Letters from the West
Posted by Rocky Barker on October 8, 2015
Using the federal Endangered Species Act as a shield rather than a sword has had some success this year.
The threat of listing brought about an incredible conservation effort by private landowners, 11 states and the federal government to protect sage grouse and a determination it didn’t need listing. On Wednesday the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determined the Southern Idaho ground squirrel, Goose Creek milkvetch, and the Great Basin population of the Columbia spotted frog were dropped from candidate species status.
The southern Idaho ground squirrel has been at a peak in their population cycle for the past several years and are well distributed throughout most of their historical range, which has led to an increase in gene flow among populations, the service said.
Posted by Rocky Barker on October 2, 2015
Firefighters want to protect lives, landowners want to protect homes and property. Changing values conflict at times of stress, but guns don’t help matters.
Posted by Rocky Barker on September 22, 2015
Rebounding population and plans involving 11 states give feds confidence that bird can survive without endangered species status.
Posted by Rocky Barker on September 18, 2015
Many of the plug-in electric vehicles available in Boise today will be on display Sunday at the MK Nature Center for the fifth annual National Drive Electric Week celebration.
Posted by Rocky Barker on September 17, 2015
Oregonians want to protect 2.5 million acres of the remote, awesome desert landscape only two hours away from Boise. They want legislation but a national monument designation could be in the works.