Sun Valley Bike Festival June 29 – July 8

Start off your July by checking out the 2nd Annual Sun Valley Bike Festival that runs from June 29-July 8! This is another great opportunity to get out and explore the landscape. The bike festival will include some of the best mountain bike courses in the country, selected from the Sun Valley area’s 400+ miles of continuous singletrack. Come join us in participating in the events – from racing to spectating to enjoying live music and good food. Learn more about events, registration, and more here.

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Discussions on Wildlife Managament and Conservation Easements

Brett Stevenson, Central Idaho Associate for the Idaho Conservation League, wrote a blog post on ICL’s website in response to an editorial in the Idaho Mountain Express. (Read IME’s article here)

Brett identifies that the newspaper took on a challenging task of “distinguishing between conservation easements and wildlife management issues” and further clarifies the difference between the two topics. We support the perspective in her blog post and encourage people to read it as well as the editorial. (Read the post Conservation Easements and Wildlife Management here)

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Explore the Pioneer Mountains

There are two great opportunities coming up to explore the Pioneer Mountains through photography and outdoor adventure!

This Wednesday, June 6th at 6pm, join us at the Ketchum Community library to view breathtaking images of the Pioneers through the lens of Kirk Anderson. Mike Stevens, of the Pioneers Alliance, will also be presenting on our work.

 

Don’t miss the 2nd Southern Pioneers Bike Tour on Saturday, June 16th at 9am. The tour begins at the Carey Pavilion for a 40-mile loop ride in the scenic landscape. There is an out-and-back option as well. Contact Brett Stevenson at Idaho Conservation League for more details and reservations.

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Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI) has launched a new website

In an effort to get the word out about the Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI), a new website has been created.

Highlights on the site include:

  • SGI Video Collection
  • SGI Success Tracker
  • SGI events and News
  • Funding Opportunities
  • Photo Library

Browse around the new site and engage with the information provided by the Sage Grouse Initiative here: http://sagegrouseinitiative.com/

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NRCS Meeting in Carey on GRP

Tonight, the Pioneers Alliance is hosting an informational session with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to discuss sign up opportunities for land owners for the Grassland Reserve Program (GRP). To learn more about this program follow this link.

The meeting will held at 6:00pm at Carey City Hall.

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Pronghorn Migration Study featured in High Country News

The latest issue of High Country News features wildlife migration. One article describes the importance of private lands for sustaining pronghorn migration. This article mentions the pronghorn migration study conducted by the Lava Lake Institute, in partnership with the Pioneers Alliance.

To read the article click here.

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First levy project approved in Blaine County

The Blaine County Commissioners have approved the first levy project. The grant awarded will contribute to the protection of over 1,000 acres on Flat Top Ranch in Southern, Idaho and sustain a conservation easement that helps to protect an important corridor for pronghorn migration. The money was funded by the Blaine County Land, Water and Wildlife Levy. Read the full article in the Idaho Mt. Express: http://www.mtexpress.com/index2.php?ID=2005139865

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