Wild Rivers

South Fork of the Salmon Named to Most Endangered Rivers List for Second Year

South Fork of the Salmon Named to Most Endangered Rivers List for Second Year

The South Fork of the Salmon, a whitewater river with important spawning habitat for migrating fish, has again been named a Most Endangered River on American River’s annual list. The reason and threat are still the same: Midas Gold’s Stibnite Project, a proposed gold mine at the headwaters of the river, that threatens downstream tribal nations, communities, and species that rely on a healthy South Fork.

Midas Gold Has No Place in the South Fork of the Salmon, No Place in Boise’s North End

Midas Gold Has No Place in the South Fork of the Salmon, No Place in Boise’s North End

On an advertising panel in Boise’s Camel’s Back Park, Midas Gold lays out the attractions of their proposed Stibnite Project located in the headwaters of the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River. The advertisement claims the project will boost Idaho’s economy, provide employment opportunities, and restore fish migration to the nearby rivers and streams. Nowhere on the sign does Midas acknowledge that the Stibnite Project is a massive open-pit gold mining operation that will put a unique and cherished place at risk of losing its wild heart.

Ruling Favors Local South Fork Payette Community over Placer Mining Interests

Ruling Favors Local South Fork Payette Community over Placer Mining Interests

This week a judge has ruled in favor of the Forest Service in their case against 35 placer mining claims located along the South Fork of the Payette River. The decision signifies a victory for the numerous local outfitters, rafters, kayakers, businesses, and conservation groups that opposed the development of mining activities along this stretch of river.