We will advocate on issues that affect wildlife in the Upper Henrys Fork Watershed.
We will collaborate with organizations and individuals that share our values.
We will educate the public and decision-makers through our website, social media, and other outreach efforts.
We will organize our volunteer base to build the power we need to protect wildlife.
Island Park Fence Removal
In the summer of 2021, HFWA partnered with National Parks Conservation Association to remove 1,700ft of delinquent barbed-wire and woven-wire fencing in Island Park. The first project involved removal of a section of obsolete fence on private property in northern Island Park. The second project involved the removal of several sections of obsolete fence on U.S. Forest Service land south of Raynolds Pass.
Kelsie Huyser, Project Manager for the Yellowstone Pronghorn Project of NPCA, said the removal of the derelict barbed wire fence would improve wildlife movement west of Yellowstone National Park over Reynolds Pass between Madison Valley, Montana, and Henry’s Lake, Idaho. For more information about volunteer projects, visit our volunteer page!
In May 2021, HFWA and other partners participated in a collaborative fence building and shoreline restoration project with Henrys Lake Foundation and Bureau of Land Management! Volunteers replaced harmful fencing with a wildlife-friendlier fence and planted willows along the lakeshore. There will be multiple phases of this project. Stay tuned for more!
Pronghorn Movement Study
Following two train collisions in Jefferson county in which a total of 96 pronghorn antelope were killed in January 2020, HFWA was eager to join the Idaho Chapter of Safari Club International and Friends of Camas in a pronghorn study in July 2020. The ongoing project is part of the current statewide effort by IDFG to collar pronghorn to study their seasonal movements. Understanding these migration patterns will help inform mitigation efforts to decrease wildlife mortality and sustain big game populations in Idaho. Click here to learn more!
Mark Harbaugh and Meghan Wolf assist with nets used to capture and collar pronghorn | Josh Rydalch
HFWA in Boise
In February 2020, a delegation of Henrys Fork Wildlife Alliance volunteers joined dozens of Idaho conservationists with diverse backgrounds in Boise for Idaho Wildlife Federation’s “Camo at the Capitol” event. The group met with legislators and the governor; interacted with the public; and learned more about the legislative process, and how each person can be involved on a policy level with the issues important to them. Below are some photos from the several days the volunteers spent in Idaho’s capitol city.
Henry’s Lake Restroom Murals
Henry’s Fork Wildlife Alliance and Henry’s Lake Foundation partnered with the Bureau of Land Management to fund and plan an art installation project in the bathrooms on the south end of Henrys Lake. Located near the western entrance to Yellowstone National Park, Henry’s Lake is one of Idaho’s great high mountain lakes.
BLM’s Monica Zimmerman, Outdoor Recreation Planner for the Upper Snake Field Office, saw the pristine, white interior walls as an empty canvas for something special.
Thank you to Helen Seay for creating these beautiful murals! Helen hopes visitors’ surprise encounters with the aquatic scenes of fish and birdlife will inspire all who “see them to make a difference in their own bit of conservation.”
The Great American Outdoors Act
HFWA Letter of Support
Henrys Fork Wildlife Alliance supported the Great American Outdoors Act (S.3422), signed into law on August 3, 2020. This bill will help fix public lands infrastructure, conserve irreplaceable lands, and support community recreation areas. Read HFWA’s letter for support below.
Dear Members of Congress,
Our organization, and the members we represent, strongly support passage and subsequent enactment of the Great American Outdoors Act (S. 3422) as quickly as possible. This bill is necessary to support the public lands we all rely upon by achieving the twin goals of protecting America’s special places and repairing deteriorating infrastructure. We urge you to vote in favor of this crucial legislation and to oppose any amendments to it.
The bill will help address priority repairs in our national parks and on other public lands by directing up to $9.5 billion over five years to address maintenance needs within the National Park System, other public land agencies, and Bureau of Indian Education schools. It will also fully and, permanently dedicate $900 million per year already being deposited into the Land and Water Conservation Fund, our nation’s most important conservation program, to ensure protection of and access to irreplaceable lands and local recreation opportunities.
This legislation was introduced on March 9 and has the strong bipartisan support of a majority of the Senate. It is consistent with legislation supported by a surpassing bipartisan majority in the House, and the President has specifically requested this bill for his signature, creating an unprecedented opportunity for a historic win for the American public and the places they care about.
The Great American Outdoors Act will ensure a future for nature to thrive, kids to play, and hunters and anglers to enjoy. National parks and public lands provide access to the outdoors for hundreds of millions of people every year and habitat for some of our country’s most iconic wildlife. These treasured places also tell the stories that define and unite us as a nation. Funds provided in this bill will secure these vital resources while preserving water quantity and quality, sustaining working landscapes and rural economies, increasing access for recreation for all Americans no matter where they live, and fueling the juggernaut of our outdoor economy.
In 2018, over 318 million national park visits led to $20.2 billion in direct spending at hotels, restaurants, outfitters, and other amenities in gateway communities, supporting over 329,000 jobs and generating over $40.1 billion in total economic output. Nationally, outdoor recreation contributes $778 billion in consumer spending and supports 5.2 million jobs.
The Great American Outdoors Act will ensure that our parks and other public lands continue to preserve our nation’s heritage and recreation opportunities, and that local communities and economies in these areas will continue to flourish.
We urge you to support our parks and public lands by voting for the Great American Outdoors Act (S. 3422) as a clean bill with no amendments. Thank you for considering this request.
Henrys Fork Wildlife Alliance