Other Campaigns in Idaho

In addition to the national forests that we're working to protect, we're also fighting threats to Idaho's rare wild desert canyonlands and struggling wildlife species.

Idaho is home to some of the wildest deserts and rivers left in the American west. Iconic bighorn sheep roam the state's forests and mountains, but are at risk. At Wilderness, we're working to protect these wildlands and the wildlife that call them home.

Owyhee Canyonlands

The Owyhee Canyonlands span southwest Idaho, southeast Oregon and northeast Nevada. They are among the most remote areas of the continental United States. Sagebrush and juniper cover the dry desert grounds, which rise up into beautiful mountains, hoodoos (tall thin rock formations), natural arches and river canyons.

Bighorn Sheep

For decades, deadly yet preventable diseases have ravaged Idaho’s population of bighorn sheep. Our work is helping turn that situation around.

 

  • Tim Woody

    By passing H.R. 218 today, the U.S. House of Representatives set a dangerous precedent, approving construction of a destructive, unnecessary road through protected wilderness in the vital Izembek National Wildlife Refuge in the Alaska Peninsula.  

    This bill undermines bedrock conservation laws including the 1964 Wilderness Act, which prevents road building in designated wilderness, and the National Environmental Policy Act, which guarantees a process for environmental review of federal decisions, including participation by citizens and other stakeholders. 

  • Alex Thompson

    Today the U.S. Senate held a procedural vote for Interior’s deputy secretary nomination of David Bernhardt.

    The former California lobbyist and high-ranking staffer at Interior under President George W. Bush has a longstanding history with oil and gas companies, having pushed for the removal of impediments to drilling in land use plans and advancing energy development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

    The Wilderness Society issued the following statement from Melyssa Watson, vice president for conservation:

  • Kate Mackay

    As reported in the Denver Post, Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will be speaking at the Annual Meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) this week, one of the organizations leading the charge in advocating for the sell-off of public lands.