Idaho BHA is organizing a cleanup float in conjunction with the BLM and Forest Service along three different sections of the famed Salmon River on Saturday, August 3. The goal of the cleanup effort is to pull noxious weeds and pick up garbage on public lands along the Salmon River. The islands and river banks of the Salmon river are important wildlife habitat and removing noxious weeds will improve the habitat for a wide array of animals that use the area.
The float is expected to last from approximately 10:00AM - 4:00PM and lunch will be provided by Idaho BHA. There are 3 sections of river that can be floated and volunteers can choose which section they would like (Challis, Salmon or North Fork). Kids are welcome to attend.
Additional information will be provided to people who volunteer. Participants are encouraged to bring a raft or drift boat but it is not required. We can find you a spot in someone else's boat. These sections of river do not contain whitewater or technical challenges, other than some overhanging cottonwoods. Participants should bring a PFD (one can be provided if needed), rain gear, sturdy river shoes, gloves, sunscreen, (we have some extras) and a water bottle.
BHA recognizes the threat invasive species cause to the health and productivity of native riparian areas. Agencies cannot keep up with the workload to treat all infestations. This is where volunteers can help pick up the slack. Trash and debris also accumulate along the river bank annually.
To RSVP please email BHA High Divide Coordinator Ace Hess at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 208-833-5770
In 2018, Idaho BHA organized 16 people to do a float on the Salmon River near Challis in order to remove weeds and trash from the islands in the river.
The crew filled and removed nearly 30 bags of spotted knapweed, leafy spurge, thistle and trash! It was clear that more work was needed to improve habitat on the river, so we doing a second float in 2019.
August 03, 2019 at 10am - 4pm