Men’s Journal explores Idaho’s salmon woes

The April 2012 issue of Men's Journal magazine features Idaho salmon.

Central Idaho’s endangered salmon—as well as Idaho Rivers United—landed in the national spotlight this spring in an April 2012 issue of Men’s Journal magazine.

In a 1,500-word article titled “Last Chance to Save the Salmon,” writer Kevin Gray dives into the biology, politics, culture and economics of salmon recovery in the Pacific Northwest.

With vignettes featuring Riggins, Boise and the headwaters of the Salmon River, the article is an encapsulation of the issues threatening the Endangered Species Act-listed salmon and steelhead of the upper Snake River Basin.

In an interview last fall IRU board member and avid central Idaho fisherman Tom Stuart told Gray that the crux issue to recovering Idaho’s salmon and steelhead centers on four dams on the lower Snake River.

“The government is trying hard to convince people that the dams are not a problem,” Stuart told Gray. “Of course, common sense and the best available science tell us it’s a huge problem.

Gray also features prominent Idaho personalities like retired Idaho Department of Fish and Game fisheries biologist Bert Bowler, Riggins tackle shop owner Rexann Zimmerman and Riggins fishing outfitter Kerry Brennan.

To read the full article, click here.