Tag Archives: Idaho

Thumbing-your-nose-at-nature sprawl development

I found this roadside billboard in the sprawl-happy former sagebrush-dominated desert south and west of Boise, Idaho, a few months ago. It reminds me of the bumper-sticker slogan, “Cut down all the trees and name the streets after them.” Welcome to McMansion USA.


Bat researchers in Idaho preparing for onslaught of white-nose fungus

I sit in Vermont, where the killer fungus was first found earlier this century. It has since spread westward and southward. Now Idaho, my home state before my career int he Air Force, is getting ready as this article explains.

In Idaho, voters will be asked to enshrine hunting/fishing in state constitution

One glaring problem with this proposed constitutional amendment is this: It won’t mean a thing if the state and its people do not begin taking steps right now to protect fish and wildlife habitat. Right now, Idaho is losing big chunks of habitat daily thanks to sprawl development in what the media continues calling the “Treasure Valley.” (“Sprawl” is a treasure?). Pennsylvania’s constitution has long had language to the effect that clean air and water etc. are rights of Pennsylvanians.

Bckers of damming Idaho’s Bear River loose their case

Idaho especially does not need another river shackled by a dam. Especially the Bear  River in the state’s southeastern corner. That some irrigators have even been thinking of such a boondoggle is mind boggling, in the extreme.

A state law in Idaho is killing trout in irrigation ditches

I saw this tragedy, in person, in an irrigation ditch running near my mother’s home in suburban Boise, Idaho. This is not a joke.

Forget about industrial park and such, build a walking trail to make life, and town, a better place

That place is Emmett, Idaho, once home to a lumber mill that closed more than a decade ago. The key to making recovery better – and promoting public health – lies in amenities like the new walking trail the burg has just unveiled. Read about Emmett, Idaho, right here. And then ask yourself why your community does not have something similar amidst all the talk about making life better for cars and trucks. Remember this: In most municipalities across the nation, the only “public spaces” of note are the streets. And that’s it. Read what the mayor of Emmett had to say: The bridges connect Emmett’s nearly 6 miles of public walking trails. The bridges are modest, more utilitarian than picturesque. But they mean a lot to the town. They enhance public spaces and encourage people to get outside, said Mayor Bill Butticci.

Here’s proof – again – that we live in a car-centric society

The proof is in the $10 million a company expects to spend on its new showroom/parking lot in Boise, Idaho. You can read about it here. Meanwhile, on a street near you, the roadkill toll mounts. The latest victims: Skunk, raccoon, white-tailed deer, American robin, Northern Cardinal, Black-capped Chickadee, American crow. eastern cottontail, gray squirrel, eastern chipmunk, and on and on and on. And, buckaroos, you can learn a little bit of how roads detgrade and eliminate wildlife habitat by visiting this link.