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The Department of Interior recently released its Integrated Rangeland Fire Management Strategy whose goal is to reduce range fires in sagebrush ecosystems critical to sage grouse. The plan correctly identifies that cheatgrass is a major threat to the bird, as well as the sagebrush ecosystems.  Cheatgrass is an exotic annual plant that greens up early, […]

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This fire was started just a few days ago (Aug 6), in mountains east of obscure Denio Junction in Nevada — the Trout Creek Mountains. It quickly spread north into Oregon, southward and eastward.  Now it is over 270,000 acres, and a major source of interstate smoke. These are dry, mostly sagebrush and grass covered […]

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Alleged arson dating back years finally to go to trial-

Two years ago, an amazing story of a father and son rancher (The Hammonds) said to have started at least eight range fires on public lands near Steens Mountain came to light. Considering […]

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Fire on the Big Desert now contained. Radioactive contaminated areas did not burn-

Two stories:

INL: Fire has not released contamination. Blaze skirts Materials and Fuels Complex. By TERRY SMITH. Idaho Mountain Express Staff Writer.

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Important sage grouse and pygmy rabbit habitat burning

Range fire at Idaho National Laboratory has burned 109,000 acres since Tuesday
By KATY MOELLER – Idaho Statesman

Update on July 15.  This huge fire is still burning!

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More Nevada gold mines spew more toxic mercury than they reported. By Rocky Barker. Idaho Statesman.

Three years ago hardly anyone thought of this, but the fact is southern Idaho waters and part of Utah too is being poisoned by the emissions from the rapidly growing number of open pit gold mines in Nevada.

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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