Our 2019 Idaho Gives goal is to raise $30,000 toward our Farms and Fish Program. While wild trout and agriculture might not seem like a natural pair, bridging local irrigators and the Henry’s Fork fishery can bring benefits to water resources and the health of the river at a more significant scale than ever before. HFF, Friends of the Teton River, Trout Unlimited, and The Nature Conservancy are working with major agricultural producers and landowners in our area to reducing irrigation demand and keep water in Island Park Reservoir.
Every donation made to the Henry’s Fork Foundation will be matched dollar for dollar by generous members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, up to $15,000!
A key way to achieve irrigation demand reduction is through land-lease agreements, including agreements to not divert water from the river. The Farms and Fish Program also incentivizes farmers to plant alternative crops that use less water, or use water outside the peak irrigation demand, as well as improve soil health, reduce wind erosion and sediment runoff, and benefit water quality. To be successful into the future, the Farms and Fish Program must be self-sustaining by creating or supporting markets for these crops that use less water, and must have skilled staff to establish partnerships and monitor progress in the field. HFF and partners estimate that, in its first few years, the program needs about $400,000 annually to achieve the goal of meaningful water savings in Island Park for the benefit of the fishery. The program has made a strong start, but we need your help to achieve our goals of improved water quality and better flows for wild trout.
PLUS for every donation of $50 or more you will receive fantastic gifts for each giving level. In addition, with a donation of $100 or more you will receive 5 raffle tickets for a chance to win a Hyde Rocky Mountain Skiff. Drawing will be held at Henry's Fork Days XXXV, June 22, 2019.
For example, if you donate $1,250, you’ll receive a Limited Edition LOOP Anniversary Reel and 5 raffle tickets. For a $3,500 life membership donation, you’ll receive the a Limited Edition Anniversary Rod and Reel, PLUS 5 Hyde Drift Boat raffle tickets.