Environment

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Public lands are a big deal in the mountain west. Conservationists across our region are celebrating these lands all this month.

 

It may be autumn in a couple of days but wildfire season isn't slowing down. People living in parts of Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah remain evacuated from their homes because of nearby wildfires. And the flames are fueling another thing-private firefighting companies.

The Trump administration just relaxed Obama-era industry regulations for methane leaks from oil and gas operations on federal lands. But reactions to the change in the Mountain West are mixed.  

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The City of Boise has joined a growing list of cities across the country that have committed to transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy sources.

 

 

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A federal judge has extended a temporary ban on grizzly bear hunting near Yellowstone National Park while he mulls the animal’s fate.

 

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Canopy Watch is a guided tree climb at the Idaho Botanical Garden that allows people to learn how to use eco-friendly climbing equipment and get a bird's eye view from the flora of Boise. We meet with the organizers and learn how to swing through the trees.

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A leaked memo this week from the Interior Department shows Secretary Ryan Zinke wants to give states more clout over wildlife management on public lands, unless it conflicts with federal law.

 

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Lauren Zinsser keeps tabs on the health of the Boise River, from Lucky Peak to Parma.

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Some bats tested positive for rabies last month and for better or worse, this seems to be the only time bats are in the news. Animal resuers are concerned this type of publicity gives bats a bad image. We talk with wildlife and health officials about why we shouldn't fear bats and we meet L'il Wayne, a female silver-haired bat.


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The state’s Department of Environmental Quality issued advisories for harmful algae blooms at two more Idaho lakes. The DEQ put out alerts for both Lake Cascade and Lake Lowell. The department is using technology to try and catch blooms early.

Warmer temperatures across the region from climate change are making insect pests hungrier. That’s according to a new study published in the journal Science.

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A congressional committee is focusing on a little known environmental law Thursday.

 

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A federal fund that helps protect public recreation spaces in Idaho may not get renewed by Congress.

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The Land and Water Conservation Fund was established in 1965 by Congress to provide funds and grants to governments at all levels to purchase lands for preservation and conservation.

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The Trump Administration has finally nominated a director for the National Park Service. The new director will manage a public lands system facing record-breaking visitation and $11 billion in maintenance backlog.

 

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