Idaho Conservation League

The Idaho Conservation League is Idaho's leading voice for conservation. With 18 staff in three offices across the state, ICL knows that protecting Idaho's clean air, wilderness, wildlife, and clean water transcends partisan politics. ICL works to protect Idaho's wilderness and public lands -- places like the Clearwater Basin of Central Idaho and the Selkirk Mountains of the North. ICL also works to protect homes and communities by keeping air and water clean and safe, monitoring government policies, and encouraging energy efficiency. ICL collaborates with others when possible and is a strong advocate when needed. ICL is the voice of conservation for all Idahoans and thousands of ICL's members at the Idaho Legislature, in the halls of Congress, and at all levels of government. ICL was founded in 1973.

Idaho Conservation League has been a Brainerd Foundation grantee since 2000.

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Idaho Conservation League Photo gallery

Kayaking the Bruneau River in the Owyhee Canyonlands. Photo courtesy of Idaho Conservation League.

ICL worked for more than a decade to address the issue of phosphorus in the Boise River and was credited by policy leaders at the christening of the Dixie Dam, the nation's first phosphorus pollution trading project. Photo courtesy of Charles Knowles.

Looking over Chamberlain Basin and Castle Peak in the White Cloud Mountains. Photo courtesy of Elaine French.

Hulls Gulch Trail, in the Boise Foothills. Photo courtesy of Derek Best.

Alpine Lake in the Sawtooths. Photo courtesy of Lauren McLean.

Hyndman Basin in the Pioneer Mountains. Photo courtesy of Lars Guy.

Seven Devils sunset. Photo courtesy of Ander Sundell.

Spring blooms along the South Fork of the Salmon. Photo courtesy of Jay Krajic.

Idaho Conservation League Grant history

2016

$100,000 - A two year grant to support Idaho's clean water, wilderness, and quality of life through citizen action, public education, and professional advocacy. Conservation policy

2014

$115,000 - A two-year grant to support Idaho's clean water, wilderness, and quality of life through citizen action, public education, and professional advocacy. Conservation policy

2012

$100,000 - A two year grant to protect Idaho's clean water, air, wilderness, and quality of life through citizen engagement, public education, and advocacy. Place-based conservation

2012

$3,000 - For flights to monitor the continued presence of caribou in the Selkirk Mountains. Opportunity fund

2011

$5,000 - For a review of the organization's online communication's strategy. Conservation capacity

2011

$100,000 - A two-year grant to build a broad base of support for conservation and compatible economic development in the Pioneer Mountains-Craters of the Moon region of central Idaho. Place-based conservation

2010

$10,000 - To protect unique natural areas in the Pioneer Mountains and Craters of the Moon region of south-central Idaho. Grassroots fund

2010

$100,000 - To protect Idaho's clean water, air, wilderness, and quality of life through citizen engagement, public education, and advocacy. Conservation policy

2010

$35,000 - To support community-based stewardship and conservation in the Pioneer Mountains and Craters of the Moon region of central Idaho. Place-based conservation

2010

$10,000 - To build support for wildlife habitat protection in Idaho's Clearwater Basin. Grassroots fund

2008

$200,000 - A two- year grant to build new constituencies that can be informed, empowered and inspired to take action to protect Idaho.

2008

$30,000 - To develop a strategic marketing plan for targeting new conservation voices in Idaho.

2008

$100,000 - A two-year grant to protect Idaho's clean water, air, wilderness, and quality of life through citizen engagement, public education and advocacy. Conservation policy

2007

$70,000 - For general support to promote conservation in Idaho. Conservation policy

2006

$34,000 - To conduct opinion research to be used in ICL's Building Power for Conservation program. Conservation capacity

2006

$35,000 - To address population growth, loss of open space and sprawl in Idaho. Place-based conservation

2006

$40,000 - To protect Idaho's clean water, wilderness and quality of life. Place-based conservation

2005

$10,000 - For general support including a civic engagement effort for the state of Idaho. Conservation capacity

2005

$20,000 - To protect and restore Idaho's public lands, and to advance civic engagement of conservationists. Place-based conservation

2004

$20,000 - For general support to protect and restore Idaho's public lands and waters. Place-based conservation

2003

$1,500 - For a presentation of an economic report 'Working Around the White Clouds,' to local county and city officials to illustrate strategies to diversify the current agricultural economy. Opportunity fund

2003

$30,000 - To protect Idaho's core wildlands and managed public lands and to develop the capacity of the organization to advance long-term strategic initiatives. Place-based conservation

2002

$30,000 - To protect Idaho's public wildlands from logging and mining; to develop a conservation assessment of Idaho; and to develop greater oversight of mines in closure in Idaho. Place-based conservation

2000

$20,000 - To protect the waters, wildlands and wildlife of Idaho from impacts of proposed, existing, abandoned, and inactive mines through a systematic statewide public education and advocacy program. Place-based conservation

Idaho Conservation League Successes

Idaho Wilderness safe from mining threat

Idaho Wilderness safe from mining threat

A U.S. District Court has ruled that a USFS decision approving a mining company’s plan to deploy heavy equipment inside the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness violates the Wilderness Act, the National Forest Management Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act. The case was won by Brainerd Foundation grantee Earthjustice on behalf several groups, including another grantee, the Idaho Conservation League.

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EPA ordered to make polluters pay for Superfund cleanup

EPA ordered to make polluters pay for Superfund cleanup

Hardrock mining, oil, coal, and other industries will finally be required to show they have adequate funds to clean up their hazardous waste, thanks to a U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that forces the EPA to implement a long-standing provision of CERCLA (the "Superfund" law of 1980). Although initiated by Earthjustice on behalf of the Idaho Conservation League and other groups, the effects of this lawsuit will be felt nationwide and help incentivize industry to prevent hazardous waste spills.

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Idaho hosts nation's first pollution trading project

Idaho hosts nation's first pollution trading project

Brainerd grantee Idaho Conservation League worked for more than a decade to address the issue of phosphorus in the Boise River and was credited by policy leaders at the christening of the Dixie Dam, the nation's first phosphorus pollution trading project, which is demonstrating a new path to cleaner water. ICL worked with the City, EPA, DEQ and others to make what is now an operational river clean up facility a reality.

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New Boulder-White Clouds Wilderness created in Idaho

New Boulder-White Clouds Wilderness created in Idaho

In 2015, more than 270,000 acres of the Boulder-White Clouds Mountains of Idaho were protected as Wilderness, demonstrating the importance of long-term, unrelenting strategies and broad community-based coalitions in such campaigns. The Wilderness bill had the support of Idaho lawmakers, environmentalists, and even motorized groups. (Photo by Roy Luck.)

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Idaho Conservation League Resources

Ten years from now, who will lead us?

Ten years from now, who will lead us?

The nonprofit sector is experiencing a leadership crisis. We did some deep listening and found that current mid-career leaders are in need of professional development, so our board approved a grant to fund a mid-career institute for environmental leaders.

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Hope is not a strategy. A champion is.

Hope is not a strategy. A champion is.

We asked our colleague Rick Johnson to share one of the big lessons his organization (a long-time Brainerd grantee) has learned about making conservation progress in a deeply red state. Here’s his story.

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