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Plight of the Vaquita

Boise State biology student Joe Schull along with Wild Lens Inc. set out in the Wildlens SphereGulf of Cortez to document one of the rarest mammals of the ocean, the vaquita. To learn more about the journey, click here.

Original source: Plight of the Vaquita Boise State News Update, 11/4/2015

 

Control of Federal Lands

John Freemuth, a professor for the Department of Public Policy and Administration at Boise State University, was quoted in a Los Angeles Times story titled “Control of federal lands emerges as an issue in the GOP presidential race”. Lawmakers argue that 50 percent of the land in the West is owned by Federal government and control of that land should be transferred to the states. Read Control of federal lands emerges as an issue in the GOP presidential race here.

Original Sources: Control of federal lands emerges as an issue in the GOP presidential race Los Angeles Times, 10/28/2015,
Update, John Freemuth, Published 9:42 a.m. October 28, 2015, 10/28/2015

Professor E. Scott Lee, quoted in The Blue Review

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Read From CIEDRA to Wilderness, An unsuccessful attempt at collaboration in the Boulder-White Clouds….

Original Source: The Blue Review, 10/28/2015,

 

Jeb Bush’s Ideas for Public Land Management

Public Policy and Administration Professor John Freemuthcottonwood-valley-trail-system-nevada-bureau-of-land-management-660x330 was quoted in a section of the New West Daily Roundup regarding Jeb Bush’s ideas for public land management. Read the full post here.

Read about Jeb Bush’s Ideas for Public Land Management in New West, 10/22/2015

Sage Grouse Habitat Rehabilitation after Fires

In an Associated Press article by Keith Ridler there is talk of “a federal plan to rehabilitate 436 square miles of scorched rangeland in southwestern Idaho and eastern Oregon containing important sage grouse habitat and grazing land for ranchers calls for spending about $67 million over 5 years”. John Freemuth, a professor for the Department of Public Policy and Administration, is quoted on this issue.

Original Sources: Idaho Statesman, 10/13/15

Food Access in Ada County, Idaho

Original Sources: Out of Reach, The Blue Review, 10/5/15

 

Wendy Jaquet Receives the Brenda Maynard Walters Award

Wendy Jaquet, a doctoral student and adjunct faculty, was awarded with the wendyBrenda Maynard Walters Award from Go Lead Idaho. The Brenda Maynard Walters Award honors women who support other women in a collaborative spirit. Wendy served in the Idaho House of Representatives, representing the citizens of District 25A for 18 years. She has mentored dozens of women, across the aisle, in encouraging and supporting them to run for public office. No matter the party of the position a woman is interested in, Wendy’s door is always open and she freely gives of her time, experience and wisdom in helping them to chart a court to success.

Pay for Success

In an effort to eliminate chronic homelessness in Ada County, news1_homelesssignBoise will be implementing a new ‘Pay for Success’ model. Service providers will receive funding for supporting the chronically homeless, “but not until the outcomes have been reached and verified”, guaranteeing the success of this program. Before this model will be implemented, the city of Boise has been given a $100,000 grant by University of Utah School of Business Policy Innovation Lab to fund a comprehensive feasibility study that will be conduced by Vanessa Fry. The study will help to created the new Pay for Success model next spring.

Read about this new funding model in Boise Weekly 10/7/2015,

BSU Joins Largest Science Network in the Country

Boise State University was just approved as a new partner to the Rocky Mountains Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (RM-CESU). This network helps federal land managers to find scientists, educators and students in the fields of ecosystem health, public lands policy, climate change, invasive species, archaeology, history, and sustainable recreation and resource use. This partnership will provide faculty and students the ability to obtain funds from federal land agencies and provide technical assistance for public lands.

Original Sources: BSU Joins Largest Science Network in the Country, The Update, 10/7/2015

Megafires

Dr. John Freemuth, Professor for the Department of Public Policy and Administration, was quoted in a Times-News article titled “Megafires Will Keep Driving up Firefighting Tab”. This article suggests that we could reduce costs and areas burned if we implement mechanical thinning and prescribed burning.

Original Sources: The Update, John Freemuth, Published 11:41 a.m. September 28, 2015,
Megafires Will Keep Driving up Firefighting Tab, Times-News, 9/28/15