Idaho Environmental Forum

The Idaho Environmental Forum is an informal, nonprofit, nonpartisan, educational association whose sole mission is to promote serious, cordial, and productive discourse on a broad range of environmental policies affecting Idaho.

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Operating as usual

05/27/2021

Before you head out for the Memorial Day weekend, make sure to check out our latest Forum Short: RECREATION IN THE AGE OF COVID-19.

IEF Board Member Tim Murphy looks back at the 2020 summer recreation season and forward to what land managers expect in 2021 with Danelle Highfill (Boise National Forest), Fred Noland (Idaho Power), and Tanya Thrift (BLM Boise District).

https://youtu.be/VruB_hMTUZY

04/22/2021

If you couldn't join us for our first lunch forum in more than a year, the full event recording is now available on the IEF Lunch Forum page. Find the link to the full presentation from The Nature Conservancy and American Farm Bureau, as well as the time stamps for event highlights and questions from attendees.
https://www.idahoenvironmentalforum.org/forums-farmingcarbon040221

If you couldn't join us for our first lunch forum in more than a year, the full event recording is now available on the IEF Lunch Forum page. Find the link to the full presentation from The Nature Conservancy and American Farm Bureau, as well as the time stamps for event highlights and questions from attendees.
https://www.idahoenvironmentalforum.org/forums-farmingcarbon040221

FARMING CARBON: A Virtual Lunch Forum TEASER 03/15/2021

FARMING CARBON: A Virtual Lunch Forum TEASER

Check out the video teaser for our upcoming Virtual Lunch Forum on April 2nd!
https://youtu.be/lI_zSrHkrNE

FARMING CARBON: A Virtual Lunch Forum TEASER IEF board members Brandy Wilson, Mike Murray, & Braden Jensen introduce the topic for an IEF Virtual Lunch Forum on April 2, 2021: The Food and Agriculture C...

03/12/2021

WE'RE BACK!

Join us for our first Lunch Forum in more than a year with a special virtual event:
https://www.idahoenvironmentalforum.org/lunch-forums

WE'RE BACK!

Join us for our first Lunch Forum in more than a year with a special virtual event:
https://www.idahoenvironmentalforum.org/lunch-forums

Forum Short 002: From Idaho to Mars 02/24/2021

Forum Short 002: From Idaho to Mars

As NASA's rover Perseverance explores Mars, let's take a look back at one of our first Forum Shorts from June, 2020:
https://youtu.be/f1R0ZeQMfCY

Forum Short 002: From Idaho to Mars IEF Board Member Elli Brown discusses Idaho's history with NASA and space exploration via the work conducted at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and looks...

IEF Legislative Week, Thursday 1/21: LIVE Virtual Press Perspective 01/23/2021

IEF Legislative Week, Thursday 1/21: LIVE Virtual Press Perspective

Legislative Week wrapped up Thursday with the traditional Press Perspective, which was IEF's first-ever LIVE virtual event. There was a lot covered by our media panel, and you can tune into the recording now: https://youtu.be/IrhVqHqh5oI.

A special thanks to our event sponsor The Langdon Group!

And visit our website idahoenvironmentalforum.org to watch all of our special edition Forum Shorts for Legislative Week!

IEF Legislative Week, Thursday 1/21: LIVE Virtual Press Perspective IEF Board Member Andy Brunelle keeps with IEF tradition by wrapping up Legislative Week with the a LIVE Virtual Press Perspective.

Idaho Environmental Forum - Home 01/21/2021

Idaho Environmental Forum - Home

Join RIGHT NOW to catch the second half of our live zoom moderated by Rocky Barker and featuring Press Panelists Nicole Blanchard, Eric Barker and Keith Ridler!

https://www.idahoenvironmentalforum.org/?fbclid=IwAR0BgY0QZb9Kdaj2ol4FYYzx3FpS7ESYKc6ERj2dT4BY9wLqgZ_lhd4fF4c

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IEF Legislative Week, Wednesday 1/20: Governor's Salmon Workgroup Report 01/20/2021

IEF Legislative Week, Wednesday 1/20: Governor's Salmon Workgroup Report

Today's special edition of Forum Shorts for IEF Legislative Week focuses on an IEF member suggestion! Thank You!
https://youtu.be/t9G546_fxbY

Make sure to register for tomorrow's LIVE Virtual Press Perspective at 4:00pm! Register now at idahoenvironmentalforum.org.

IEF Legislative Week, Wednesday 1/20: Governor's Salmon Workgroup Report IEF Board Member Braden Jensen discusses the recently released policy recommendations from the Governor's Salmon Workgroup with members of the group and the ...

IEF Legislative Week, Tuesday 1/19: Governor Little Addresses IEF 01/19/2021

IEF Legislative Week, Tuesday 1/19: Governor Little Addresses IEF

IEF Legislative Week continues with another special edition of our Forum Shorts: https://youtu.be/6A3y6maVwTQ.

We will have another segment tomorrow before hosting our first-ever LIVE Virtual Press Perspective on Thursday at 4:00pm. Register now at idahoenvironmentalforum.org!

IEF Legislative Week, Tuesday 1/19: Governor Little Addresses IEF IEF Board Member Braden Jensen welcomes Governor Brad Little to address the IEF community about the environmental issues currently affecting Idaho.

IEF Legislative Week, Monday 1/18: Session Forecast with the Speaker 01/18/2021

IEF Legislative Week, Monday 1/18: Session Forecast with the Speaker

Welcome to the IEF Legislative Week!

Enjoy a new segment of our Forum Shorts project on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, and join us for our first-ever LIVE Virtual Press Perspective on Thursday at 4:00pm (register online at idahoenvironmentalforum.org).

Enjoy our first segment: https://youtu.be/gP7k93Ok2uA

IEF Legislative Week, Monday 1/18: Session Forecast with the Speaker An IEF Forum Shorts Special Edition: Legislative Week #1IEF Board Member Jen Visser sits down with Idaho Speaker Scott Bedke for a forecast of the 2021 Idah...

Forum Short 006: The Great American Outdoors Act 01/16/2021

Forum Short 006: The Great American Outdoors Act

Check out IEF's newest Forum Short on the Great American Outdoors Act!

If you haven't already, please make sure to JOIN our new website The Fresh IEF to continue receiving important information on Idaho's environment!

https://youtu.be/bSsU3gMkE4w

Forum Short 006: The Great American Outdoors Act IEF Board Member Andy Brunelle discusses the effects the Great American Outdoors Act will have on public lands with The Nature Conservancy's Kari Kostka and ...

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Forum Short 005: Boise's New Climate Action Division

Check out IEF's newest Forum Short on Boise's New Climate Action Division!

If you haven't already, please make sure to JOIN our new website The Fresh IEF to continue receiving important information on Idaho's environment!

youtube.com IEF Board Member Marie Calloway Kellner discusses the City of Boise's plans to take action addressing climate change with the city's recently named Climate A...

10/27/2020

Welcome to The Fresh IEF!

Some time has passed since we've been able to meet in person for an Idaho Environmental Forum, but during that time, we have kept busy!

IEF is excited to launch a New Look, New Logo, & New Website, which we hope you will find not only easier on the eye, but more user-friendly when attending events and contacting us.

The Fresh IEF website includes traditional content, such as event information for our lunch forums, while also introducing new content from our FORUM SHORTS and MORE pages.

It's been more than 30 YEARS since our first lunch forum in 1989, and IEF is in need of identifying who its members/subscribers are today. To do this, we ask that you take a few minutes to JOIN IEF by creating a new member profile. Using our new website as a member will allow you to set a login and password to edit your contact information as needed, view your past and upcoming forum attendance, and access your event and/or donation receipt history. Please be assured that the information you enter will only be used by IEF.

Can you spare a few minutes to continue your involvement with the Idaho Environmental Forum?

Join Now at www.idahoenvironmentalforum.org!

10/27/2020

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10/27/2020

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Forum Short 004: Latina Farmworker Well-being

Greetings IEF fans! Please check out the most recent in the IEF's covid era Forum Shorts series: a deep dive from Boise State researchers into Idaho's Latina farmworker well-being.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J45m_MMOx7g&feature=youtu.be

youtube.com IEF Board Member Jen Schneider is joined by faculty and a PhD student from Boise State University about a recent research report on the well-being of Latina ...

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Introducing IEF Forum Shorts! Episode 001: Idaho Agriculture & COVID-19

Greetings, IEF Friends! In light of the pandemic, IEF has moved things online until we can safely gather in person. Without further adieu, please enjoy the first of an unknown number of IEF Forum Shorts. A 15 minute deep dive into the effects of COVID-19 on Idaho's agricultural industry. BIG thanks to all IEF sponsors, as their support makes this series possible!

http://idahoenvironmentalforum.org/?body=forum_shorts

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IEF Pays Tribute to Dr. John Freemuth

An IEF remembrance of our colleague John Freemuth. https://mailchi.mp/fd3d8557e050/ief-pays-tribute-to-dr-john-freemuth?e=f9d252ef78

mailchi.mp The Idaho Environmental Forum (IEF) community lost a dear friend, colleague, and regular forum participant, Dr. John Freemuth, who passed away on May 2nd.  Dr. Freemuth served as the Cecil D. Andrus endowed chair for Environment and Public Lands at Boise State, and as most of you know, was a trust...

10/21/2019

Thanks to our speakers and all who came out for today's forum! (and thanks to ICL for the picture ;))

Idaho Environmental Forum's "Changing of the Guard: New Conservation Leadership in Idaho" brought together three new EDs. From right to left - Idaho Conservation League's Justin Hayes, The Nature Conservancy's Mark Menlove, OSC's Scott Pugrud, and Idaho Rivers United's Nic Nelson.

09/18/2019

Even though this release from the Boise State PR department is written in past tense you still have until noon today (Wednesday) to register for the luncheon program that will be this Friday. http://www.idahoenvironmentalforum.org/?body=upcoming_sessions

08/26/2019

Wyoming Migration Initiative

Last March we had a program of wildlife migration. Check out this excellent video from University of Oregon showing the migration of deer through Wyoming, almost to Island Park, Idaho.

WORLD RECORD DEER MIGRATION VISUALIZED IN 3D FOR THE FIRST TIME
Our cartography team at the University of Oregon InfoGraphics Lab has created a 3D visualization to show the challenges of that Deer 255 faces in her migration. The animation also reveals how people have acted to conserve the Red Desert to Hoback migration corridor.

Here’s the backstory: In 2016, our team of University of Wyoming biologists discovered a record-breaking mule deer in Wyoming. A collared doe migrated from southwest Wyoming to eastern Idaho, 242 miles, one-way.

We lost track of her in fall 2016 due to a GPS collar malfunction, but then by chance we found her again in winter 2018. She completed two migrations last year, and this spring made the same journey again.

This route is used by about 1,000 mule deer, but most of them stop after 150 miles. Deer 255 is the only deer we know of that goes so far. She's slightly larger than average, but what makes her amazing is her knowledge of such a vast migration route, from the deserts of Wyoming, to the forests of Idaho.

In all likelihood, she learned this route from her mother, who inherited it from past generations of deer that optimized their migrations to exploit the resources of the landscape — and survived because of it.

To have such a migration still exist today is a testament to the conservation of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, and many land managers including private property owners and ranchers, the Bureau of Land Management - Wyoming, U.S. Forest Service-Bridger-Teton National Forest, U.S. Forest Service - Caribou-Targhee National Forest, Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park.

Deer 255 continues to surprise us. Watch to the end to see what she did this year, a move that defies the norm for mule deer behavior.

If you like this film, please share to spread the word about Wyoming’s amazing migrations.

You can read about 255's journey here: https://www.hcn.org/issues/50.14/wildlife-the-long-strange-trip-of-deer-255

Watch this video on the web:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPVafMpBj2g

CARTOGRAPHY BY:
Department of Geography, University of Oregon InfoGraphics Lab

MIGRATION VIDEOS:
© Joe Riis

SUMMER RANGE VIDEO:
Gregory Nickerson/WMI

Thanks to all our partners and funders:
Wyoming Game and Fish Department
Safari Club International Foundation
Muley Fanatic Foundation
10 Country Chapter of The Muley Fanatic Foundation
Muley Fanatic Foundation, Southwest Wyoming Chapter
https://www.facebook.com/Muley-Fanatic-Foundation-Upper-Green-Chapter-593582117727214/
USGS Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units
Teton Conservation District
The Pew Charitable Trusts
National Science Foundation (NSF)
University of Wyoming Zoology & Physiology Department
Knobloch Family Foundation
George B. Storer Foundation
Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative
Wyoming Governors Big Game License Coalition
Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

For more on migratory big game and the region, visit:

MeatEater
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Wyoming Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Mule Deer Foundation
Wyoming Muleys
BLM Wild
Wyoming Office of Tourism
Visit Pinedale
Visit Jackson Hole
Sweetwater County Travel & Tourism
Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation
Idaho Fish and Game (IDFG)
Henrys Fork Wildlife Alliance
Muley Crazy
MuleyMadness
Right To Roam
WYDOT Teton County
The Conservation Fund

08/15/2019

Check out the chart which might make more interesting this August 21 IEF program item: "2:50 - 3:30 pm - Barber Dam Hydroelectric Project Relicensing: A look back and what's coming"

08/13/2019

Our August 21 event takes place on the 30th anniversary of our first event, featuring Governor Cecil D. Andrus! Here is the first snippet of what he had to say that day.

08/06/2019

IEF turns 30 on August 21 and we've revived the Boise River Conference, Float & Picnic in celebration! Register today via the link on our event page. See you there!

07/30/2019

Trading Pollution for Cleaner Water: A Boise River Water Quality Forum

DEADLINE FOR LUNCH REGISTRATION HAS PASSED but listen only walk-ins are still welcome.


DATE
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

TIME
11:45 am - 1:15 pm

LOCATION
The Crystal Ballroom
Hoff Building
802 W. Bannock
Boise, ID

Guest Speakers:
Mary Anne Nelson, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality; Rob Tiedemann, Clean Water Partners LLC; and David Primozich, The Freshwater Trust.

The Boise River is often called the lifeblood of our valley, and for good reason. It provides water for drinking, agriculture, fish, beauty, and endless recreation opportunities.

But who keeps it clean enough to meet all those needs? Does our current regulatory system do enough to ensure it stays as clean as it should be? Can anything be done about water pollution that regulations don’t address?

On Tuesday, July 30, we’ll welcome Mary Anne Nelson with the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, Rob Tiedemann with Clean Water Partners LLC, and Christy Meyer with The Freshwater Trust for a discussion of Idaho’s traditional water quality regulatory framework and the innovative ways that Clean Water Partners, The Freshwater Trust and others propose to create and trade pollution credits.


Forum Chair - Marie Kellner

Moderator - Andy Brunelle

(photo of Mason Creek confluence from Lower Boise Watershed Council)

[06/06/19]   We’ve got several forums in the hopper, including a revival of the annual Boise River Conference and Float on Wednesday, August 21. Save the date!

[05/07/19]   Save the date! Wednesday, May 22 for the next IEF luncheon: the recently appointed state directors of Dep't of Fish & Game, Dep't of Lands and the Office of Species Conservation will share their agency visions. Details and registration coming soon!

03/26/2019

Today’s forum. Greg Servheen of Idaho Department of Fish and Game answers audience question moderated by IEF board member Mike Murray. Great program on wildlife migration!

[01/30/19]   Is #throwbackWednesday a thing? Two weeks ago today IEF's Legislative Forecast ran up against time and a 5 Minute Hot Topic was nixed. To that end, please find IEF Board member and Idaho Soil & Water Conservation Commission Administrator Teri Murrison's 5 minute explanation of Good Neighbor Authority below. Thanks, Teri!

Good Neighbors Getting Better: the Good Neighbor Authority in Idaho

Harry Truman said “…in order to have good neighbors, we have to be good neighbors...” Federal forests in Idaho and elsewhere are overgrown. The United States Forest Service (USFS) doesn’t have the staff or budget to accomplish a fraction of the work that needs to be done. Protracted drought has led to serious disease and insect infestation. Tight federal budgets, changing goals and policies, and litigation have contributed to a significant loss of traditional socioeconomic value and forest management infrastructure.

In the last decade, Idaho has seen a sharp increase in catastrophic wildfires. The USFS says that of its 12.6M acres of federal forests suitable for management in Idaho, 8.8 million acres need proactive treatment. 6.1 million acres have been identified for treatment within Idaho’s Landscape Treatment Area designation under the 2014 Farm Bill.

The Good Neighbor Authority (GNA), enacted in the Farm Bill, is state and federal governments working together on federal land to meet mutually beneficial management and socioeconomic goals. The Idaho GNA’s goal is to increase the pace and scale of forest and watershed restoration on federal land – USFS and BLM – and generate jobs. A rangeland GNA is developing.

GNA operates under existing federal environmental law while expanding land management capacity. It follows the all lands, cross-boundary priorities of dealing with fire risk, eradicating invasive species, protecting water quality, and increasing the supply of wood products. The USFS retains decision-making authority and allows IDL to administer federal timber sale and service contracts that restore forest and watershed health.

Idaho’s GNA will be sustainable– revenue from timber sales is plowed back into the program to fund more work. To start, IDL got several million dollars from the USFS in grants and other funds. The Legislature kicked in $250k a year, and the forest products industry pledged another million over 3-5 years. This allowed the program to hire employees and begin work.

The State signed a Master Agreement with the USFS covering all seven Idaho national forests. Four Supplemental Project Agreements on the Boise, Idaho Panhandle, Nez Perce-Clearwater, and Payette Forests are in place. So far, IDL has initiated 12 active GNA projects with timber removal which will treat approximately 7,338 acres and yield more than 60 million board feet. To date, 4 timber sale projects have been sold and are expected to generate over $6.7 million in program receipts.
IDL has also awarded 29 service contracts to the private sector to assist the Forests with environmental planning, monitoring, and project field work. The private sector is also being contracted to do a variety of restoration activities like treatment of noxious weeds, hazard management, and riparian restoration. IDL supports project implementation and the USFS provides mentoring, coordination, sale admin and prep support, and training to the State.

But though the neighbors are working hard to mitigate fire and restore the forests, current efforts will fall far short of what’s needed. Treating 6.1M acres is a huge lift. In 2018 between both agencies, over 80k acres of hazardous fuels were treated, up from just over 50,000 in 2015, and more than 325 miles of stream habitat were improved. Much more work is needed.

Congress’ 2018 Omnibus Spending Package contained a number of important forest management reforms and authorized 20-year forestland collaborative Stewardship contracts. Enhanced GNA authorities also allow IDL to work on USFS roads to do significant maintenance like replacing culverts for better fish passage, and to address issues caused by legacy roads.

Memorializing the signing in December of an outcomes-based strategy for Shared Stewardship Across Landscapes, the Agreement pledges they will together identify landscape-scale priorities for targeted treatments in areas with the highest resource improvement payoffs. State and federal investment decisions will be made with stakeholders to select initial landscape scale projects in existing GNA areas – one North and one South – by April. That will increase the scope and scale of critical forest treatments protecting communities, creating and sustaining jobs, and improving forest health and resiliency. The goal is to double the number of annual acres treated by 2025.

Idaho and the USFS are good neighbors, getting even better. Truman would approve.

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P.O. Box 1683
Boise, ID
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