2020 Legislative Session Wrap-Up

Idaho's 2020 Legislative session proved to be challenging in more ways than one. By Eliza Walton, Legislative Assistant The 2020 legislative session differed in many ways from previous sessions. The combination of a complete administrative rule review process and legislators preparing for the upcoming May primary election was particularly unprecedented but as the coronavirus pandemic…

CVI Announces Permanent Executive Director

Boise, ID – Conservation Voters for Idaho’s board of directors announces their selection of Rialin Flores as the permanent executive director for the organization after conducting an extensive search. “Amid the current challenges facing our community, the CVI board of directors is pleased to share a positive pronouncement for a bright outlook for Idaho’s conservation…

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…