Conservation Priorities for the 2020 Idaho Legislative Session
Protect Public Lands & Support Idaho’s Growing Outdoor Recreation Economy
Idaho’s 34.5 million acres of national public lands are our natural inheritance, treasured for their access to recreation, hunting, fishing as well as their importance to local economies. Living in Idaho means camping trips to the woods, having clean air and water for our families, spending time with friends on a hunting trip, skiing at area resorts, biking and hiking in our state parks, and countless other ways to enjoy the outdoors. These experiences connect us and make the Idaho way of life unique.
Protect and Invest in Idaho’s Clean Water, Healthy Forests, and Wildlife
Idaho’s natural resources are its biggest economic asset – an asset which needs to be invested in and protected. Idaho’s economy simply cannot flourish without clean water, healthy lands, and thriving fish and wildlife. From semiconductors to hydropower, from the smallest farmers to its diverse agribusinesses, key drivers of Idaho’s economy need abundant, clean water and healthy lands. The natural infrastructure is just as important as the built infrastructure of transportation and energy networks and safeguarding our water, air and natural places protect what it means to be an Idahoan.
Securing Idaho’s Clean Energy Future
Idaho is flush with clean, renewable energy resource potential; including solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, and biomass. However, Idaho’s high capacity for renewable energy production has not yet been realized due to regulatory barriers and lack of political will. With clean energy costs competitive with fossil fuels right now, the barriers to a clean energy future are no longer technical or economic; they’re political. Idaho needs state and local policies that expand renewable energy and gives Idahoans the ability to power their homes with clean, local energy and fuel their vehicles with wind and solar power.
Healthy Families and Communities
Every day we are unknowingly exposed to toxic chemicals. These dangerous substances are in the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, and the products we use. Scientific evidence has linked chemical exposure to increasing numbers of health problems, including asthma, certain types of cancer, infertility, learning disabilities, neurological diseases, obesity, and more.
Create a More Balanced Transportation System
Transportation directly affects the water we drink, the air we breathe, and the safety of Idahoans as they travel throughout the state. Access to more diverse transportation options, including bike routes, pedestrian paths, and public transportation would be safer for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and give Idahoans more affordable travel options.
Make Voting Easy & Accessible and Ensure Elections are Fair & Transparent
In order to create a healthy democracy, everyone must have equitable access to the ballot box. While there is no one size fits all solution to our democratic deficits, our commitment is to create a long-term, sustainable effort to engage and empower underrepresented communities here in Idaho. The fight for our natural resources and quality of life is intrinsically intertwined with a strong and resilient democracy.