Idaho Falls Citizen Journalism

Federal & Idaho

U.S. Senator Jim Risch today called on the Forest Service to increase timber harvest to protect forests from catastrophic wildfire during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on wildland fire management. Risch, as a member of the committee, directed his remarks to Tom Tidwell, Chief of the U.S. Forest Service and other agency representatives.
On Tuesday, May 14th, fifty-four Pioneer Elementary second graders from Mrs. Wilkins and Mrs. Miller’s classes spent the afternoon with the Salmon-Challis National Forest and Salmon Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) employees at the 14th annual Kids Day in Salmon. There were three stops, with multiple presentations
In his opening statement, Simpson commended BLM, which is working to meet a court-imposed listing deadline, for its efforts on sage-grouse conservation. “That being said,” he continued, “I want to make sure this investment will actually improve sage-grouse habitat and prevent the species from being listed in 2015, which would be devastating across the west. Now more than ever we need to see a return on this investment, not just wasting this funding on planning exercises that don’t help us reach our goal.”

The United States is fast approaching a deadline to revamp a major treaty with Canada over the Northwest's largest river. The Columbia River Treaty plays a large part in how water resources and projects are managed in the Northwest. Experts say changes to how the river is managed could impact water resources throughout Idaho.

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