Big Wild Bi-Weekly May 13, 2011

Dear Wildland Activists,

Yes, the time has finally arrived for the whitewater, backpacking and camping gear to come out of the closet and get used. It’s certainly been a cool and wet spring and soon we will make a complete breakthrough. In this issue you will receive important information regarding a mining claim in the Mallard Larkins roadless area, an update on the US 12 mega-load proposal, an action alert to make comments on the US 95 mega-load proposal, the latest development dealing with the delisting of Northern Rocky grey wolves, and some information pertaining to upcoming field trips and ways to volunteer with us this summer.

A mining claim has been made on Roaring Creek in the Mallard Larkins roadless area and they are proposing to use a helicopter this summer to drop off heavy equipment and begin mineral exploration. Please defend this recommended Wilderness and demand that an Environmental Impact Statement needs to be completed. Send a short comment to comments-northern-nezperce@fs.fed.us or to Marty Gardner, NEPA Coordinator, Nez Perce Supervisor’s Office, 104 Airport Road, Grangeville, Idaho 83530.

The US 12 contested case hearing in Boise has come to a conclusion and we can expect a decision from Judge Duff McKee in early to mid-June. Despite temporarily knocking out power to 1,300 people and taking three-plus weeks to make it over Lolo Pass, Exxon/Imperial Oil officials testified this week that the test-validation module was very well done. Throw in the fact that they hacked and limbed countless trees inside the Wild & Scenic river corridor and Avista Utilities had to permanently raise two dozen power lines in order for the test module to make it up US 12, we consider the test-module to be an utter failure. Use this link to read the article by the Moscow-Pullman Daily News: http://www.friendsoftheclearwater.org/node/1051.

We would like to congratulate Borg Hendrickson and Linwood Laughy of Fighting Goliath for recently being awarded the 2011 Max Dalton Open Government Award. The award is given out annually to recognize a citizen(s) or group who advocates for openness and transparency of state public records. We would also to thank Advocates for the West for their stellar job at the contested case hearing. Use this link to learn more about the group: https://www.advocateswest.org/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=3.

The City of Moscow, Idaho Transportation Department and Exxon/Imperial Oil are taking comments on the US 95 megaload proposal. The recent four-hour meeting at the Hamilton Indoor Recreation Center left many questions unanswered and this is another opportunity to get your concerns addressed. If the proposal is approved, a test-module could be coming through Moscow in mid-June, followed by 3 months of mega-load convoys: http://www.friendsoftheclearwater.org/node/1041. Use this link to read the article by the Moscow-Pullman Daily News: http://www.friendsoftheclearwater.org/node/1057.

On Thursday May 5th, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service de-listed Northern Rocky grey wolves from the Endangered Species list, as directed by Congress when they passed the federal budget. Since then Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Wild Earth Guardians and Friends of the Clearwater have filed a lawsuit in federal court. Too see our reasoning use this link: http://www.friendsoftheclearwater.org/node/1048.

Meanwhile, the Idaho Fish & Game Department is working with Wildlife Services on a proposal to immediately employ aerial gunning to wipe out dozens of wolves in the Lolo Zone on the Clearwater National Forest. This proposal exemplifies why the Idaho Fish & Game Department is currently unwilling and incapable of responsible wolf management.

Please consider joining us on Saturday June 11th-Sunday June 12th for an exploratory workshop in the Lochsa Research Natural Area on the Clearwater National Forest. The field trip is free and open to the public. Click here:
http://www.friendsoftheclearwater.org/node/1053.

Lastly, we are looking for summer volunteers to help us with our wildlife monitoring project near the Boulder Creek campground. Once again we are working with Wildlands CPR http://www.wildlandscpr.org/ to decommission roads in Clearwater Country and restore critical wildlife and fisheries habitat.

Go Wild This Summer,

Brett

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