The Idaho Fish & Wildlife Foundation partnered with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and local businesses to help fund Aquatic Invasive Wader Wash Disinfection Stations in the Island Park area.
The Idaho Fish & Wildlife Foundation helped fund wash stations at Harriman State Park in the Ranch parking area, the U.S. Forest Service parking area in Last Chance, Trouthunter, Henry’s Fork Anglers, the Flat Ranch Preserve, and at the Henry’s Fork Foundation Extension office across from Mountain Mayhem. These stations were up and running for the 2013 fishing season and remained in operation through October. The stations provided a great opportunity to educate the public about invasive species and to provide an opportunity for fishermen to disinfect their gear. To read more Click here
Gene Wright, a retired mechanic from Burley, Idaho, sometimes known as the Habitat Handyman, landed a spot as one of six finalists in Field & Stream magazine’s national Heroes of Conservation Awards. Field and Stream’s “Heroes of Conservation” program was created to recognize sportsmen’s efforts to protect fish and wildlife.
Wright has participated in the Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s volunteer reservist program for 22 years. Wright’s 8,000 hours of volunteering have included building fences, pheasant stocking, tag check-ins, fishing clinics, counting wild animals, teaching hunting, planting seedling, and checking anglers’ catch. He has said the best part is creating opportunities that benefit future generations. “Our habitat needs attention, and kids need someone to educate and inspire them. And if my story can inspire just one new volunteer, that would make a big enough difference, for me.”
Randy Smith, Regional wildlife manager for Fish and Game, said “Gene has developed and evolved into a rock star of wildlife conservation; he never says no. It’s incredible what he’s done.”
Gene continued his generosity with donating the grant awarded him for a project of his choosing to the Idaho Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The funds have been designated for projects in the Magic Valley region of Idaho. THANK YOU, GENE!
The Foundation’s grants program provides funding on a competitive basis to nonprofit organizations, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and tax-exempt organizations for projects that sustain, restore or enhance understanding of Idaho’s fish and wildlife resources and are aligned with the Foundation’s mission. Grants are limited to $5,000 per project.
To qualify for grant support, projects generally address one or more of the following areas:
• Habitat Conservation: Projects that aid in the protection, restoration or improvement of habitats.
• Fish and Wildlife Management: Projects that apply management principles to protect or enhance fish and wildlife.
• Education and Outreach: Projects that help educate Idahoans of all ages about the state’s wildlife resources.
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The deadline for applications is May 30, 2014.
It is anticipated that awards will be announced in August for projects to be completed by December 31, 2015.
Tribute and memorial gifts are a way to reach out to friends and family while supporting work that benefits wildlife conservation, management and education for generations to come. They can be made at any time of the year, for any reason, including birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, promotions, weddings or any other event or accomplishment that you would like to recognize.
Memorial giving offers a thoughtful way of remembering friends and family members. It’s a meaningful way to pay tribute and show how they live on in our hearts. When you make a memorial gift to the Idaho Fish & Wildlife Foundation, you are supporting its work in preserving Idaho’s rich wildlife diversity and honoring the memory or accomplishments of a beloved friend or family member.
When you give a commemorative gift, a personalized letter is promptly sent to the individual or family you have specified, letting them know of your donation made in their honor. The recipient is not informed of the specific amount of your gift. You will receive a receipt for your tax-deductible contribution.
The Foundation would like to thank all those that donated in 2013 to recognize and honor the following family members and friends:
John “AK” Barker
Joe and Rosemary Peak
Fallen Service Members
Twin Falls Peregrine Falcon