For the past six months the Salmon-Challis National Forest has been accepting comments on candidate Wild and Scenic rivers as part of its forest plan revision process.
Early last month, on Nov. 3, the forest announced it would extend its feedback period in order to facilitate further public input. The forest will take public feedback through Jan. 4. Click here to peruse the Salmon-Challis National Forest Wild and Scenic Evaluation or to comment.
IRU filed comments earlier this summer, but is taking this opportunity to draft an even more detailed analysis of the myriad candidate Wild and Scenic Rivers on the forest.
"The upper Salmon River basin is rife with candidate Wild and Scenic rivers like the North Fork of the Salmon, Panther Creek and Loon Creek, an important tributary of the Middle Fork, but the Salmon-Challis National Forest is huge. We're talking about streams in the Big Lost, Little Lost, Lemhi and Pahsimeroi river basins, too," said IRU Executive Director Kevin Lewis.
If you know and love rivers on Forest Service-managed land that's within any of these amazing river basins, take some time to tell your own story about what these places mean to you and why you want to see them protected for your lifetime and generations to come.