Environment

Wyoming is leading the trend on protecting wildlife migration routes across the region, but the state's latest move to add two more migration routes is being held up by a letter from a coalition of industries, including oil and gas, mining and livestock interests. Jim Magagna is with the Wyoming Stock Growers Association.

Boise River, Flooding
Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

The Boise River is on the rise once again.

 

The first golden eagle in Yellowstone National Park to wear a tracking device is dead from lead poisoning. 

TOOELE – From behind the wheel of a gray Jeep Wrangler, Rob Hammer scans a high-desert landscape in search of an elusive American icon.

IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME / IDAHO STATESMAN

This segment originally aired on March 4, 2019.

Freelance journalist Rocky Barker has been tracking the dwindling numbers of the Selkirk caribou and he joins Idaho Matters to illustrate the effects of encroachment and climate change on the iconic steer of the Northwest.

SNAKE RIVER SEED COOPERATIVE/BOISE CO-OP

This segment originally aired on January 23, 2019.

The Snake River Seed Cooperative encourages regional growers to produce organic, non-GMO seed for both farmers and backyard gardeners. We meet Snake River Seed Cooperative founder and director Casey O'Leary and learn why this program can lead to healthier communities and wealthier growers.

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Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

The Boise river will be rising in the next few days as water managers react to recent spring rains.

Ethan Davis / Sawtooth Avalanche Center

Over the last few days, an unstable mix of rain and snow in Central Idaho has led to several avalanches. One of them destroyed two homes.


Chronic wasting disease is crippling deer populations in the Mountain West, around the country and in bordering Canadian provinces. It's not a bacterium or a virus or even a fungus, but caused by something called a prion, a type of protein that all mammals have in their bodies.

Soil erosion in the West is getting worse. And that’s creating more dust – which isn’t good for ecosystems, human health or the economy.

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A coalition of conservationists is petitioning Idaho and Wyoming to make hunters carry bear spray when they’re within the Yellowstone ecosystem.

 

Roger Phillips / Idaho Fish and Game

Moose are on the decline in Idaho and across the West. That means moose tags for Gem State hunters will be in short supply.

National Park Service

House Democrats railed against the Trump Administration’s proposed National Parks budget in a committee hearing this week.



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Since 2005 the City of Nampa has sold trees to folks, encouraging residents to plant more in the city’s right-of-way areas. They're for sale again this spring.

 


Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association

In January, Idaho river outfitters were a bit worried about a lack of good snowpack. After February’s monster storms, they’ve gone from troubled to overjoyed.

The Climate Prediction Center forecasts a warmer spring than usual in the Mountain West.

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Fishing Through the Apocalypse examines the future for freshwater fish in America. Climate change, pollution, hydroelectricity and interstate water policy have all had an impact on fish and fishing. We talk with the book's author, Matt Miller of The Nature Conservancy, about the future of Idaho fish.

Courtesy Rusty Kramer

If you kill a wolf in Idaho, your effort might be worth $1,000. 

A nonprofit in North Idaho covers costs for hunters and trappers who successfully harvest wolves. The group, called the Foundation for Wildlife Management pays up to $1,000 per wolf harvest.

 

Four environmental groups filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging the Trump Administration’s rollback of protections for an imperiled species.

 


Matt Guilhem / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho Power announced a pledge Tuesday to provide customers 100 percent clean energy by the year 2045.

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U.S. Fish & Wildlife

Idaho Fish and Game has killed wolves in the upper part of Idaho. The Department says the goal is to boost the number of elk in the area.

 

National Park Service officials are reconsidering a plan would require would-be visitors to make reservations to enter Arches National Park after receiving pushback from local businesses.

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A new study finds habitat for waterbirds has been declining due to climate change. Warmer temperatures and less precipitation are leading to a reduction in habitat which, in turn, has resulted in fewer waterbirds in the Great Basin.

The study features work from Oregon State University, UC Merced, the US Geological Survey and the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation. Scientists pored over a century of climate data for the Great Basin and compared it to 50 years of bird surveys beggining with the year 1968.

Idaho Power

Idaho Power has a green power initiative that allows people to purchase wind and solar energy for their homes. Now, this week’s Treefort Music Fest is getting in on the program. 

 


This winter, our region has seen heavy snowfall. That can be tough on wildlife.

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