Environment

Mesa Burn Closed To Commercial Morel Pickers

Apr 29, 2019
Monica Gokey / Boise State Public Radio

Every summer, commercial mushroom pickers scour the previous summer's fire maps to find the most promising ground for morel picking. But in one of Idaho’s biggest burns, the forest will be closed to commercial picking.

There’s a fungus wiping out a special kind of toad that lives in the Rocky Mountains, but scientists may have a solution: a probiotic skin soak.

The boreal toad is a tough little animal, with a lifespan longer than a decade, about half of which is spent buried underneath a thick layer of snow high up in the mountains.

“They’re really impressive little guys,” says Tim Korpeta, a graduate student in biology at the University of Colorado Boulder who has recently embodied another title: toad-bather.

More and more Americans are living in places where the air is dangerous to breath. That's because of smog or smoke from wildfires. A new study says climate change is the culprit.

Dinosaur National Monument is known for its fossils and footprints. But now it could become known for its stargazing.

Roger Tabor / USFWS

Idaho and Oregon have worked out a deal to keep operating the Hells Canyon Complex on the Snake River.

 

Payette National Forest

Hikers, campers and outdoor enthusiasts have a new way to find out if forest officials will be burning the landscape near their getaways.

No new oil and gas leases. No more shrinking monuments. Free entrance to national parks.

Boise State University

Justin Hayes takes over as the executive director of the Idaho Conservation League on May 1. He joins Idaho Matters to talk about the future of conservation and preservation of the Gem State and the upcoming 2019 Environmental Conference called "Energy, Salmon, Agriculture, and Community: Can We Come Together?"

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.

water, boise river
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.

Nomadic Lass / Flickr Creative Commons

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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Matt Zaske / Flickr Creative Commons

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.

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