The Latest News on Idaho’s Public Lands

Our work reviewing project proposals and permits—both exhaustive and sometimes exhausting—pays off in big ways.

The Idaho Board of Environmental Quality recently issued a decision invalidating Perpetua Resources’ air pollution permit for the proposed Stibnite Gold Mine. The Board found that Perpetua Resources and the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) failed to follow regulations designed to protect people from arsenic-laden dust. The decision remands Perpetua’s air pollution permit, sending it back to the administrative hearing officer to reconsider ways to better control arsenic emissions and reduce cancer risks from the proposed mine. 

In response to another protest by ICL and our partners, a Hearing Officer with the Idaho Department of Water Resources (IDWR) also established minimum stream flows to Perpetua’s water withdrawals that are more protective of fisheries. 

Finally, if you care about the four million-acre Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest in north central Idaho, then you’ll be interested to learn about the status of the Forest Service’s efforts to revise the Land Management Plan.

ICL participated in a three-day administrative hearing to voice objections to the agency’s near-final new plan, arguing that it would harm wildlife, wildlands, and wild rivers by increasing off-road vehicle and snow machine access while shrinking the boundaries of the proposed Great Burn Wilderness Area. The Forest Service has also preliminarily stated that the North and South Fork Clearwater Rivers are not “suitable” for protection under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. It is unclear how the Forest Service will respond to the objections of ICL and other conservation groups, but a written response is due to be published sometime in June. Until then, stay tuned!

 

Comment period is open until June 5 for the Draft Environmental Assessment (DEA) affecting the future of Travel Management in the East Fork South Fork (EFSF) Salmon River portion of the Krassel Ranger District, Payette National Forest.

Proposals in the Draft range from no-change in motorized access, to adding up to about 26 miles of public road and trail access beyond the current inventory.

The Forest will issue a final Decision Notice and implement the plan estimated October 2024. The Decision will guide how motorized access is managed to this portion of the Forest going forward. No losses are expected, but gains are possible depending on the Forest’s final Decision.

Learn more about the Draft plan here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/payette/?project=60889

Comment submission form here: https://cara.fs2c.usda.gov/Public//CommentInput?Project=60889

(Attaching a DOC or PDF of your comments is recommended; else, type or paste text into the form fields provided.)

The Forest presently manages motorized access in the EFSF area under the 2007 Payette Travel Management FEIS, the 2008 McCall/Krassel and 2010 Big Creek Yellow Pine TMP Records of Decision, and the 2024 Motor Vehicle Use Map.  A 2017 settlement to a lawsuit which challenged the 2007/2008/2010 TMPs requires this Plan to be completed. (Two of three Plans total required by the settlement were previously Decided and are in the process of being implemented: Big Creek and South Fork RAMPs.)

IDPR has submitted its commentary based on the themes summarized below. Additional requests are based on routes which stakeholders have for many years been asking the Forest to implement.

  •  IDPR Supports Alternative D, plus proposed modifications:
  •        Re-open Sugar Creek Road 51883 as a Trail for 70” and under OHVs (closed ~2016)
  •        Re-open Crater Lake Road as a Trail for 70” and under OHVs (closed ~2016)
  •        Re-open Parks Peak Trails 069 and 074 to 2-wheeled OHVs as-proposed in Alt D, and also re-open connecting Rainbow Ridge Trail 070 to create a loop (each closed ~2000)
  •        Give greater consideration for the economic survival of the Yellow Pine community, which recreation visitation will ensure

Please inform fellow recreationists of this public process.

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SCNF Partnerships Newsletter – May 2024


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March 2024 Lessons Learned


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Hi everyone,

A big thank you to those who were able to join us for Monday’s SCNF Pre-Season Partner meeting. I know it’s a busy time of year for this group. Attached are meeting notes, which have also been uploaded to the SCNF External Partner Folder in Box. A reminder, this folder also contains some general safety documents, Risk Assessments, our Grants Calendar, etc. If any of you have trouble with this link, let me know and I’ll make sure to get you access.

If you have any questions, go-backs, or other things you wanted to talk about that we didn’t get to, don’t hesitate to reach out. We hope each of your organizations has a safe and memorable season and look forward to connecting with some of you in the field this year!       SCNF PreSeason Partner Meeting Notes 5.6.2024


Link to Comment Page

Descending into the ancient volcano feels like being swallowed by a monster. I set up camp in the mouth of the beast, surrounded by 200-foot cliffs—and am immediately overwhelmed with peace and quiet. But the tranquility in the crater bottom belies a violent past: Two-thousand years ago, molten rock gushed from these cracks in the earth, while ferocious explosions from thousand-foot-high cinder cones sent car-size boulders hurtling through the air. A quick foray from my campsite, 3.8 miles deep in Craters of the Moon National Monument, reveals evidence of this rocky past. Cylindrical cavities mark the spots where trees were entombed in flowing lava before rotting away, leaving their hollow forms in the hardened rock. Jagged chasms exist where ancient tunnels of lava formed and collapsed. A weekend of exploring these geologic wonders only fuels my curiosity—and ensures that I’ll be back soon.  Link to story

Anna Daly writes: Craters of the Moon National Monument hit a big milestone this month – turning 100 years old.
On May 2nd, 1924, the more than 1,100 square mile area of volcanic formations and lava fields in Central Idaho’s Snake River Plain was designated a national monument by President Calvin Coolidge.

This fall, deer hunters will follow new testing rules for chronic wasting disease management.

The new mandatory testing requirements apply to several hunting units in Central Idaho near U.S. 95/ Highway 55 south of Grangeville. Testing helps prevent the spread of CWD and it will let hunters know if the meat is safe to eat.

In March, the Fish and Game Commission made several changes, including:

  • Adding Unit 18 to the CWD Management Zone. Now the zones include Units 14 and 18. Unit 15 was removed. If you are hunting in the zones listed above, there are special rules to follow found here. 
  • Testing of whitetail deer and mule hunted in Units 23,24, and 32A is now mandatory—whole carcasses can still be removed from those units.
  • There is no longer a testing requirement for mule and white-tailed deer, elk, and moose harvested in Unit 15 and moose and elk in Unit 14.

According to Fish and Game, CWD was first discovered in Idaho in 2021. The fatal disease affects deer, elk, and moose. Symptoms of CWD in wildlife include excessive salivation, trouble swallowing, and excessive thirst. It stays indefinitely in the environment.

No moose has tested positive and only two elk. Wildlife managers are not as concerned about those animals at this point.

“If ignored, CWD will infect new areas, cause more sick animals, and eventually result in fewer deer, the Fish and Game news release said. “Although elk and moose are less susceptible, CWD will also spread to them.”

29. April 2024 · Comments Off on Education Video – BC Sawyer Training · Categories: Education, Safety


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29. April 2024 · Comments Off on Education: TKO Sawyer Workshop Video’s – Crosscut · Categories: Education, Safety

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29. April 2024 · Comments Off on USFS-BLM Prescribed burn season is here · Categories: Around The Campfire


If you see smoke in the air to the northeast of Boise – it doesn’t mean forest fire season has gotten an early start.

Instead, forest managers are set to do a pair of prescribed burns. The idea is to “reduce the risk of future catastrophic wildfires to nearby communities and natural resources,” Boise National Forest managers said.
First, Crews will set fire to 173 acres in the Mores Creek area, about four miles east of Idaho City along Rabbit Creek Rd. on Tuesday.

Next, they’ll tackle an area eight miles southwest of Idaho City, near the intersection of Grimes and Clear Creeks. This time, they’ll burn 250 acres starting May 1.
In both cases, the burn operation will take one to two days, with another week or so where they monitor and make sure it doesn’t get out of hand.

Boise National Forest folks say they try to pick times where the smoke won’t have a major impact — and also note that the dates could change if conditions warrant.
(Photo: Courtesy National Park Service)

29. April 2024 · Comments Off on Sawtooth Valley Wildland Fire Collaborative · Categories: Around The Campfire, Public Meetings


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20. April 2024 · Comments Off on IDPR Accepting Applications to Fill Important Advisory Committees · Categories: Current Events, Public Meetings

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19. April 2024 · Comments Off on Public Lands – Interior Department new rules put recreation & conservation on par with drilling & mining · Categories: Current Events, Public Lands

Public Lands Rule Change Apr2024

18. April 2024 · Comments Off on Video -The most influential trail riding group in America · Categories: BCHI /BCHA


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18. April 2024 · Comments Off on Public Lands – Wildest Place, SBFC’s Spring Newsletter · Categories: Public Lands

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15. April 2024 · Comments Off on Education – Region 4 Saw Accident/Near Miss Review 2020-2023 · Categories: Education

Good morning, Attached is the R4 Saw Accident/ Near Miss Review from 2020-2023.  There were 25 incidents reported, with 15 of those incidents resulting in injury. This review was modeled after the Lessons Learned Center 2004-2019 Tree Felling Accident Analysis.  It is understood that this review does not capture all incidents and near misses, only the incidents that were voluntarily submitted using the R4 Saw Accident and Near Miss Reporting Form.  This form is available for use by all agency, partner, and volunteer sawyers.  The intent of these reviews is to help facilitate conversation during training and chainsaw refreshers regarding topics where sawyers are getting injured or having near misses.  Thanks for sharing and please reach out if you have any questions.

Region 4 Saw Accident_Near Miss Review 2020-2023

11. April 2024 · Comments Off on Wilderness Jobs & Internships · Categories: Current Events, Education

Jobs & Internships


Wilderness Fuels Module Crew Leader – Sierra Institute

Wilderness Fuels Module Assistant Crew Leader – Sierra Institute

Wilderness Fuels Module Sawyer Crew Member – Sierra Institute

Wilderness Fuels Module Crew Member Medic – Sierra Institute

Stewardship and Outreach Manager – New Mexico Wild

Wilderness Ranger – New Mexico Wild

Nancy Morton Wilderness Intern – New Mexico Wild

Trail Crew Member – Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers

Wilderness Trail Crew Members (waitlist) – Friends of Nevada Wilderness

11. April 2024 · Comments Off on Wilderness Act Official Logo · Categories: Around The Campfire, Education

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ABOUT THE DESIGN: Indigenous artist Thomas “Breeze” Marcus designed the logo in collaboration with the Sierra Club. Breeze was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona on the Salt River Pima- Maricopa Reservation, just east of Scottsdale. In an overarching sense, his designs are reminiscent of his Akimel and Tohono O’odham cultural heritage—these Native Southwestern tribes are historically known for creating beautifully coil-woven baskets that feature interlocking geometric designs.

All are welcome to use this graphic in your outreach and celebrations around the 60th Anniversary this year. Images are available here: 

Wilderness 60 logo (color with text)

Wilderness 60 logo (color without text)

Wilderness 60 logo B&W (without text)

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Wilderness 60 Webpage

Looking for a place to stay up to date on all of the exciting events happening around the many wilderness milestones this year? Wilderness Connect has you covered – their Wilderness 60 webpage is live! This is the place to share information, messaging, communication materials, and event details related to the 60th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

11. April 2024 · Comments Off on Education – Wilderness Skills Institutes · Categories: Education


2024 Northern Rockies WSI Sessions

2024 Northern Rockies Wilderness Skills Institute Application

The 2024 Northern Rockies Wilderness Skills Institute will be held from May 20 – 24, 2024. It will start at 11am PT on Monday and conclude at 12pm PT on Friday. All participants are expected to sign up for the entire week. COST: There is no cost to attend. FOOD: On your own – no food provided. Participants will handle their own meals. Cooking facilities may be provided – more information will be provided ahead of the event.

06. April 2024 · Comments Off on Education – First Aid Scenario Library · Categories: Education, Training Events

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06. April 2024 · Comments Off on Education: Handout for 2024 Wilderness First Aid Workshop · Categories: Around The Campfire

Wilderness First Aid 2024 – Assessment

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30. March 2024 · Comments Off on Public Lands – Doyle Mountain Trail System Proposal · Categories: Public Lands

As of April 28, the Grandview Travel Management Plan process has been STOPPED and will be reset, starting the process over sometime in the future!

All, Please see the final version of the Doyle Mountain Trail Proposal attached.

If you would like to support this proposal (or some version thereof) just mention your support for the “Doyle Mountain Trail System” from ICL and company in your own individual comments (due Monday).

Here is a link to the Grand View Travel Management Plan on the BLM ePlanning website:  https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/73197

To make submitting comments easier, here is a link to ICL’s take action:  https://takeaction.idahoconservation.org/fmCRkTb

Thanks, all, and have a great weekend.

John Robison / Public Lands Director / Idaho Conservation League
PO Box 844, Boise, ID 83701
Mobile phone 208-345-6933 x 213 • fax 208.344.0344

http://www.idahoconservation.org

Doyle Mountain Trail System proposal final

29. March 2024 · Comments Off on Education (Sawyer) Riggins man dies after tree falls on him in Idaho County · Categories: Around The Campfire

Riggins man dies after tree falls on him in Idaho County

Local authorities responded to a call of an unconscious man being transported to Riggins, where he later died.
Author: KTVB Staff
Updated: 12:24 PM MDT March 26, 2024

RIGGINS, Idaho — Just before 1 a.m. on March 20, Idaho County Dispatch received a call regarding a 28-year-old man who was hit by a tree while cutting firewood, according to a news release from Idaho County Sheriff’s Office.

The call they received informed dispatch that there was an unconscious man with a pulse being driven to Riggins.

The man, Tyrel Walker, of Riggins, was up on the Big Salmon in the Allison Creek area when the incident happened, and was transported to Riggins to meet the ambulance. The ambulance met the man and his colleagues on Main Street in Riggins, and Life Flight was dispatched, while Riggins Ambulance performed life saving measures.

At roughly 1:11 a.m. Riggins Ambulance informed dispatch that life saving measures would be stopped, and Life Flight was canceled.

Idaho County Deputies and Idaho County Coroner responded, and investigated the situation later that day. The incident happened six miles up French Creek Road. It appeared to investigators that Walker had chopped down a tree, then was hit by another tree, striking him in the head.

Officials say Walker’s injuries were consistent with that of someone being hit by a tree.

26. March 2024 · Comments Off on MedWild – Wilderness Medicine, Survival, Rescue Video Library · Categories: Education

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26. March 2024 · Comments Off on How to use a SAM Splint (Forearm) | Wilderness Medicine · Categories: Education

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Dr. Donner discusses some key general tips for SAM splint use, and demonstrates a sugar tong splint for wrist and forearm injuries. Includes discussion on structural bends, fitting and molding technique, immobilization with sling, supination, and pronation. MedWild provides wilderness medicine, wilderness survival, and search and rescue instructional videos on a variety of topics: high altitude illness, traveler’s diarrhea, shoulder dislocation and reduction, shelter building, bushcraft, space blankets, hypothermia, medical kits, survival kits, frostbite, snake bites, fire craft, ropes and knots, orthopedic injuries and sam splints, cold water immersion and more.

Instructor: Howard Donner, MD Co-Author “Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine” Served as a physician for Denali National Park, Himalayan Rescue Association, and the 1998 NOVA Everest expedition. Served as a medical operations consultant for NASA for over 5 years. Whitewater rafting guide, commercial pilot, and certified flight instructor.

Recommended Audience: Outdoor enthusiasts and health care professionals including physicians, nurses, search and rescue teams, EMT, paramedics, ski patrol, corpsman, guides, instructors, wilderness first responders, and anyone else interested in educational and “how to” videos on wilderness emergency medicine, search and rescue, expedition medicine, backcountry first aid, wilderness survival training, and military medicine. Dr. Donner’s draws on his extensive backcountry and travel experience to highlight key signs, symptoms, treatments, and improvised techniques and skills.

More from MedWild: Complete Video Library:    / medwildvideos     / medwildvideos     / medwildvideos   MedWild videos featured at: www.wilderness-medicine.com

26. March 2024 · Comments Off on BCHI – Important Chapter Due Dates · Categories: BCHI /BCHA

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19. March 2024 · Comments Off on BCHI Saw Coordinators – Region 1 & Region 4 · Categories: BCHI /BCHA

Region #1 – North of the Salmon River

Region #4 – South of the Salmon River

 

18. March 2024 · Comments Off on Pack Saddle – Chain Saw Carrier · Categories: Around The Campfire, Education


Single Saw carrier for mounting on top of a decker pack saddle

18. March 2024 · Comments Off on “Shoshin” or “Beginner’s Mind” in Zen · Categories: Education

Be a “Professional Beginner

Always be learning, always striving to approach the process with the wide openness of someone starting fresh and fighting the natural tendencies to Narrow one’s mind and calcify one’s conceptual model.

New Information should be welcomed despite its demands for flexibility and ongoing adaptation.  With this approach, learning is also exhilarating, a journey of endless discovery and self-Improvement!

14. March 2024 · Comments Off on BCHA – March News Letter Highlights · Categories: Around The Campfire

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12. March 2024 · Comments Off on Chapter – 2023 End of year report. · Categories: BCHI /BCHA

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08. March 2024 · Comments Off on 2024 BCHI – Convention Info · Categories: BCHI /BCHA


2024 BCHI Convention Itinerary

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07. March 2024 · Comments Off on BLM – Grand View Travel Management Plan · Categories: Public Lands, Public Meetings

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07. March 2024 · Comments Off on SCNF – Spring News Letter, March 2024 · Categories: Around The Campfire, Education

SCNF Partnerships Newsletter – Mar2024

02. March 2024 · Comments Off on 2023 Garmin inReach® SOS Year in Review · Categories: Around The Campfire, Education

2023 Garmin inReach® SOS Year in Review

From hikers on daytrips to drivers on road trips, the inReach SOS data from 2023 shows that inReach devices are an important tool for adventurers and commuters alike. In 2023 the largest percentage of SOS incidents came from hikers and backpackers, but the biggest increase resulted from driving-related situations. Read on for a look at the statistical breakdown.

Since 2011, Garmin inReach satellite technology1 has helped individuals stay in touch globally, send and receive messages outside of cellphone service areas, navigate routes, track and share journeys and, when necessary, trigger an interactive SOS message to the Garmin Response℠ emergency response coordination center. Many individuals’ lives have been changed from the help they received after triggering an SOS message on their inReach device.

With 100% global Iridium® satellite network coverage, an SOS can be triggered globally. The locations of SOS incidents speak to the power of the Iridium satellite network, the intel of inReach technology and the Garmin Response team’s ability to make timely connections with emergency resources all over the world.

Garmin Response is a leader in 24/7 emergency monitoring and incident response coordination services. Using a proprietary emergency monitoring platform that connects to a global database of first responders and emergency services, the dedicated team of skilled emergency response coordinators serves more than 200 countries and territories and supports more than 210 languages.

Just this year, dispatch responses varied from local police and ambulance services on major interstate highways to highly technical helicopter rescues on the world’s tallest mountain, Mount Everest. Responses all over the world — from New Zealand to Norway to Argentina to Canada — were coordinated for plane crashes, grizzly bear encounters, sinking sailboats, skiers in avalanches, stranded divers, injured climbers and many more.

The largest percentage of SOS triggers this year came from adventurers who were out hiking or backpacking. The next highest number of SOS triggers came from driving and motorcycling incidents. This emphasizes the importance of having an inReach on hand for everyday “just in case” situations, such as witnessing or being involved in a motor vehicle accident, experiencing mechanical issues outside of cellphone service or encountering adverse weather while driving.

In 2023, we saw the biggest increases in driving-related SOS incidents, followed by climbing/mountaineering and fishing. Other common activities include boating, snowmobiling, camping, hunting, skiing/snowboarding, off-roading and more.   READ MORE

 

What’s Different About inReach Technology?

Staying connected, informed and safe — regardless of geographical location — has become an essential and expected part of our lives. So what makes inReach® satellite communicators stand out? Below are some of the top reasons why it’s advantageous to keep a device with inReach technology active and available1.

Connection to the Only Satellite Network with Global Coverage

The Iridium® satellite network, the world’s largest commercial satellite constellation, is the system that allows inReach devices to work globally. Its low orbit satellites enable inReach satellite communicators to relay messages, provide weather forecasts, navigate and trigger SOS alerts — even when you and your device are well out of range of cellular coverage. Plus, the multidirectional, purpose-built antennas in inReach devices help ensure a prompt connection, which is especially important in an emergency when every second counts.

Interactive SOS

With an inReach device and an active subscription, you can trigger an SOS message and connect directly to the Garmin ResponseSM team. When an SOS alert is received, team members pinpoint the incident location. Then, via two-way messaging, team members gather information from the user, coordinate the rescue response and connect with emergency contacts.

Internal Emergency Monitoring

A unique part of the inReach experience is that SOS activations are managed by Garmin’s in-house emergency monitoring team and incident response coordination center, Garmin Response. Operating since 2007, Garmin Response is staffed by trained professionals. They use proprietary emergency handling software to manage each SOS alert and work with a private global database of local first responders. The Garmin Response team has handled more than 10,000 inReach SOS alerts.       

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27. February 2024 · Comments Off on SW Idaho – 4.9 magnitude earthquake felt in Treasure Valley · Categories: Current Events, Public Lands

Did you feel yesterday morning’s earthquake?

According to the United States Geological Survey, there were several. The first one, and the strongest, hit at 10:25 a.m. and had a magnitude of 4.9. It registered about six miles North of Smiths Ferry with light shaking reported in the Treasure Valley.

USGS recorded an aftershock of 2.7 magnitude at 10:45 a.m. about five miles Northwest of Smiths Ferry. Another aftershock of 2.8 magnitude about three miles Northwest of Smiths Ferry was recorded at noon.

The Idaho Transportation Department said there was rockfall in the roadway near where the earthquakes occurred but there is no indication of damage. To be sure, ITD said its crews are assessing roads, culverts, and bridges, including Rainbow Bridge, in the area.

“In the event of any damage resulting from the earthquake, ITD will provide prompt notification to the public,” ITD said in a news release. “ITD wants to reassure the community that every measure is being taken to assess and address potential safety risks from this earthquake, demonstrating our unwavering dedication to maintaining a secure transportation network for all.”

Monday’s quakes occurred in the Western Idaho Seismic Zone, which lies between Boise and McCall. The zone includes active faults such as the Long Valley fault zone and the Squaw Creek fault.

21. February 2024 · Comments Off on e-Bikes – Bridger-Teton National Forest – Comment Period · Categories: Current Events

17. February 2024 · Comments Off on Idaho Wildlife Federation – Current Bills that are not in the best interest of Idaho · Categories: Around The Campfire, Public Lands

Below that, will be a series of five bills we are asking you, hunters, anglers and public land advocates of Idaho, to help IWF defeat. 

From potentially increasing poaching, reducing already deficient protections from chronic wasting disease, continued encroachment of the legislature on our wildlife management agency’s autonomy, trading once-inn-a-lifetime tags for wolves, we struggled to think of a sportsman in our state that wouldn’t be negatively impacted if these came to pass. 

IWF respects that our subscribers have different interests, and work hard to serve you with the information most important to you.

16. February 2024 · Comments Off on Education – How to Properly Use Bear Spray · Categories: Around The Campfire

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16. February 2024 · Comments Off on Leave No Trace / Backcountry Ethics · Categories: Education

Plan Ahead and Prepare

  • Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you’ll visit.
  • Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies.
  • Schedule your trip to avoid times of high use.
  • Visit in small groups when possible. Consider splitting larger groups into smaller groups.
  • Repackage food to minimize waste.
  • Use a map and compass to eliminate the use of marking paint, rock cairns or flagging.

Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces

  • Durable surfaces include established trails and campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses or snow.
  • Protect riparian areas by camping at least 200 feet from lakes and streams.
  • Good campsites are found, not made. Altering a site is not necessary.
    • In popular areas:
      • Concentrate use on existing trails and campsites.
      • Walk single file in the middle of the trail, even when wet or muddy.
      • Keep campsites small. Focus activity in areas where vegetation is absent.
      • In pristine areas:
      • Disperse use to prevent the creation of campsites and trails.
      • Avoid places where impacts are just beginning.

Dispose of Waste Properly

  • Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your campsite and rest areas for trash or spilled foods. Pack out all trash, leftover food and litter.
  • Deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 6 to 8 inches deep, at least 200 feet from water, camp and trails. Cover and disguise the cathole when finished.
  • Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products.
  • To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 200 feet away from streams or lakes and use small amounts of biodegradable soap. Scatter strained dishwater.

Leave What You Find

  • Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch cultural or historic structures and artifacts.
  • Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.
  • Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species.
  • Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches.

Minimize Campfire Impacts

  • Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the backcountry. Use a lightweight stove for cooking and enjoy a candle lantern for light.
  • Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings, fire pans, or mound fires.
  • Keep fires small. Only use sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand.
  • Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely, then scatter cool ashes.

Respect Wildlife

  • Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them.
  • Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers.
  • Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely.
  • Control pets at all times, or leave them at home.
  • Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or winter.

Be Considerate of Other Visitors

  • Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience.
  • Be courteous. Yield to other users on the trail.
  • Step off of the trail when encountering pack stock. Don’t hide and talk to the Riders, restrain you dog if you have one.
  • Take breaks and camp away from trails and other visitors.
  • Let nature’s sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.
16. February 2024 · Comments Off on ITA – Upcoming Webinar’s · Categories: Education

Dust off your boots and get ready for trail season! Join us the evening before our volunteer schedule launches to learn about this year’s best projects and how you can join. Hear this season’s highlights from our Trail Projects Director Alex Cravener and Board Member and Crew Leader Tom Dabrowski. We’ll have some fun trails trivia sprinkled throughout and tips for what to expect if this is your first time out on the trail.  SIGN UP HERE

15. February 2024 · Comments Off on Public Lands – Wild and Scenic River designation · Categories: Public Lands

The Lochsa, Selway, and Clearwater watersheds just over Lolo Pass are home to some of the finest rivers in the United States. They offer world-class paddling and fishing, provide vital spawning grounds for salmon and steelhead, and are sources of clear, cold water in a rapidly warming world.

It’s the job of the Forest Service to protect these special values based on the streams’ eligibility for Wild and Scenic River designation.

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest is instead gutting protections for Idaho’s rivers. In its recently revised forest plan, it stripped safeguards from 86 percent of rivers worthy of preserving. Across 4 million acres in central Idaho, the Forest Service is recommending just 12 streams for protection. Since Forest Plans routinely last for decades, the detrimental decisions made now by the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest will allow unacceptable and unnecessary impacts to rivers for generations.

In all, the new forest plan would remove protections from nearly 700 stream miles. That’s more than the length of the Clark Fork, Flathead, and Bitterroot rivers — combined. Among the waterways that would lose protections are tributaries to the Lochsa River and the North and South forks of the Clearwater River. These are the kinds of rivers the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act was designed to conserve.

The North Fork Clearwater River, which is losing protections it has had for more than 30 years, provides nearly 80 contiguous boatable miles and unsurpassed habitat for bull trout and west slope cutthroat trout. The South Fork Clearwater River, renowned for its unmatched B-run steelhead fishing, miles of walk-and-wade shoreline, and robust whitewater, is also on the chopping block.  READ MORE

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Plan Revision

The current forest plans were signed in 1987. Since that time, much has changed regarding resource management of the National Forests and we are currently in the process of revising the Forest Plan under the direction of the 2012 Planning Rule to incorporate changed conditions, best available science, and new public issues.

Please select the link in the header above or any of the following links for more information about the Forest Plan Revision processthe ongoing collaborative effort, and how you can get involved.