Idaho's South Fork, Henrys Fork, and Main Snake Rivers are imminently threatened by unfettered residential and commercial development. This project is like no other in the west. Gliding through mountains, canyons, and meadows, and the vast farmlands of the Snake River plains, a 1980 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service evaluation rated the upper Snake Rivers the most valuable, biodiverse, and unique ecosystem in Idaho. The riparian corridor, lined with commanding cottonwood galleries and a lush shrub understory, sustains a broad variety of plants, fish, birds, and wildlife populations as well as prime farm and ranchland. It is home for multiple federally-threatened and endangered plant and animal species including the majority of
Idaho ’s bald eagle production (with 26 nesting territories), and the yellow-billed cuckoo (a candidate species). The rivers provide a world famous, blue ribbon fishery, supporting the largest wild Yellowstone cutthroat trout population outside of
National Park. In addition to outstanding fishing, diverse opportunities exist for boating, camping, hiking, hunting, and sightseeing; accounting for 335,000 recreational visits per year generating $20 million per year into the local economy.