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Beavers were nearly wiped out in the Northwest a century ago. (Yellowstone National Park/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – For Idaho and other parts of the West to fight drought and arid conditions, taking a cue from beavers might help. Thought to be a nuisance by some landowners, researchers are finding the dams that beavers build on creeks and rivers actually help restore them. Researchers des

Members of a refugee stewardship program will help restore Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve, a wetland that flows into the Boise River. (Liz Paul/Boise River Enhancement Network)

BOISE, Idaho – A program in Idaho plans to train a new group of conservationists: refugees. The Boise River Enhancement Network, through its multicultural stewardship program, is partnering with the Idaho Office for Refugees to reach out to recent immigrants and introduce them to outdoor act

A new report finds some water treatment plants may be polluting the waters Idahoans swim and play in. (Joe Nuxoll/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – The vast majority of Idaho sewage treatment plants need to clean up their act to ensure clean water for Idahoans and the environment, according to a new report. The Idaho Conservation League report shows wastewater treatment plants in the state racked up more than 1,700 violat

Idaho's trust lands generated nearly $100 million last year, with much of the money going to support public schools. (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – A new map from the Idaho Department of Lands shows nearly all of the state's trust lands are open for recreation. In response to a measure that ultimately failed during the 2017 legislative session, House Concurrent Resolution 20, the department unveiled a map revealing 2.3 mi

Craters of the Moon National Monument was originally designated in 1924. It was expanded in 2000. (BLM/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Public lands advocates from Idaho and around the country are in Washington Thursday to tell policymakers not to make changes to the country's national monuments, including Idaho's Craters of the Moon. The Interior Department is reviewing 27 monuments that have been designated

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve was first designated in 1924 and expanded in 2000 to include three main lava fields. (Bureau of Land Management/Flickr)

KETCHUM, Idaho – Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is under review by the Interior Department, and now members of the public are expressing their views about Craters and other monuments. More than 85,000 comments have poured in since the public comment period began less than t

Climate change could increase fires in Idaho, which in turn would threaten the state's natural resources. (Lance Cheung/USDA)

BOISE, Idaho – Unable to get an informational hearing on climate change's impact on Idaho in the Legislature, State Rep. Ilana Rubel is taking the issue to the people. Rubel holds a forum today at the Idaho State Capitol to address the effects that climate change is having on the state. She

Thousands of Idahoans rallied in Boise on Saturday to support public lands. (Nathan Field)

BOISE, Idaho - Outdoor enthusiasts rallied on Saturday at the Idaho state Capitol in support of public lands. A broad coalition of hunters, hikers, conservationists, bikers and more came to the steps of the Capitol to listen to speakers on the importance of public lands and keeping them out of priv

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