Fish and Game Asks for Comment on Wildlife Plan Revision

BOISE • The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is asking for public input on the 10-year revision of the Idaho State Wildlife Action Plan.

When completed, the Action Plan is intended to conserve fish and wildlife by helping landowners, resource-based industries and land management agencies choose programs and on-the-ground activities that benefit those species that need the most help, Fish and Game said. All strategies suggested in the Action Plan are voluntary and will help prevent future endangered species listings.

The plan describes key conservation targets (fish and wildlife species and their habitats), threats to those targets such as noxious weeds and wildfire, and recommended actions to address the threats.

Submit your input by going online to the Idaho State Wildlife Action Plan page on Fish and Game’s website at Idfg.idaho.gov/swap.

The deadline for submitting comments is Jan. 20.

Comments will be summarized and presented to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission for consideration prior to submitting the draft to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for review and approval.

Idaho’s State Wildlife Action Plan is part of a nationwide effort by all 50 states and U.S. territories. It falls under the umbrella of the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants (SWG) Program. Created in 2000, the program provides funding for the conservation of wildlife diversity in the states and territories, and Idaho receives about $550,000 annually through this program, Fish and Game said.

Idaho’s Action Plan was developed using input from working groups of Idahoans including sportsmen, conservationists, landowners and community leaders as well as agency representatives.

Learn Avalanche Basics Tonight, Saturday

HAILEY | The Sawtooth Avalanche Center will teach a class on avalanche basics tonight in Hailey.

The classroom session is set for 6-8 p.m. today, Jan. 7, in Wood River High School's Performing Arts Theater. The center suggests a donation of $5 for a student and $10 for an adult.

The two-hour presentation introduces basic concepts about snow, avalanches and traveling safely in and near avalanche terrain. No preregistration is required.

Tonight's classroom session is required in order to register for and attend the optional field session on Saturday, Jan. 9. Suggested donation for the field session is $40.