “demerits” stem from Parrish having the audacity to sign his name to OTHER agency comment letters, or from just telling the truth about abysmal sage-grouse numbers. You see, writing ANY comments about Brackett grazing, the Jarbidge RMP planning process, etc. is verboten these days for a state wildlife person. All of this, of course, is fueled by Director Cal Groen pandering to Butch. Nearly all the big public land area Jarbidge ranches are Bracketts or Brackett-by-marriage or Simplot or Gay Otter-Simplot operations.


August 2008


‎"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