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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


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

$2.8 Million Grant to John Freemuth

“The U.S. Geological Survey has granted the first phase of a four-year, $2.8 million Photo-Freemuth-JohnNational Gap Analysis Program (GAP) award to Boise State public policy professor John Freemuth” . GAP seeks to develop detailed and current data to supplement conservation planning at regional and national sites. John Freemuth will serve as principal investigator among a team of 5 colleagues. Read ‘$2.8 Million Grant to Link Data to Conservation Efforts” here.

Original Source : The Update, $2.8 Million Grant to Link Data to Conservation Efforts, 9/15/2015

Dr. John Freemuth Comments on Recent Wildfires

Dr. John Freemuth, professor for the Department of Public Policy and Administration at Boise State University, was quoted in an article written by Marty Trillhaase for the Lewiston Tribune in regards to ownership of land burned by this years’ wildfires. His comment was originally seen in an Idaho Spokesman article written by Betsy Russell.

Original Sources: Update, John Freemuth Published 2:34 pm, September 14, 2015, 9/14/2015, If Crapo opposes land transfers, why not say so?  Lewiston Tribune

Devastating North Idaho Fires

cit06_fire_t810Dr. John Freemuth, professor for the Department of Public Policy and Administration, was quoted in Spokesman Review blog regarding the devastating North Idaho wildfires. Freemuth supports that the issue is not what kind of land burned–federal, state, or private–but the conditions that allowed these fires to burn and the way funds were allocated to fight it.

Original Sources: Tough Idaho fire season burns state, federal, private land, The Spokesman Review, 9/7/2015, Campus Update: John Freemuth, Published 11:36 a.m. September 8, 2015

Rehabilitation of charred lands

Dr. John Freemuth, professor for the Department of Public Policy and Administration, is quoted in an article for SFGate regarding the rehabilitation of the burned area in SW Idaho. This August the fires charred a 433-square-mile area, destroying vital Sage Grouse habitat and grassland needed by ranchers.

Original Sources: Dr. John Freemuth (85), The Update, 8/28/2015
SFGate, 8/26/2015

Pathways 2016 Conference

Krista Lyons, a PhD Graduate Assistant from Boise State University, has been shutterstock_56118346-e1432067606466selected to give an oral presentation for a conference titled “Pathways Kenya 2016: Integrating Human Dimensions into Fisheries and Wildlife Management” that will be held at Colorado State University. Her presentation is titled “International Wildlife Management Policy: A Comparative Public Administration (CPA) Framework Analysis of Five Diverse Countries”. The conference intends to “set the precedent for future research, innovation, and collaboration and also to further the application of research in the field of human dimensions of fish and wildlife management in Sub-Saharan Africa and beyond”

Wildfires Effect Sage Grouse Population

Dr. John Freemuth comments on the Sage Grouse population in an article by Frankie Barnhill Sage_Grouse_USFWSFlickrfor Boise State Public Radio. Although the population of Sage Grouse has increased by 63 percent over the last two years, this did not take into account this year’s wildfire season where fires have been “Eating up chunks of key sage grouse habitat in states like Idaho and Oregon” (Barnhill).

Original Source: Listen to Study Shows Increase In Sage Grouse Numbers, But Before Damaging Wildfire Season on Boise State Public Radio, 8/24/15

John Freemuth Comments on Western Wildfires

John Freemuth was quoted in an article by Keith Ridler for The Tribune regarding the recent wildfires in Idaho. “It’s like two environmental values having to be reconciled — the need for the right kind of fire and the need for good air quality.”

Original Source: Western wildfires burn unchecked as resources run thin, The Tribune, 8/19/15