FLIGHTS: Idaho
Golden Meadows Exploration Project
State: Idaho
Region: South Fork Salmon River
Description: The Golden Meadows Exploration Project was proposed by the Midas Gold Co. of Vancouver, British Columbia. The exploration operation would have required hauling nearly 3,000,000 gallons of fuel over a three-year period. The Idaho Conservation League was concerned that a diesel or chemical spill at the site or along routes to the site would pose a direct threat to water quality and recovering fish species.
Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
State: Idaho, Montana, Wyoming
Region: Northwest Wyoming, Southern Montana and Southeastern Idaho
Description: The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is one of the last remaining large, nearly intact ecosystems in the northern temperate zone of our planet. A 20-million-acre ecosystem requires constant attention to ensure the long-term sustainability of pristine watersheds and abundant wildlife... read more
Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem - Fire
State: Idaho, Montana, Wyoming
Description: Wildfires are naturally occurring agents of disturbance in the region's forests. But hotter and drier conditions and longer fire seasons are already expanding the natural force of wildfire in Greater Yellowstone. In general, wildfires are larger, more numerous, and more destructive than they used to be... read more
Idaho - Boulder-White Clouds Mountain Range
State: Idaho
Description: Located in the Sawtooth and Salmon Challis National Forests, and without a single road to separate them, the Boulder and White Cloud mountain ranges in central Idaho are home to a vast diversity of wildlife species and constitute part of the largest unprotected roadless areas in the contiguous U.S... read more
Idaho - DeLamar Gold
State: Idaho
Region: Airport - Owyhee, Oregon to near Boise, Idaho
Description: The DeLamar Mine is an inactive open pit gold mine. The 2,014-acre site is currently undergoing reclamation. EPA inspectors observed a muddy discharge of water into Cabin Gulch from a clay borrow pit during an inspection in 2009. The water from Cabin Gulch eventually flows into the Owyhee River... read more
Idaho - Pioneer Mountain Range
State: Idaho
Description: The Pioneer Mountains region supports tremendous wildlife populations, large working farms and ranches and a wide diversity of ecosystem types. The vast relatively untouched sagebrush habitat is a stronghold for sage grouse, a refuge for the pygmy rabbit and a key migration corridor for pronghorn antelope... read more
Idaho - Proposed Cumo Mine
State: Idaho
Description: The Boise River provides more than 20% of the drinking water for the city of Boise, helps irrigate over 300,000 acres of farmland and provides outstanding opportunities for recreation, but this clean water source is at risk from a molybdenum mine proposal in its headwaters... read more
Idaho - Salmonstone Campaign
State: Idaho
Region: Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
Description: The goal of the Salmon Headwaters to Greater Yellowstone campaign, or "Salmonstone", is to sustain and enhance landscape connectivity on public lands between the Central Idaho and Greater Yellowstone Ecosystems.  These landscapes each serve as wild refuges for some of the continent's most threatened and rare wildlife, and fish populations.
Idaho - Thompson Creek Mine
State: Idaho
Description: Thompson Creek Molybdenum Mine is Idaho's largest mine at 3,000 acres and is a serious concern for Idahoans who care for Salmon River country. TCM started molybdenum production in 1983 with annual production of 12-18 million pounds. Moly is used to strengthen steel, in lubricants, and for automobile airbags... read more
Idaho, Blackfoot River - Phosphate
State: Idaho
Region: Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
Description: The Blackfoot River valley is part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, home to hundreds of species of wildlife. The region has seen impacts from dozens of phosphate mines, around half of which are Superfund sites. Proper cleanup and halting of future development are essential... read more
Idaho, Boise - Proposed Wind
State: Idaho
Region: Boise
Description: Based on its failure to meet the requirement for comprehensive, ecologically sound, and science-based anaylsis in regards to its location, Western Watersheds Project is protesting the China Mountain Project, a proposed wind farm in the Brown's Bench area of Idaho... read more
Idaho, Boise - Transmission Corridor
State: Idaho
Region: Boise
Description: The federal government has identified public lands in Idaho for renewable energy development and smart grid infrastructure. Recognizing that there are still hidden canyons, wild rivers and pristine plateaus scattered across Idaho, EcoFlight has worked to minimize the potential adverse effects... read more
Wilderness - 50th Anniversary
State: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming
Region: Western United States
Description: This year, 2014, marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act...The 1964 Wilderness Act defines "Wilderness" as an area “...affected primarily by the forces of nature, with the imprint of man's work substantially unnoticeable...where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain...”