Forest Service

Amanda Peacher / Mountain West News Bureau

When Joyce Fabre saw how many cars were parked at the Iron Creek Trailhead when she pulled in, she knew it would be a busy day. It was a warm, late summer morning, and her destination – Sawtooth Lake – is one of the most popular day hikes in Central Idaho. Cars were spilling out of the parking lot and lined the dirt road for a quarter mile. Fabre tightened her boot laces and pulled her backpack onto her shoulders. Before she could get going, her work began: She approached two men as they printed their name on a wilderness permit at the trailhead. 

Rachel Cohen/Boise State Public Radio

A low-flying helicopter last weekend harassed a work crew building a public trail on an easement crossing private land that connects the popular tourist destinations of Redfish Lake and Stanley in central Idaho, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

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The Idaho Conservation League finds itself in a unique position as they have two separate hearings scheduled regarding the Sawtooth National Forest. One has the League siding with the U.S. Forest service and one againstIdaho Matters talks with John Robison and Marie Callaway Kellner from the Idaho Conservation League about this odd confluence of cases.

On The Tuesday, June 4, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Jun 4, 2019

  • Echoes & Reflections trains educators to teach Holocaust and anti-hate programs.
  • The Idaho Conservation League juggles suits with and against the U.S. Forest Service.
  • Idaho mining takes a back seat to recreational activities.
  • INL team is developing the power to travel to Mars and beyond.

Utah’s Republican Gov. Gary Herbert’s request for the Trump administration to rollback restrictions on 4 million acres of national forest land in his state has environmentalists raising flags that it could spur a wave of states in the region to follow suit.

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It’s not the first time the public has had a chance to share their opinions on sage grouse conservation, and it probably won’t be the last.

 

Vicki Christiansen was sworn in this morning as Chief of the U.S. Forest Service. She’s only the second female to serve in this role in its 113-year history.

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President Trump’s pick to oversee the Forest Service went before a Senate committee Tuesday.

 


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In Idaho, wildfire season is approaching as hotter temperatures dry out what-is-now green undergrowth. At the same time, Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson is trying to get his Washington D.C. colleagues on board with a new way to pay for fighting those fires.

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Federal officials have started an environmental analysis of a Canadian company's proposal for three open-pit gold mines in central Idaho.

The U.S. Forest Service said Monday it's preparing an Environmental Impact Statement for a plan by Midas Gold Corp. to unearth what it says are an estimated 4 million ounces of gold.

Company officials say the 20-year project about 3 miles east of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness would generate 1,000 well-paying jobs and save taxpayers money by cleaning up past mining activities.