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USDA Seeks Public Comments on Conservation Practice Standards (03/11/2019)
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced today it is seeking public input on its existing national conservation practice standards as part of implementing the 2018 Farm Bill. NRCS offers 150-plus conservation practices to America’s farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to help them meet their business and natural resource needs on their working lands. NRCS is requesting public comments on how to improve conservation practice standards that support programs. The comment period ends April 25, 2019. Learn More »
Free Rangeland Analysis Platform Webinar (08/30/2018)
Participate to learn about the Rangeland Analysis Platform (RAP) - a free, online tool that helps landowners and natural resource managers track vegetation through time and plan actions to improve America's grazing lands.
When: Sep 25, 2018 12:00 pm US/Eastern
Length: one hour
Pre-registration not required.
The Rangeland Analysis Platform (RAP) is a free, online tool that helps landowners and natural resource managers track vegetation through time and plan actions to improve America's grazing lands. The RAP can be used to provide strategies to improve productivity of grazing lands, manage weeds, mitigate impacts of wildfire and drought, and benefit wildlife habitats. Learn more abouth the tool here.
This webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. Contact Candy Thomas, Science & Technology Training Library content manager, for more information about this webinar.
NRCS extends Lower Marsh Creek project application deadline to June 22 (05/30/2018)
NRCS Idaho’s field office in Pocatello is leading the project, which will use the Environmental Quality Incentives Program to target water quality concerns along the southeastern Idaho creek. Learn more here.
BONNER COUNTY YOUTH LEARN IMPORTANCE OF WATER QUALITY (05/18/2018)
About 200 other fifth-graders from across Bonner County braved the rain Thursday to learn about water, bugs, fish and other wildlife during the 23rd annual Pend Oreille Water Festival. Learn more here.
Idaho Arrests Two Long-Time Elk Poachers (05/01/2018)
Thanks to a tip phoned into Idaho’s Citizens Against Poaching hotline, Idaho Fish and Game (IDFG) officers have apprehended two long-time elk poachers. Jonathan Blaschka and Charles McCall were charged with poaching elk during multiple seasons spanning September 2016 to September 2017. Both men will lose their hunting privileges, pay thousands of dollars in fines and restitution and serve time in jail, the Idaho State Journal reports. Read more here.
Teamwork Trimming Forest Funding Gap (04/02/2018)
Years of deferred management on national forests in Idaho is slowly being addressed through a partnership between the state, private landowners and the Forest Service. The partnership, called the Good Neighbor Authority (GNA), is responsible for timber sales in the Nez Perce-Clearwater and Panhandle national forests, including two sales set this year near Priest Lake. Learn more here.
Conservation, Timber Come Together for Conference on National Forests (03/20/2018)
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho – A diversity of stakeholders in the West's national forests are coming together for a two-day workshop in Idaho.
The "Resilient Landscapes, Thriving Communities" conference is taking place in Coeur D'Alene today and tomorrow in the spirit of collaboration between conservationists, the timber industry, the U.S. Forest Service and local elected officials. Read more here.
Application Deadline Approaching for NRCS Conservation Easement Program (01/09/2018)
The deadline for the FY2018 Agricultural Conservation Easement Program with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is quickly approaching. The conservation tool helps landowners and partners engage in long-term protection of Idaho's farmland, wetlands and grasslands. The application deadline for ACEP is Feb. 16, 2018. Learn more here.
Western Innovator: Bacteria enlisted to battle cheatgrass (01/02/2018)
Matt Germino, supervisory research ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Boise, ID, is overseeing an innovative research project to use weed-suppressive bacteria to control non-native invasive cheatgrass and medusahead. Continue reading here.
Rancher Conservationist (08/22/2017)
Idaho Ag Today - Every time I turn around I get some memo or email from an agency stressing how important soil and water conservation are to landowners. Idaho rancher Chris Banks says that taking strong conservation measures does not need to be dreary and can add to the bottom line. Listen to the report here.
Sage grouse report expected to have few impacts on local grazing (08/11/2017)
BLM Twin Falls District Manager Mike Courtney says changes to sage-grouse management plans throughout the West directed by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke won’t necessarily affect livestock grazing on the Twin Falls District, which includes BLM-managed land in southern Blaine County. Read on here.
Efforts grow to preserve farmland across the West (06/08/2017)
Capital Press - With development pressure in Idaho’s fast-growing Treasure Valley area picking up, farmland is disappearing rapidly in some areas. Read more here.
NRCS Idaho looking for projects to improve water quality in the Treasure Valley (04/04/2017)
March 31, 2017 – USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service state conservationist for Idaho Curtis Elke has announced a call for applications for a pool of Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds set aside for improving water quality in the Treasure Valley. Applications are due May 5. Learn more here.
USDA offers renewals for expiring conservation contracts (04/03/2017)
TWIN FALLS — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting applications for agricultural producers who want to renew existing Conservation Stewardship Program contracts. Applications are due May 5. Learn more here.
Prairie Falcon Audubon Hosts Presentation (01/24/2017)
TWIN FALLS — Prairie Falcon Audubon will host a program on “Fish, Birds, Bugs and Bats: Highlights from 10 years of conducting wildlife research in Idaho” at 7 p.m. Feb. 2 at the College of Southern Idaho's Shields Building, room 201. Click here to learn more.
Jewell, Hickenlooper nurture “epic collaboration” in $760M western push to save endangered sage grouse (09/22/2016)
The federal government and non-profit partners plan to spend another $360 million to spur states, landowners and developers to save the imperiled greater sage grouse across a Texas-sized area of sagebrush steppe spanning 11 Western states.
Read the full article here.
Disease and beetles threaten thousands of acres at Bogus Basin (09/19/2016)
The combination of dwarf mistletoe disease and bark beetles have threatened thousands of trees in and around Idaho's Boise Nation Forest. These two pests attack trees every year, but "typically they'll kill three to ten trees at a time," said Stephaney Kerley with the Forest Service. "What we're seeing right now is bark beetles are killing pockets of fifty to one hundred trees at a time."
Learn more here.
Conservation in Action Tour (08/18/2016)
The 9th annual Conservation in Action Tour will feature pioneering conservation agriculture practices in Idaho's Treasure Valley. The program begins at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, August 23, with a reception at JUMP in Boise. Learn more about the event and click here to register.
Helmick Family Conserves Vital Habitat For Sage Grouse In Idaho (07/29/2016)
To this multi-generational family, conservation and ranching are one and the same.
“We’ve increased the carrying capacity and grass production, which lets us leave more for the wildlife. Plus, we can run more cows.” -Neil Helmick
Learn how the family implemented voluntary conservation projects in partnership with the Natural Resource Conservation Service-led Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI) to ensure sensitive riparian areas and habitat remained undisturbed by livestock for wildlife and sage grouse during critical brood rearing periods in June and July.
USDA Awards Funds to Expand, Accelerate Wood Energy Products Markets in 19 States (05/16/2016)
May 13, 2016 - The USDA's Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell today announced over $8.5 million to expand and accelerate technologies that promote wood product innovations that also benefit forest health. Read the news release here.