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December 17, 2014
forest, © Lindsay Kaun

The Lakeview Stewardship Group, a Lake County group formed 16 years ago to work for forest restoration projects on the Fremont-Winema National Forest, received the 2014 Meeting America’s Needs Award from Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell.

December 12, 2014
Gray Wolf, © Fred C. Bicksler

Shoot a wolf, kill a cow? That’s the counterintuitive outcome of a look at 25 years of wolf management statistics in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming by a Washington researcher wondering how wolf populations might affect his state.

December 10, 2014

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Dec. 9 announced the red knot is now protected as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. “The eastern Red Knot is a magnificent bird in steep decline,” said Audubon vice president Mike Daulton. “It needs our help, and Audubon supports today’s listing. Human activities have pushed this shorebird to the brink, but we know that we can make a difference if we act now.”

December 3, 2014
Sage-grouse, © Tatiana Gettelman

Major environmental groups are torn over a massive package of parks, wilderness and development bills that has been attached to the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill, a bipartisan, bicameral measure that appears poised to pass Congress.

December 2, 2014
Wolf, © Larry Travis

Anti-wildlife Idaho residents won’t get a chance to slaughter predators in a government-sanctioned event this year, as the Bureau of Land Management has decided to cancel a permit for a so-called predator derby that was scheduled to be held on public lands near Salmon in January. The event would have offered prizes in a contest to kill the most wolves, coyotes, and other species over three days every year for five years, beginning Jan. 2, 2015.

November 21, 2014

Saying the project “would not be in the public interest,” the Bureau of Land Management on Thursday denied a Spanish company's application for a controversial wind and solar farm in the Silurian Valley. The closely watched decision is considered a test for how the federal agency will handle future requests to build renewable energy projects outside established development areas.

November 19, 2014
Wolf, © Larry Travis

The fight over a predator-killing contest scheduled to take place around Salmon, Idaho, in January isn’t over yet. On Thursday, Nov. 13, the BLM approved a five-year permit to conduct a predator derby there each winter. Almost immediately, two coalitions of conservation groups each filed a lawsuit in federal court.

November 18, 2014

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold a public hearing in Redding on its proposal to protect the West Coast population of fisher as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The hearing will be held Monday at the Red Lion Inn, 1830 Hilltop Drive from 6 to 8 p.m. Fishers have been part of forests of the Pacific states for thousands of years, but they have virtually disappeared from much of Washington, Oregon and California.

November 17, 2014

Pearl Yellow Hawk spent hours in the minus 13-degree sunshine watching bison burst one by one out of semi-trailers and into their new home. “My grandparents lived to see them go,” the 86-year-old Dakota Sioux woman said. “In 1883, more than 300 Assiniboine starved to death at Wolf Point after the bison were all killed. My grandmother lived through that. I’m glad the buffalo are back here again.”

November 14, 2014
Bison, © Walter Novak

A group of Yellowstone National Park bison is due to finally arrive at a permanent home on a northeastern Montana American Indian reservation on Thursday, almost a decade after they were captured and spared from slaughter. About 100 of the 138 animals were loaded onto trucks late Wednesday to travel overnight to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, home to the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes.