In cooperation with the Caribou-Targhee National Forest and Harriman State Park, the Henry's Fork Foundation recently completed a project to improve access at Fish Pond and improve the function of the Fish Pond spillway. Utilizing funds from the Caribou-Targhee Resource Advisory Committee and expertise from the USFS and HFF staff (thanks to Brad Higginson, Bill Davis, and Jarrod Hansen), the project repaired the main access road, closed off small spur roads, and established a parking area with interpretive sign.
Thanks to the Idaho Nonprofit Center for choosing the Henry's Fork Foundation as one of six recipients for excellence awards this year. I was privileged to travel to Boise to represent the Foundation at the awards presentation, accompanied by Mick Mickelson, one of the founding directors of the Foundation. Please click here for details about the award and the work we do.
We are excited to inform you of an exclusive offer only available to current Henry’s Fork Foundation Life Members. For a donation of $1,000, you will receive a custom Simms HFF Life Member jacket, your choice of men’s or women’s (pictured below), as well as renew your Green Drake Society membership for one year.
As a reminder, the Green Drake Society is an elite group made up of Henry’s Fork Foundation members who donate $1,000 or more annually. As a Green Drake Society member, you receive special invitations to exclusive dinners, receptions, and trips.
The Henry's Fork Watershed Council annual field tour August 12, 2014, include stops at the Sheridan Creek Restoration Project on Green Canyon Road west of Island Park Reservoir, Island Park Dam, Box Canyon boat ramp, and Chester Dam. We started out with about 40 people, and added and lost a few throughout the day. I always learn a lot on these field trips, and this one was no exception. I am impressed with the work done by the Watershed Council and its co-facilitators, the Henry's Fork Foundation and the Fremont-Madison Irrigation District.
Many of you have asked about management of flows in the Henry’s Fork downstream of Island Park Dam during the summer and fall of 2013. During July, flows were high when irrigation water was being delivered out of Island Park Reservoir, but they were not nearly as high as the real-time streamflow values that appeared on the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) water data web site at the time. Similarly, flows have been dropped to very low levels over the past few weeks to facilitate storage of water in the reservoir, but these flows are not nearly as low as
Last week, Fall River Rural Electric Co-op finished installing an inflatable rubber bladder on the top of Chester Dam, completing all construction activities at the dam. The co-op expects to inflate the rubber bladder and begin full operation of the power plant at the end of March.
In 2014 and 2015, we will host two exclusive fishing trips. We were fortunate to secure two premiere fishing lodge experiences and we want to share them with you. With each trip you will learn about the work being done by the Foundation, get to know our Executive Director and Conservation Fund Director, meet HFF board members, and enjoy incredible fishing.
In his annual budget address on January 6, Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter proposed $15 million in the fiscal 2015 budget to fund water-supply projects, two of which have the potential to affect stream flows in the Henry’s Fork. The governor pledged $2.5 million toward a proposal that would expand the storage capacity of Island Park Reservoir by about 20 percent over its current capacity.
Dave Hall, a long-time friend of the Foundation, is once again offering a great way to put beautiful art on your wall while supporting HFF. Dave will donate all proceeds from the sale of Moving Water LLC’s 2014 poster to the Foundation. At on ly $29.95, the poster would make a great holiday gift.
Taking place December 3, 2013 – the Tuesday after Thanksgiving – #GivingTuesday will harness the power of social media to create a national movement around the holidays dedicated to giving, similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days that are, today, synonymous with holiday shopping.