Governor Little thanks Salmon Workgroup and moves forward with recommendations

Governor Brad Little issued a thank you letter to the members of his Salmon Workgroup on June 28th, 2021. In his letter, he acknowledged their time, dedication and effort to the cause. These efforts led to the conclusion of the workgroup and its 29 policy recommendations. Governor Little will move forward with all 29 of these recommendations, which he wrote will help move Idaho closer to meeting its goal to have “healthy and abundant stocks of salmon and steelhead.”

These species are important to the state of Idaho because they increase opportunity in the state as well as the broader Columbia Basin, which is imperative for present and future generations. Governor Little writes that meaningful recommendations like those from the Salmon Workgroup put Idaho in a better position to advocate and implement change as well as show how Idaho is a leader in collaborative conservation efforts.

Read the letter on our Salmon Workgroup Page under Final Workgroup Documents.

Governor Little appoints Mike Edmondson as OSC Administrator

Governor Brad Little announced on Monday, May 24, 2021 that Mike Edmondson will take over as administrator of the Governor’s Office of Species Conservation (OSC). Edmonson has been serving as interim administrator since August of 2020.

“Mike Edmondson has a long history of working with landowners and industry to ensure that Idaho works to conserve and recover species while our economy remains vibrant. He has a proven track record in natural resource policy, and he was instrumental in leading my Salmon Workgroup. I am confident he will carry over that leadership and collaborative spirit into his new role as OSC administrator,” Governor Little said.

As administrator, a significant focus for Edmondson will be working with state and federal partners on Greater Sage Grouse conservation while ensuring that federal overreach is avoided. He will also implement recommendations of the Governor’s Salmon Workgroup.

Edmondson’s position as administrator is effective as of May 24, 2021. A link to the full announcement can be found here. 

Sage Grouse Actions Team RFP’s Available

Applications for the upcoming FY22 season of Actions Team funding are now available. Applications are due by May 3rd, 2021. Priorities for funding include helping equip RFPAs to improve fire suppression capabilities, build strategic fuel breaks to slow the spread of wildfire, restore areas that have been degraded by wildfire from encroached juniper trees and annual grasses, restore and improve brood rearing habitat, and enhance the monitoring of sage grouse activity.