Legislators Use National Crisis to Undermine Public Lands

By Eric Oliver, Conservation Fellow Last week Idaho’s legislature finally adjourned. As the national coronavirus crisis mounted, many lawmakers expressed frustration that the legislative session didn’t conclude earlier. But others saw a different opportunity in the crisis — a chance to push forward unpopular bills, knowing that everyday Idahoans were mandated to stay at home,…

10 Conservation Takeaways from the 2020 Western States Survey

Each year, Colorado College surveys voters in 8 western states (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming) about conservation-related issues. The tenth annual poll showed that “voters in the Mountain West are calling for an aggressive agenda to protect more public lands in the face of threats from climate change impacts and…

Legislators: Protect Public Lands for Future Users

By Eric Oliver, Conservation Fellow Originally Published in the Idaho Press, Feb. 19, 2020 Take Action: Protect Public Lands For many of us, Idaho is defined by the vast swaths of public lands that form the foundation of our outdoor way of life. These open spaces provide opportunities for recreation and exploration; they’re the stage…

Living In Your Own Electric Idaho

Last year, Governor Little proclaimed that February 14th, 2019 would be Electric Vehicle Day, stating “electric vehicles are the future of transportation — both in Idaho and throughout the nation.” On the anniversary of EV Day, we wanted to give an update on what’s happened with electric vehicles in Idaho since then. REV West: EV…

Idaho Senate Takes Up Public Access Protection Act

The Public Access Protection Act provides a civil remedy for the illegal obstruction of public land access. By Eric Oliver, Conservation Fellow If you’re like most public land lovers in Idaho, these days you’ve probably heard a thing or two about access. Access is easy enough to understand in theory: in order to enjoy our…