Palouse Environmental Update

By David Hall, Community Member

Friends of the Clearwater ( has several action alerts:

Oppose efforts to amend the Wilderness Act – H.R. 1349

Protect the integrity of the Antiquities Act

Support the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act – H.R. 2135, S. 936

Support the Chemical Poisons Reduction Act of 2017 – H.R. 1817

Oppose the Guides and Outfitters Act – H.R. 289

Oppose the Local Enforcement for Local Lands Act – H.R. 622


Palouse Group of the Sierra Club (

Upcoming Events

  • July 21-23. Friends of the Clearwater Outing to the North Fork of the Clearwater
  • September 23. Trip to Wanaha-Tucannon Wilderness

Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition (           

In mid-May, the Idaho Transportation Department applied for its permit through the Army Corps of Engineers for impacting waters of the U.S. The Corps will review the application and determine whether it is acceptable, and, if so, determine the Least Environmentally Damaging Practicable Alternative. It will be very interesting to see what action the Army Corps of Engineers takes!

Palouse Land Trust (

The Palouse Land Trust recently acquired a piece of land on Paradise Ridge with some great Palouse Prairie habitat. At present it is not open to the public, but they did dedicate it as the Dave Skinner Ecological Preserve.

Palouse Region Chapter – Citizens' Climate Lobby (

CCL Chapter for Whitman and Latah counties, Eastern Washington State and North Idaho. Meetings are the third Thursday of each month, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.Odd months at the Senior Center of the 1912 Center, 412 East Third Street , Moscow. Even months at Umpqua Bank Meeting Room, 225 N. Grand, Pullman

Next meeting     July 20, 5:30-7pm, 1912 Center Senior Center, 412 East Third St. Moscow

The purposes of Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL) are to:

1. create the political will for a stable climate and

2. empower individuals to have breakthroughs in exercising their personal and political power.

The purpose of the Palouse Region Chapter of CCL, also known as CCL-Palouse, is to work to pass effective climate/energy legislation through Congress

Inland FoodWise Newsletter (

This is a new endeavor, with some local authors.  Check it out! And take a look at their mascot, an owl made of a cantaloupe and other veggies!

June 1, 2017

  • Chasing Toxic Herbicides Out of Washington State – Chrys Ostrander
  • Eastern Washington Farm Receives Grant from West-side Foundation for Solar-powered Drip Irrigation System – Thom Foote
  • Getting Flame Retardants Out of the Food Supply – Erika Schreder
  • Rural Roots: Healthy Farms, Healthy Foods, Healthy Communities – Karen Chojnacki
  • The Inland Northwest Food Network Celebrates our Region's Food System – Teri McKenzie
  • The Permaculture Conservation Trust – Deborah Berman, Suvia Judd
  • The Soil Food Web: Life Beneath Our Feet – Jefferson Edward
  • What’s Wrong with Organic – Chrys Ostrander
  • Wild Foods of Spring: Nettles and Morels served up with some musings! – Carol McFarland