One of the Pacific Northwest’s prime nursery grounds for Hells Canyon bighorn sheep is now permanently protected on the Snake River near Hells Canyon! This month, Western Rivers Conservancy permanently conserved Ten Mile Creek Ranch, a property with superb sheep habitat, critical to the survival of Idaho’s northern Hells Canyon herd of Rocky Mountain bighorns.
Deep in the backcountry of central Idaho, Western Rivers Conservancy is about to permanently protect a gem of a property along the South Fork Salmon River and secure a key access point into the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. In the coming months, we will conserve the second half of the South Fork Wilderness Ranch—one of the last private reaches of a near-pristine river—by purchasing the property and transferring it to the adjacent Payette National Forest.
Great news! Western Rivers Conservancy protected another critical salmon stream high in the Idaho Rockies—this time at the source of the Middle Fork Salmon River.
This month, Western Rivers Conservancy launched an effort that will revitalize a series of crucial salmon and steelhead streams in the very headwaters of Idaho’s famed Middle Fork Salmon River. The project will conserve 159 acres of prime fish and wildlife habitat and allow us to return critically needed water to Knapp and Marsh creeks.
Early this spring, Western Rivers Conservancy celebrated a major success in Idaho’s Sawtooth Valley when we conserved the 369-acre Goat Falls Ranch and transferred the ranch’s water rights to the state to keep them permanently in-stream. The effort will improve flows in two critical headwater tributaries of the Salmon River and add 369 acres to the spectacular Sawtooth National Recreation Area.