Idaho BHA Spring 2016 Update

Idaho Chapter leaders held our annual meeting in January. The meeting initiated what has been our most productive quarter yet. We added Eric Crawford of Moscow and J.D. Miller of Boise to the Idaho Board. Additionally, we kicked off the “Habitat Watch” program, similar to the Forest Watchman program that has been successful in other states. Thanks to Dan Herrig for coordinating this program. To learn more, contact Dan or one of the co-chairs.

Events have resulted in the addition of 30-plus new members. This year we have tabled three film tours in Boise and Coeur d’Alene and hosted our first event north of the Clearwater River in Moscow. The chapter helped organize a public lands rally, and members testified against the sale of additional “governor’s tags” at the IDFG Commissioner’s meeting. Jeff Barney and Josh Kuntz have had op-eds published on the importance of maintaining public lands. We also presented on the proposal to transfer public lands to the Kootenai Valley Sportsmen’s Association in Bonners Ferry.

Several events are planned for the coming months. First up is our annual service project on the Craig Mountain Wildlife Management Area south of Lewiston, April 29-May 1. We will follow up with our “Backcountry in the Backyard” summer series (sort of like the summer concert series but way cooler). Bring a friend and join us in Boise, Moscow or Salmon.

– Derrick Reeves

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