Environment

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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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Researchers are finding a disturbing uptick in poached birds and other wildlife in Southwest Idaho. We speak to one Boise State researcher who sees the dangerous affects this could have on the state's ecosystem.

Kameron Perensovich / National Audobon Society

Clay Scott shares this nocturnal adventure with Saw Whet owl researchers in Montana, and a visit to Denver Holt, of the Owl Research Institute, about his improbable journey from Boston street tough to ornithologist.

A study in the journal Science says a lot more methane is leaking from oil & gas sites than previously thought -- about 60 percent more than the current estimate from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Boise State University professor Neil Carter researched the impact of human activity on the bahavior of nocturnal animals and the results are startling.

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Shoshone Falls is poised to be a spectacle one more time for its swan song before the water is reduced to a trickle for the summer.

As more people move into the West, interactions between humans and bears have increased. Now Yellowstone National Park is asking visitors to help save bears by honking at them.

A recent study published in Science magazine reports some animals are becoming more nocturnal. The cause is human activity.

Stephanie Coates / Intermountain Bird Observatory

An alarming number of migratory birds that spend springtime in Idaho raising their young are turning up dead. Researchers say humans are to blame for recent losses.


This year’s federal firefunding fix brought a sigh of relief among many in the Mountain West.

It will pump billions of dollars into firefighting efforts over the next decade. But not all wildfires are fought by the federal government.  

Many are fought at the state level with dwindling state funds.  

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