The Conservancy’s Laura Crane visits a solar project under construction.
Laura Crane The Conservancy’s Laura Crane visits a solar project under construction. © Dave Lauridsen

Stories in Idaho

Tackling Climate Change in Idaho

The time to act is now, and the way forward is together.

Idaho’s changing climate is impacting the places we love, our lifestyles and the health of our communities.

We are seeing more severe wildfires, more extreme temperatures, and less reliable water supplies. These changes have far-reaching consequences that affect many aspects of our lives, from the air we breathe to the food we eat.

The time to act is now, and the way forward is together. Give to support this important work.

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The Nature Conservancy in Idaho strives to build non-partisan support for climate solutions,  working hand-in-hand with communities, universities, business leaders, elected officials and others.

Our unique approach is to:

  • Find, support and implement solutions that make sense for Idaho and Idahoans.
  • Interpret and share local science to help others make informed decisions.
  • Spark conversations about the changing climate, in non-partisan and unifying ways.

Climate Change Projects

Leveraging the Power of Nature

Improving soil health is a powerful tool to reduce climate change. Through our Healthy Soil, Clean Water program, we are engaging farmers and agriculture companies across the Snake River Region to enhance Idaho’s water quality, water supply and soil health. For example, we’re working with Teton Valley farmers to use cover crops, no-till practices and upgraded irrigation systems to improve water quality and soil health, while also increasing the bottom line.

We need to discuss climate change now because it’s happening now. And I’m a part of it. We’re all a part of what’s happening. So, we all have to be part of the solution.”

Secretary, Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee

A Future for Idaho's Iconic Wildlife

Idaho is home to wide-ranging species that need large, connected natural areas. Idaho’s changing climate threatens their future due to impacts on their habitat. To help wildlife cope, TNC is using climate resilience science to identify and conserve the places that are more likely to sustain plants and animals even as the climate changes.

Studying the Economic Impacts

The University of Idaho’s McClure Center for Public Policy Research, with support from TNC and others, is leading a statewide assessment of economic risks and opportunities linked to the changing climate. This study will recruit researchers from all of Idaho’s major colleges and universities to evaluate impacts to businesses, residents, and local and state economies. The findings from this study will allow Idaho to plan a productive, resilient future. The economic assessment was a key recommendation from the 2017 Safeguarding Idaho’s Economy in a Changing Climate Summit, organized in part by TNC and attended by more than 500 people.

"I think climate change is just a reality, and that's something we need to be prepared to deal with, particularly in agriculture."

Wood River Valley farmer

Climate Conversations

Climate Conversations is a video series that tells the real stories of how Idaho is impacted by climate change. The series aims to spur solutions-based, non-partisan conversations across Idaho about our changing climate.