Rangeland

Wildfires
10:51 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Idaho Rangeland Budget Approved By Committee

Credit Aaron Kunz

Idaho ranchers looking to help fight rangeland fires near their homes received a funding nod from lawmakers this Thursday.

The Idaho Budget committee unanimously approved $400-thousand dollars for more volunteer rangeland fire protection associations. The money was requested by Governor Butch Otter in January.

Idaho currently has one fire association, in Mountain Home. Three more are proposed for Owyhee, Elmore, and Twin Falls counties. Graig Glazier is with the Idaho Department of Lands. He says that’s a good start.

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2013 Legislature
11:38 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Idaho Closer To Enlisting Help From Citizen Rangeland Firefighters

Firefighters spray water on a fire burning in Idaho.
Credit Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

An Idaho legislative committee Tuesday approved a bill to encourage teams of ranchers who would volunteer to fight rangeland fires. 

The first rangeland fire protection association in Idaho formed a year ago in Mountain Home. It allows ranchers to help fight fires alongside firefighters with the Bureau of Land Management.

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Wildfires
5:03 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Southeast Oregon Ranchers Still Waiting For Aid, Six Months After Massive Fire

Credit Washington DNR

Six months ago today, a lightning strike ignited one of the largest fires in Oregon’s history. Ranchers who lost cattle and grazing land still haven’t received federal disaster aid.

The Long Draw Fire killed more than 100 cows and calves. And it left federal range land in Southeast Oregon blackened and off limits to grazing for two years.

Rancher Richard Eiguren says that after the fire, it’s costing him five times as much to buy grass and hay to feed his herd.

He says friends and family have struggled to find any suitable land for their animals.

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Boise Foothills
3:47 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Watch Out For Sheep In The Foothills

White Great Pyrenees Guard Dog
Scott Ki Boise State Public Radio

Sheep grazing along trails is a rite of spring in the Boise foothills, so are the White Great Pyrenees dogs that protect them. 

Idaho Rangeland Resource Commission spokesman Steve Stuebner says it's important to keep pets leashed up to avoid a confrontation with the guard dogs.   "And then if you’re on a mountain bike and you come up to the sheep, it’s a good idea to dismount from your bike and get off your bike and walk through the sheep."