Sawtooth Society concludes the “Northwest in Transition” plan engages much-needed political attention to the plight of Snake River Steelhead and Salmon.

The Sawtooth Society’s mission is to preserve, protect, and enhance the Sawtooth National Recreation Area (SNRA).

A key part of our mission is protecting the fish and wildlife values of the SNRA. Given the imminent threat of extinction of the Snake River salmon, the Sawtooth Society believes it is time to work together to prevent such a catastrophic loss to the local ecosystem, economy, and local communities.

The Sawtooth Society appreciates Representative Mike Simpson’s strong leadership in crafting his recently released salmon recovery proposal, “Northwest in Transition – Salmon, Dams and Energy – What If.”

The Society acknowledges this is an extremely complex and challenging issue, one that impacts constituencies in multiple states, and one that can only be addressed in partnership amongst the Idaho Delegation in close collaboration with the memberships of the other Northwest Delegations.

The Society believes Representative Simpson’s leadership efforts to gather key Idaho and regional stakeholders together has brought much-needed fact, focus, and political attention to the plight of the Snake River salmon and steelhead.

After careful review of Simpson’s proposal, the Sawtooth Society has concluded that supporting the “Northwest in Transition – Salmon, Dams and Energy – What If?” proposal offers the most appropriate place to begin the critically needed regional debate to move forward with legislation focused on salmon recovery. The Society’s conclusion has been shared directly with Senator Mike Crapo, Representative Mike Simpson, Senator Jim Risch, Governor Brad Little, and Representative Russ Fulcher.

The Sawtooth Society encourages the public to review Senator Simpson’s comprehensive proposal and supporting video explanation. These sources of information are available at in the “What we do” tab and on the Senator’s website.

Please join the Society in learning about the possibilities in the “Northwest in Transition – Salmon, Dams and Energy” proposal, and together, we look forward to the day when salmon returns increase at the headwaters of the Salmon River in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area.

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