Letters from the West
Posted by Rocky Barker on December 18, 2014
Nearly 20 years after wolves were released at Corn Creek in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, the Center for Biological Diversity filed a petition Thursday asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to develop a new rule to reintroduce grizzly bears to the Selway-Bitterroot ecosystem in central Idaho and western Montana.
The petition comes as the service is pondering delisting grizzly bears in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem in 2015. It comes also after the Idaho Department of Fish and Game went on record saying it did not want grizzly bears in the central Idaho wilderness areas.
The Center and its Idaho attorney Andrea Santarsiere, who lives in Victor, wants the agency to bring back from the scrapheap a plan it had in 1996 and in 2000 to reintroduce the great bear to the place it was eliminated in the 1950s. The Bush Administration killed the plan after Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, who would go on to become Interior secretary, said he did not want “massive, flesh-eating carnivores” reintroduced into his state.
Posted by Rocky Barker on December 17, 2014
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Wednesday a rider to the Cromnibus spending bill that prevents final listing in 2015 won't stop her agencies efforts to complete federal land plans to protect grouse.
Posted by Rocky Barker on December 15, 2014
Idaho Power decided not to leave the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance after all, in part because it gets to opt out of programs it says its customers don't get enough benefits from.
Posted by Rocky Barker on December 9, 2014
Climate scientist Philip Mote tells Idaho Environmental Forum of Idaho's risks from climate change.
Posted by Rocky Barker on December 5, 2014
Mining companies and other Nevada groups filed a lawsuit to challenge a settlement that requires the Obama Administration to make a decision on sage grouse listing in 2015.
Posted by Rocky Barker on December 4, 2014
A defense bill Congress must pass before it goes home for the holidays includes a provision allowing automatic renewal of grazing permits.
Posted by Rocky Barker on December 3, 2014
Philip Mote will discuss the the effects of human-caused climate change on Washington, Oregon, and Idaho at the Idaho Environmental Forum Monday.