It’s the end of 2011 and so we take quantitative stock of what we’ve accomplished in the last 52 weeks. The following are the most-viewed blog posts of 2011, which are actually quite representative of the issue work we’ve done over the last year. When it comes to North Idaho conservation controversies, from Bonner County craziness to messes in the Coeur d’Alene basin, from Tubbs Hill trails to the trees on the Dike Road, you can count on KEA to be in the middle of it.
For 10th place, remarkably, an exact tie:
10. the heartwarming Homeless Osprey Homeless No More and less heartwarming The Sacketts’ Wetland Mapped
The rest of the top 10:
9. Coeur d’Alene City Council Signals Stronger Stand on Dike Road Trees
8. Bonner County Approves Priest Lake Subdivision
7. New “Property Rights Council” Brings Messy Ideological Extremism to Bonner County Government
6. New Mini-Megaloads Proposed To Be Routed Through Coeur d’Alene on Hwy 95
5. Wheelchairs on Tubbs Hill
4. Coeur d’Alene Basin Pipeline Spill?
3. January Flooding May Have Caused the Worst Coeur d’Alene Basin Contamination in Years
2. What The Priest Lake Wetland Case Is Actually About
And not that surprisingly, out top post for 2011 is:
1. Saving the Dike Road Trees
But in an important footnote, it turns out that the blog post that actually got the most hits in 2011 dates from December 2009 and is therefore disqualified from this end-of-year list. Showing the immense power of search engines, our timelessly informative posting about the legal status of Woodsy the Owl remains undefeated — the article, “The owl is required to be fanciful and must wear slacks,” and consequent downloads of the ridiculous public-domain illustration of Woodsy Owl, again got more views in 2011 than any other KEA blog post. However, for whatever reason, the search engines stopped sending so much Woodsy Owl traffic in mid-summer. Evidently, some other web presence (Wikipedia, we think) is now the chief authority for all things Woodsy.
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