Success Stories / Salmon
- Boundary Creek Launch SiteFunding from the Foundation enabled the purchase and design of two fish and wildlife-themed interpretive panels for the Boundary Creek Launch Site and Dagger Falls campgrounds on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. The panels enhance visitor’s outdoor experience and understanding of the fish and wildlife inhabiting the Middle Fork area.
- Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Viewing StationsTwo bighorn sheep viewing stations, one near the rural community of Salmon and the other near Challis northeast of the Wood River Valley, provide roadside viewing opportunities of these majestic mountain climbers in a site easily accessible by motorists. The Foundation assisted with funding for the purchase of the sight’s interpretive signs, including an interpretive kiosk where visitors can read about Idaho’s bighorn sheep and view the sheep grazing nearby hills through a viewing scope. The purpose of the sites is to educate visitors and locals about the life and challenges of the bighorn sheep. The sections of US Highway 93 north of Salmon and south to near Mackay, and State Highway 75 from Challis east to Clayton, have been called “Idaho’s Bighorn Highway.” Sheep can be viewed in these areas year round. Other project partners include the Idaho Watchable Wildlife Committee and the National Foundation for North American Wild Sheep.
- Sacajawea Center Nature TrailA grant from the Foundation provided interpretive signage for the Sacajawea Center’s nature trail in this 71-acre park. The signage focuses on the fish, wildlife, and ecology along the Lemhi River corridor. The Center provides education programs that interpret the history of Sacajawea and her role with the Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery. The nature trail runs through a cottonwood forest along the scenic Lemhi River. The 14 interpretive signs highlight the area’s natural landscape and its connection to Lemhi-Shoshone history and the Lewis and Clark expedition.
- Mammals of the Upper Salmon BasinThe Foundation granted funds to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to develop a mammal checklist pamphlet with information on eight animals in the Upper Salmon Basin area. The pamphlet was designed to assist wildlife watchers in identifying the animals in this region of Idaho.
- Salmon Outdoor ClassroomThe Foundation partnered with the Wildlife Conservation and Restoration Program to support an outdoor classroom for students in Salmon, Idaho. The classroom was created to explore and observe a cattail marsh habitat and its associated wildlife as part of the environmental education curriculum. The outdoor classroom received new interpretive trails and reconstruction of a stream channel to its natural state. The four-acre site includes a pond, wetland, stream and related habitat. Students use the nature center for hands-on studies of riparian and wildlife habitat and document changes to the area as the habitat regenerates. The Foundation continues to provide funding for site maintenance and needs in its partnership with local schools and community organizations.