Success Stories / Southeast
- Indoor-Outdoor Archery RangesThe Foundation’s grant to the Pocatello Field Archers contributed to the completion of a 47-acre site with indoor and outdoor archery ranges and fencing of 40 acres of the archery range. The shooting range is located on Pocatello Creek Road in Pocatello, Idaho.
- Pocatello ZooThe Pocatello Zoo received support from the Foundation for two separate but related projects. “Every Tree Tells a Story” educates children on the life cycle of trees and the significant role trees play in providing animal habitat. Built around a mature poplar, a two-story tree house includes interactive displays, a crawl-in den and five discovery stations. The Zoo also received funding in 2002 for interpretive panels and installation for its Red Fox exhibit. The panels describe the life of a red fox and the close proximity that foxes maintain between the forest edge and humans.
- Hilda Thompson Wetlands ProjectThe Foundation worked with other funding partners to restore a 130-acre wetlands site near Hooper Springs Park in Soda Spring, Idaho. The site was originally gifted by the late Hilda Thompson as a home for resting and nesting wildlife, including swans, ducks, geese, Sandhill cranes and herons. Area wildlife benefited from a reconstructed levy and replanted riparian areas. A viewing platform was constructed for visitors to catch and glimpse of the region’s wildlife.
- Pebble Creek Restoration Project
Trout Unlimited, Idaho Falls Chapter, received a Foundation grant for the Pebble Creek Restoration project. Pebble Creek is a significant tributary of the Portneuf River. The project included constructing a 1700-foot buck-and-pole fence along lower Pebble Creek and Portneuf River frontage to exclude livestock from accessing sensitive riparian areas and to protect newly-planted vegetation. An off-site livestock watering system was built to prevent livestock from accessing Pebble Creek and degrading streambank and riparian vegetation.
The project also included construction of 3000 linear feet of new stream channel, incorporating stream meanders, riffles, pools, runs and undercut banks as habitat for Yellowstone Cutthroat trout and other native species. Approximately 200 native Yellowstone Cutthroat trout, 250 native sculpin and other native baitfish, were transported to the newly restored stream channel. The Pebble Creek Restoration project was a major step in the preservation of critical habitat for these trout, and the Portneuf River watershed is an historic stronghold for this species.