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Why should you care about sagebrush?

The Rodney Dangerfield of western plants is usually scorned — when it’s not simply ignored. But with new attention being focused on the fate of the imperiled greater sage grouse, protecting its sagebrush habitat from fire, erosion and development has taken on a new prominence in the West.

Fires

Secretaries Zinke and Perdue visit Idaho

Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue signs a document pledging federal and state cooperation on wildfires with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, left. The two secretaries were in Idaho with Gov. Butch Otter, right, and a group of Hot Shot firefighters behind them Friday, June 2, 2017 at National Interagency Fire Center in Boise.

Fires

Fly over the aftermath of the 2016 Pioneer Fire

Boise County Emergency Management Coordinator John Roberts gets an aerial perspective of the damage caused by the 188,000-acre Pioneer Fire last year northeast of Boise. The Idaho Conservation League helped facilitate the flyover with EcoFlight pilot Bruce Gordon May 26, 2017.

Letters from the West

Saving Idaho’s salmon: Nature again turns against returning fish that already face long odds

The number of spring chinook salmon that have made it from the ocean to the first dam on the Columbia is at a low not seen since the 1990s. Biologists worry that recently abundant salmon runs are at risk again, with changing Pacific ocean conditions, low water in 2015 and other factors. Will salmon return to the brink of extinction, or can steps taken in the past decade sustain fish in the face of a warming climate?

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Why should you care about sagebrush?

The Rodney Dangerfield of western plants is usually scorned — when it’s not simply ignored. But with new attention being focused on the fate of the imperiled greater sage grouse, protecting its sagebrush habitat from fire, erosion and development has taken on a new prominence in the West.
Statesman Staff
Why should you care about sagebrush? 2:40

Why should you care about sagebrush?

Secretaries Zinke and Perdue visit Idaho 2:10

Secretaries Zinke and Perdue visit Idaho

Fly over the aftermath of the 2016 Pioneer Fire 2:10

Fly over the aftermath of the 2016 Pioneer Fire

Camas Prairie Centennial Marsh comes alive 0:47

Camas Prairie Centennial Marsh comes alive