Environment

Hundreds of veterans are calling on Congress to scrap a seemingly unrelated attachment to this year’s defense spending bill.

Jeremy Nicholson / Idaho Fish and Game

This bear is taking a nap, courtesy of Idaho Fish and Game. The young male grizzly was trapped near the Mill Creek Campground in Island Park Wednesday.

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This week President Trump pardoned two Oregon ranchers serving five-year prison terms for arson on federal lands. The two men had become a cause celebre in the ongoing fight between ranchers and the federal government over water and grazing rights.

 


Record-breaking temperatures are scorching the United States with parts of our region seeing all-time highs. A number of heat-related deaths are already being reported in the U.S.

Cows
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A house subcommittee is focusing on grazing on public lands on Thursday. Republican leaders want to discuss what they call the regulatory burdens on the industry.


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Bipartisan legislation before the Senate would finally designate congressional funds to take care of about $12 billion of deferred maintenance for national parks. 

 

Utah is the only state in the Mountain West region that offers a bounty for coyotes — a major predator of young mule deer. Now the program is being updated because some people are cheating.

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The U.S. Forest Service has settled a lawsuit from environmental groups to prevent domestic sheep from grazing in areas inhabited by native Bighorns.

Molly Messick / Boise State Public Radio

When we started looking into our series “Our Changing Idaho,” we asked listeners to call or write in with comments about growth. We heard one consistent theme over and over: Families kept saying that they want to buy a home, but can’t afford it in the current housing market.

Jim Peaco / Yellowstone National Park | Flickr Creative Commons

A year and a half into the Trump presidency and several federal land agencies do not have directors—
including the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Former land managers say the lack of leadership has grave consequences for the future of public lands.

 

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We look at efforts by the Idaho chapter of the Nature Conservancy to preserve the natural landscape of Yellowstone Park.

Matt Guilhem / Boise State Public Radio

On the eve of the two-year anniversary of the Table Rock Fire, officials with a host of firefighting agencies held a press conference outlining the dangers of the 2018 wildfire season.

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Earlier this week, the U.S House of Representatives passed passed a bill allowing permit holders to kill sea lions along the Columbia and Willamette Rivers in an effort to protect threatened fish populations.

 

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The Land Water Conservation Fund was established in 1965 by Congress to provide funds and grants to governments at all levels to purchase of lands for preservation and conservation. The program is funded by off-shore drilling leases and seperation fees. In 2015, Congress chose not to renew the LWCF, and it will run itself out sometime this fall. We discuss the role of the LWCF in preserving the West and its contribution to preservation and conservation in Idaho.

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A judge has ruled against a federal agency and how they kill predators like coyotes, in Idaho. 

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