Success Stories / Panhandle
- WaterLife Discovery CenterThe WaterLife Discovery Center is a habitat education and interpretive area on the shores of the Pend d’Oreille River near Sandpoint. Its development has been a unique grassroots project over many years of planning and implementation. The property consists of 3.5 acres of interpretive exhibits and a 6.5 acre forested wetland with trails and interpretive signs. This area is home to white-tailed deer, moose, muskrat, mink, and river otters. Bald eagles, osprey and waterfowl grace the river while woodpeckers and songbirds prefer the wetland forest. The property hosts a self-guided educational center that combines a fish hatchery, nature trails, overlook bridges, wildlife watching areas, and underwater viewing opportunities. The Foundation awarded the Center funds to create a wonderful facility where the community, teachers, students, and visitors enjoy an “Idaho wildlife experience.”
- The Trail of the Coeur d’AleneThe Trail of the Coeur d’Alene is a 73-mile long paved recreational path along the Coeur d’Alene River Valley. An estimated 100,000 people use the trail annually for hiking, biking and wildlife watching. The Foundation funded a series of nine interpretive signs placed along the trail, helping users identify and understand the area’s wildlife. The project was done in partnership with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation at the Cataldo Mission.
- Farragut Shooting RangeThe Foundation granted funds to assist with utility, safety, parking and administrative improvements at the 60-year-old Farragut Shooting Range east of Athol. The range is used for hunter education programs, clinics, training and general recreation.
- Remote Digital Cameras/Wildlife TrackingThe Foundation funded the purchase of remote digital cameras for the Panhandle region. Biologists with the Department of Fish and Game use the cameras to track the movements and populations of wolverine, lynx, fisher and marten. With the use of the cameras continues to provided new and ongoing information on species distribution and habitat uses for the area.
- Pend d'Oreille Bay Trail
Friends of Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail received a grant from the Idaho Fish & Wildlife Foundation that was used for the acquisition of a stretch of riparian habitat on the northern shoreline of Lake Pend Oreille.
The acquisition helped to protect lakeshore habitat from future waterfront development and created a non-motorized, environmentally sustainable public trail that will connect three waterfront communities.
The acquisition of the 1.5 mile trail provides visitors and local residents safe public access to Idaho’s largest lake and an exceptional opportunity for people to experience its abundant fish and wildlife habitat firsthand.