Idaho

Conservationists Fight Timber Industry’s Lawsuit Seeking To Limit Role Of Science In Public Lands Management (press release 9.10.12)

9/10/2012
The non-profit organizations join the lawsuit to preserve the U.S. Forest Service’s rules that utilize science to sustainably manage our public lands and protect clean water, clean air and wildlife.

The Western Environmental Law Center, on behalf of Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center and Oregon Wild, filed a motion today in federal district Court in Washington D.C. to fight a lawsuit that aims to drastically limit the use of science to help manage our national forests.

Commissioner get wrap up on MSTI review project

8/22/2012

VIRGINIA CITY – At their regular meeting on Tuesday the Madison County Commissioners met with representatives from the Mountain States Transmission Intertie Review Project to receive final project reports and discuss their experience with and interpretation of the review process.

Conservationists Sue to Protect Idaho Roadless Area (press release 7.3.12)

7/31/2012
U.S. Forest Service approves plan to create ATV trail that will harm a fragile ecosystem and imperiled Yellowstone cutthroat trout

In an effort to protect highly sensitive forest lands, streams and fisheries in southwest Greater Yellowstone from the detrimental impacts of an off-road vehicle trail, the Greater Yellowstone Coalition - represented by Western Environmental Law Center - filed suit today against the U.S. Forest Service.

Group sues to keep ATV trail out of forest

A nonprofit membership organization focused on protecting lands, waters and wildlife has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service in an effort to stop the construction of an ATV trail in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest.

VICTORY SETS STAGE TO RESTORE HEALTH OF THE SAWTOOTH NATIONAL FOREST

2/22/2012
Federal Court Rules that U.S. Forest Service’s Designation of 1,196-mile ATV and Dirt Bike Route Network Unlawfully Harms Wildlife and Water Quality

The U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho has told the U.S. Forest Service to reconsider its 2008 designation of 1,196-miles of roads and trails on the Sawtooth National Forest’s Minidoka Ranger District for use by recreational all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes. In a detailed 44-page decision issued yesterday, Judge Edward J.

MSTI project to undergo review

9/19/2011

Two Montana counties and five local non-governmental organizations have announced they will conduct an independent review of NorthWestern Energy's Mountain States Transmission Intertie (MSTI) project.

The review will evaluate impacts and use a modeling process to analyze unbiased policy data, scientific data and community values. This process also assesses the economic impacts of the project to each county. Organizers of the third-party review process will be inviting all counties throughout the MSTI project area to participate.

Proposed power line to be reviewed by counties

9/20/2011

Two Montana counties and several organizations will spend six months studying a 345-mile power line NorthWestern Energy wants to build between Townsend and Idaho.

The review group includes Madison and Jefferson counties, the Western Environmental Law Center, Headwaters Economics, the Sonoran Institute, the Craighead Institute and Future West.

WELC Launches MSTI Review Project in Montana & Idaho (press release)

9/19/2011
Montana counties and NGO's join forces to independently review the need for the transmission line, identify corridors, and conduct an economic analysis.

Two Montana counties and five local non-governmental organizations today launched an independent review to better evaluate the possible effects of the Mountain States Transmission Intertie (MSTI) line on local communities in Montana and Idaho. The MSTI Review Project believes that it is essential to work together to protect rural lifestyles, private property, and the natural environment.

Battle Over Mont. Transmission Line Stymies Wind Development

8/24/2011

Coverage in the New York Times of the Mountain States Transmission Intertie project.  WELC is working to ensure the planned route for a new 430-mile clean energy transmission line balances needs of wildlife and communities.  WELC is providing unbiased policy and scientific data in a transparent process where competing interests can be discussed and reconciled.

"Now, environmental groups including the Western Environmental Law Center are beginning to reach out to counties to offer assistance evaluating potential transmission routes.

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