Big Wild Bi-Weekly November 2, 2011

Dear Wildlanders,

Snow is in the forecast, and that must mean we are approaching winter. Forecasters are predicting another La Nina, which could mean a very cold, wet and snowy six months throughout the Northern Rockies. In this issue, you will get an invitation to our 2011 Annual Meeting & Gathering, receive an update on the Northern Rocky grey wolf lawsuit, learn about the recent Roadless Rule court decision, and find out why expanding the Port of Lewiston is a bad idea.

On Saturday November 5th, we will be hosting our 2011 Annual Meeting & Gathering at the 1912 Center in Moscow, which is located at 412 E. Third Street. Festivities include live music, silent auction, a community potluck, board elections, and an awards ceremony. Event is from 6-10pm. This year we will be honoring Advocates for the West, Helen Yost with Wild Idaho Rising Tide, and numerous individuals from the wildland community for their tireless and effective activism. George Nickas of Wilderness Watch will also be receiving the Plank Award, which is intended to honor those that have dedicated their career to protecting wild places and native species in the Northern Rockies.

George Nickas has been a wildland activist for the past thirty years. He is the Executive Director of Wilderness Watch, a non-profit organization in Missoula, Montana that is dedicated to the protection and proper stewardship of the National Wilderness Preservation System. We would like to take this moment to thank George for all of his incredible work over the decades! Learn more about Wilderness Watch:

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently denied a request for an emergency injunction to stop the killing of Northern Rocky grey wolves. The three-judge panel will instead consider the injunction when it begins hearing oral arguments on Tuesday November 8th. Approximately one hundred forty wolves have been killed so far in Idaho and Montana, with trapping season set to begin in Idaho on November 15th. The Idaho Fish & Game Department has not set a hunting quota for wolves in 2011-2012, and the hunting season(s) in Idaho will extend to late June in certain hunting units. Click here for updates:

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule, which largely prevents road building and resource extraction on fifty million acres of public lands on the National Forests. This ruling does not however give proper protection to the roadless lands in Idaho, where a separate court case involving the legality of the contentious Idaho Roadless Rule is still on going. Idaho has over nine million acres of roadless country, more than any other state outside of Alaska. Our nations remaining roadless areas provide clean air and water, important fishery and wildlife habitat, along with opportunities for hunting, fishing and recreation. Every acre needs to be permanently protected.

You may be aware that the Port of Lewiston is seeking a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers to expand its dock and facilities. While the deadline has passed to submit a public comment, please consider writing a letter to the editor denouncing this fiscally irresponsible proposal. Not only does it not make sense to sink more tax-payer dollars into a facility whose business has steeply declined over the past decade, but we believe that this proposal is intended to enable to Port to receive more shipments of megaloads. At the very least, the Army Corps of Engineers needs to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to study the cumulative impacts of this proposal.


Hope to see you at the Annual Meeting and Gathering on November 5th!


Brett & Gary


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