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.
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.
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.
More than 650 people packed the Lincoln Auditorium and four overload rooms to hear scientists, economists, theologians and business people talk about climate change and its impacts on Idaho.(Rocky Barker)
Ron Abramovich, a hydrologist with Natural Resources Conservation Service snow survey, and a crew take measurements at Bad Bear campground and Mores Creek Summit north of Idaho City. Measuring snow depth and snow weight, they calculate the amount of water in the snowpack and predict — well, lots of things.