Watch out for bill to change Idaho’s trespassing law
A version of this first appeared in the Idaho State Journal on Feb. 25.
Five-maybe ten years ago, I was driving around the backroads of Bannock County and I saw some amazing clouds that looked kind of like UFOs, flying saucers. I had a camera but wanted a photo unmarred by powerlines and […]Continue Reading →
Industrial Forestry Paradigm drives Colville NF logging
The recent response to my editorial on the ecological value of dead trees by Russ Vaughn and Mike Peterson demonstrated exactly the problem I was attempting to address: that the Industrial Forestry Paradigm, not ecological understanding, drives forestry on the Colville National Forest. http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/feb/21/russ-vaagen-and-mike-petersen-forests-are-a-source/
Their last paragraph illustrates this industrial bias. Vaughn […]Continue Reading →
Wyoming Public Lands Initiative Undemocratic
Wyoming counties are currently involved the Public Lands Initiative. Ostensibly the purpose is to determine which Wilderness Study Areas (WSA) should be designated as wilderness and which areas will be released to other land exploitation. Across Wyoming, there are 42 WSAs on BLM lands and three WSAs on Forest Service lands, totaling over […]Continue Reading →
Share the Land
For thousands of years, humans have been reliant and aware that we are all dependent upon other life to support us. If the caribou or bison herd didn’t come near the village or the salmon failed to materialize in the streams, people starved.
We humans intuitively understood that we had an obligation and responsibility to […]Continue Reading →
Border Fantasy Legislation Threatens Wildlands
One of the only good things about the failure of Congress to agree upon the future of DACA recipients (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is that Trump’s fantasy about a border wall was not funded yet (which you may remember Mexico was going to pay for).
Many see the Border Wall controversy as a humanitarian […]Continue Reading →
Idaho BLM Juniper Removal For Sage Grouse Recovery Questioned
The Idaho BLM is proposing to remove juniper from over 600,000 acres of land in the Owyhee River area of southern Idaho ostensibly to benefit nesting sage grouse. Sage grouse avoid treed areas, so the idea is to cut down juniper to increase sage grouse habitat quality.
While there is no doubt from the literature […]Continue Reading →
The Public Lands Collaboration Process
Why Collaboration Won’t Protect our Public Lands By Rick Meis, Halfway, OR
Collaboration is a process of playing two sides off against each other in order to create enough guilt in one or all the parties that a compromise is reached. The primary problem is that it is specifically NOT based on science […]Continue Reading →
The future of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests
The Forest Service is currently seeking public comments regarding the development of alternatives for the Forest Plan Revision on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests in North Central Idaho. The deadline is February 28. The new forest plan will guide management direction over the next 10 – 30 years. A Draft Environmental Impact […]Continue Reading →
Mountain Biking Threat to Wilderness
Across the country, the growing popularity of mountain biking is increasingly a threat to our wildlands, even in designated wilderness. Some mountain biking advocates promote the idea that their sport is compatible with the goals, and even the legal obligations of federal land management agencies that manage wilderness.
Yet my feeling is […]Continue Reading →
The Gallatin Range Sold Out
A group of individuals known as the Gallatin Partnership has colluded to propose a future division of the Gallatin Range into different recreational zones to the detriment of wildlife and wildlands. http://missoulian.com/lifestyles/recreation/bozeman-group-proposes-forest-consider-more-wilderness-wildlife-management-areas/article_1fda14fc-d78c-536f-9688-25225fb21899.html?utm_source=Conservation+News+-+January+31%2C+2018&utm_campaign=CN+17+Jan%2F18&utm_medium=email
The Gallatin Range is the largest unprotected wildlands left in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
Stretching south 50 […]Continue Reading →
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