(Editors's Note: Since publishing this blog April 9, we've received at least 10 more images and quotes from people who want to speak up for the river. Click here for a full, continuously-updated gallery.)
If the measure of a place is the people who hold it dear, the South Fork of the Salmon River has passion, integrity and depth in spades.
With an open-pit mine threatening the South Fork and its upper tributaries, the following people from around the country--people who live in Idaho or travel here to spend time and money to appreciate its wonders--want to share their passion for this special place.
Also, click here to read about the South Fork's Monday, April 10, designation as one of America's Most Endangered Rivers.
Scroll through the gallery below to read all of the People of the South Fork quotes, and subscribe to this blog to read more from them in the coming weeks.