Idaho is an epicenter of smoke activity. Prevailing winds carry smoke from wildfires in California and the Cascades, mixing with local fires. With more fires, climate change, matters are only going to worsen.
A judge rules Idaho officials violated the US Constitution by forcing several landowners to sell their natural gas and oil to a Texas company without giving them a meaningful way to fight the state’s decision.
The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise is the center of the fire fighting world. From this campus, all of the nation’s wildfire efforts are coordinated and the the top scientific information is acted upon.
But many of the regulatory rollbacks that began during Trump EPA chief Scott Pruitt’s tenure — auto emissions, farm pesticides, mining cleanup — worry environmental groups, could have lasting impacts in Idaho, the West.
The federal government has put on hold one of the largest-ever projects to remove juniper trees in Idaho in an effort to help an imperiled species after an appeal by an environmental group seeking to halt the plan.
Hundreds of species of native bees are in decline, not just honeybees, due to loss of habitat and pesticides. Places like the Idaho Botanical Garden and the Garden City Pollinator Habitat are working to provide habitat for wild bees to help
While battling a nearly 100,000-acre fire on Wednesday, a personally-owned drone nearly collided with an Idaho helicopter assigned to the Grassy Ridge Fire in eastern Idaho. All aircraft in the area were grounded.
The intense sunrises and sunsets of the past few weeks are likely from high-altitude smoke that has traveled all the way from fires burning in Siberia. Now that there are more fires in the Treasure Valley, the sunsets are likely to become more muted.
Gov. Otter’s administration is pleased by proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act proposed by the Trump Administration on July 19. Conservationists are concerned that the changes will adversely affect species, making it harder to add to the list and easier to take off.
The Boise Fire Department, with the assistance of the BLM, responded to a 15-acre grass fire was reported in the area of North Bogus Basin Road and North Simplot Lane. The fire is 80 percent contained.
A blue-green algae, also called cyanobacteria, has caused Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation to close a pond in the Eagle Island State Park. The pond will remain closed until the Department of Environmental Quality tests for toxins.
Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little says livestock grazing on Western public lands provides a host of benefits to American taxpayers. Western Watersheds Project’s Erik Molvar suggested it’s a primary cause of environmental damage.
The sounds heard represent salmon in different rivers. The changing sounds allow the listener to visualize how the salmon are migrating. The red and green dots and blue arrow represent change in size with population, something you can hear as well.
Scientists and composers are teaming up to analyze big data sets of chinook salmon migrating in the Snake river by converting that data into music. Changing pitch and timbre can let listeners hear changes in all kinds of data they would otherwise be unable to see.