Environment

Pei-Lin Yu / Boise State University

Boise State University anthropology professor Pei-Lin Yu is studying something you don't always hear about in discussions about climate change: the impact on cultural sites and artifacts in National Parks. She talks with guest host George Prentice about working with park rangers to identify vulnerable places in America's treasured parks. 

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In Idaho, we all experience wildfire smoke during the summer. But what is the cumulative effect of this smoke on our health, and how do we know when to take action? Is it getting worse in an era of climate change? We talk with Austin Walkins from the Idaho Conservation League. The advocacy organization has a new checklist for folks to understand their risks and make a plan.

Lenny Ignelzi / AP

Cutthroat trout face a lot of threats in Idaho, chief among them invasive fish and habitat loss. Wildlife officials say white pelicans are also putting a dent in some trout populations.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

 


This month the City of Boise asked the community to take action and join the plastics challenge: to give up one disposable plastics item. That could be straws, plastic bags, or — the big one — non-reusable water bottles. Though July is coming to an end, the discussion over single-use plastics is just getting started, and the Zero Waste Boise Institute is planning to continue the conversation.

 

Heath Druzin / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho Fish and Game wants to ban the import of most deer, elk and moose to keep at bay a disease that has been devastating deer herds in other parts of the country.

Courtesy BLM

The Trump Administration has selected a champion of private property rights and oil, gas and coal energy development to fill a top position at the Bureau of Land Management.

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A recent analysis by the news outlet Arizona Republic shows a number of communities across our region are at risk for deadly wildfires.

 

Bonnie Moreland/ Flickr Creative Commons

This week, Pacific Rivers and Idaho Rivers United filed a petition challenging the way power is harnessed at the Hells Canyon complex. The groups claim the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, or DEQ, did not meet requirements when they gave certification to Idaho Power.

 

The Bureau of Land Management is proposing 11,000 miles of fuel breaks throughout our region to help combat the spread of wildfires.

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Molly Messick / Boise State Public Radio

Much of Idaho has been untouched by drought so far this year, but dry conditions are beginning to creep in.

Several utility companies in the West have announced they will institute power blackouts in areas with high fire risk when conditions are particularly bad. 

Flickr Creative Commons, US Department of Agriculture

When wildfires rage, it’s pretty routine to share fire suppression crews across state lines. It turns out that sharing firefighters across national borders is not uncommon either.

 

Courtesy Headwaters Institute

Across the Mountain West, the majority of our land mass is publicly owned. A new mapping project by Headwaters Economics provides county-level data that can help you understand what that means.

 

Courtesy Grand Junction Bureau of Land Management

Colorado Senator says the Bureau of Land Management is moving its headquarters to his state. Supporters say that will help decision makers be closer to the land they manage. Some conservationists oppose the idea. Idaho Matters takes a closer look.

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The Environmental Protection Agency is expanding the use of an insecticide that is toxic to bees. The move affects more than 17 million acres of farmland in our region.

 

NASA

As temperatures heat up, a familiar and potentially dangerous sight of summer is returning to Brownlee Reservoir.

Molly Wampler / Boise State Public Radio

Thursday marks the opening of one of Zoo Boise's most ambitious projects to date. The 2.5 acre Gorongosa National Park Exhibit will debut to the public. The new exhibit features baboons, hyenas, warthogs, Nile crocodiles and other animals. But Idaho Matters finds out it's much more than just a chance to see exotic animals.

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Fire season may have started with a bang this weekend, as lightning struck across parts of south and central Idaho.

 

Courtesy Grand Junction Bureau of Land Management

The Bureau of Land Management is officially relocating its headquarters to the Mountain West. That’s according to an announcement by Colorado Senator Cory Gardner.

 

Courtesy National Park Service

More and more people are becoming rock climbers, and the economic effects are big in our region. That’s according to a new report from the American Alpine Club.

 

David L. Anderson

Boise biologist David Anderson wants to change the world with tree climbing.

 

Courtesy Colorado Parks and Wildlife

A gray wolf was spotted in Northern Colorado this week and Wyoming Game and Fish just confirmed it's a member of a Wyoming pack.

 

Rocky Barker

Rocky Barker just got back from Gorongosa National Park, which was hit by a devastating cyclone earlier this year. He talks about his trip and about the new Gorongosa exhibit about to open at Zoo Boise.

David Lebech / Flickr

Farm-to-Fork dinners are served on the very farms that grow the evening's food. They are a national phenomenon. But ultra fresh fare isn't all these feasts offer. Correspondent Guy Hand goes to dinner at Peaceful Belly Farms in the Treasure Valley and finds there's more on the menu than a good meal.

Joe Jaszewski, File Photo from the Idaho Statesman

The saying goes: only you can prevent wildfires. But it turns out, a few other methods are also pretty effective in curbing those seasonal menaces.

 

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