Long-billed curlew bird numbers in conservation areas near Boise in Treasure Valley are declining due to poaching says Boise State University scientists. Public outreach and working with BLM and Fish and Wildlife are the key to conservation.
A DNA study of sage grouse has revealed a vast network of mating grounds in the U.S. West akin to interconnected regional airport hubs that the imperiled species is using to maintain genetic diversity across its entire range.
Scott Pruitt, Trump's EPA administrator, visits Boise, Idaho on June 5, 2018, to mark transfer of state pollution discharge program to Idaho Department of Environmental Quality. NPDES permits regulate pollutants in rivers, other water.
Idaho water case - flood control in Boise reservoirs - may cause 2018 Legislature special session, Supreme Court ruling. Irrigators say water is being released downstream early in the season, and being counted against their rights.
Over the next 15 years, Idaho and US government crews will remove western juniper from more than half a million acres in Owyhee County to improve sage grouse, wildlife habitat. Juniper pushes out native sagebrush, which can't compete.
In the next 20 years parts of Idaho may see 5 times as much fire as in past decades, since the great Yellowstone fires of 1988. Some dry forests are not recovering from fire, University of Idaho, Colorado State researchers say.
Barrick Mining, the largest gold miner in the world, buys 20 percent of Midas Gold. The $38 million investment is to get Stibnite mine near McCall, Idaho permitted. Midas would pursue environmental improvements to site mined in the past.
The Idaho Public Utility Commission created a separate customer class for rooftop solar customers, though it said they may be cheaper to serve than normal customers on Idaho Power's grid. Net-metering advocates welcome a planned study.
Wolverines are among the most rare mammals in North America and the first breeding female has been documented south of Interstate 90 in modern times, confirming a comeback in the Cascades for the largest member of the weasel family.
Global warming & Pacific Northwest fish: Salmon, trout anglers will have fewer places to fish over the next 40 years. Scientists at Forest Service's Rocky Mountain Research Station in Boise, Idaho say rivers warmed 1.8 degrees since 1976.
Wildfire disaster funding law, passed by Congress, gives Forest Service the money it needs to reduce the threat of fire to Western communities in the face of longer seasons, warmer summers, drier landscapes and larger burns.
Idaho Republican Sen. Mike Crapo talks May 2, 2018, about a law Congress passed in March on disaster funding for wildfires. Firefighting eats up a growing amount of the Forest Service's budget for many projects, including those to reduce fires.
A bill to protect the Columbia and Snake river dams passed the U.S. House on Wednesday, but now needs Senate support. It would stop increased spill over the dams, which was ordered to possibly help juvenile salmon.
Oil and gas production in Idaho: Questions remain about the size of our fields, play. Communities like Fruitland, Payette seek to protect health, safety and property values. 1 company, Alta Mesa, remains the sole producer in this state.