Environmental Protection

Good News You Might Have Missed


In the holiday frenzy and year end wrap up, there was some good news on the conservation front. At least in the legal arena. Here’s a quick recap. Western Watersheds v. BLM. Dwight Hammond and his son Steven Hammond were convicted of committing arson on their grazing allotments back in 2012. Donald Trump subsequently pardoned them and then-Interior…

BLM's Tri-State Fuel Break Proposed Project Area

Dealing with Climate Change: Wildfire Fuel Breaks


It seems increasingly likely that humanity’s inaction in the face of the existential threat of anthropogenic climate change means we are going to have more than than the 2° Celsius of global temperature increase that climatologists regarded as manageable. So, without in any way diminishing the urgency that humanity’s CO2 emissions be reduced, it’s time…

Facebook Comment by Idaho Senate Majority Leader Mike Moyle

The Stupid Is Strong Out There, Folks


Below is a Facebook post by the House Majority Leader for the Idaho State Legislature: Readers are likely a little confused by what point State Representative Moyle may be trying to make, but it seems to involve property taxes and distaste for Democrats. Mostly WC is embarrassed for Idaho and for Rep. Moyle. This is…

California Sea Lions, Scapegoat

Make the Pie Higher


The fiercest fight WC ever witnessed between two grizzly bears was over the nearly meat-free remains of a moose rib cage. There might have only been scraps left, but the two big boars were determined to keep that other bear away. Fighting over scraps. There’s a similar fight over the pitiful remains of the once-epic…

Upper Hulls Gulch Trail, looking east, Autumn 2019

Boise Front Notebook: Geology is Messy


The Boise Front is the local name for the foothills that rise steeply up behind Boise to the southwest side of the Idaho Batholith. It’s a dramatic setting; a wall of steep mountains that appear to go straight up, immediately behind the city. The reality is much more complex.  Boise lies on the northern edge…