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Governor’s Salmon Workgroup

Mission Statement
Develop policy recommendations for Governor Little through a collaborative, consensus driven, public process to restore abundant, sustainable, and well distributed populations of salmon and steelhead in Idaho for present and future generations, while recognizing diverse interests throughout the State.

In April of 2019, Governor Brad Little tasked his Office of Species Conservation with establishing a workgroup dedicated to addressing salmon and steelhead issues. The purpose of the Governor’s Salmon Workgroup is to bring together a diverse set of stakeholders to collaboratively develop a unified policy recommendation for Governor Little to assist him as he shapes Idaho’s policy on salmon and steelhead recovery.

“Idaho has shown time after time that we are a leader in collaborative conservation efforts. I look forward to receiving the policy recommendations from my Salmon Workgroup. Together we will develop effective salmon and steelhead policy for Idaho to ensure that abundant and sustainable populations of salmon and steelhead exist for present and future generations to enjoy.”

Governor Brad Little
Sockeye Roundup, Sept. 2013
Sockeye Roundup, Sept. 2013

The workgroup hosted several meetings throughout Idaho to provide opportunities to share perspectives on salmon and steelhead recovery.

The workgroup brought together leaders in our community to develop Idaho-based, innovative approaches to Idaho salmon and steelhead policy. Workgroup members include representatives from industry, conservation, sportsmen, state and local leaders, and other stakeholders. Specific representatives include:

  • Brian Brooks – Idaho Wildlife Federation
  • Paul Arrington – Idaho Water Users Association
  • John Simpson – Barker Rosholt & Simpson LLP
  • Brett Dumas – Idaho Power
  • David Doeringsfeld – Port of Lewiston
  • Will Hart – Idaho Consumer Owned Utilities Association
  • Scott Hauser – Upper Snake River Tribes Foundation
  • Chad Colter – Shoshone-Bannock Tribes
  • Jim Yost – Northwest Power and Conservation Council
  • Joe Oatman – Nez Perce Tribe
  • Kira Finkler – Trout Unlimited
  • Justin Hayes – Idaho Conservation League
  • Mark Menlove – The Nature Conservancy
  • Stacey Satterlee – Idaho Grain Producers
  • Senator Dan Johnson – Pro-Temp designee, Idaho State Senate
  • Representative Fred Wood – Speaker designee, Idaho House of Representatives
  • Richard Scully – Sportsman
  • Aaron Lieberman – Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association
  • Roy Akins – Idaho River Community Alliance
  • Merrill Beyeler – Former State Representative/Rancher
  • Mike Edmondson – Office of Species Conservation

Final Workgroup Documents

Big Timber Creek, Lemhi River Tributary
Big Timber Creek, Lemhi River Tributary

Workgroup Meeting Information and Presentations

Governor’s Salmon Workgroup Meeting in Salmon, Idaho – 7/30/2019 – 7/31/2019  Agenda
Habitat Funding Panel:
Habitat Restoration Panel:
Meeting Notes:
Handouts:
Governor’s Salmon Workgroup Meeting in Lewiston, Idaho – 9/20/19 Agenda
Governor’s Salmon Workgroup Meeting in Twin Falls, Idaho – 10/29/19 – 10/30/19 Agenda
10/29/19 – Presentations
10/30/19 – Presentations
Meeting Notes
Governor’s Salmon Workgroup Meeting in Boise, Idaho – 11/19/19 Agenda
Meeting Notes
Governor’s Salmon Workgroup Meeting in Boise, Idaho – 1/17/20 – 1/18/20 Agenda
Meeting Notes

 

Media Advisories

06/19/2019 – Governor’s Salmon Workgroup to hold first meeting 6/28/2019

07/16/2019 – Governor’s Salmon Workgroup hosting public meeting in Salmon, Idaho

09/11/2019 – Governor’s Salmon Workgroup hosting public meeting in Lewiston, Idaho

10/22/2019 – Governor’s Salmon Workgroup to hold meeting in Twin Falls, Idaho

11/13/2019 – Governor’s Salmon Workgroup to hold public meeting in Boise, Idaho

01/13/2020 – Governor’s Salmon Workgroup will hear public comments and meet in Boise, Idaho

02/24/2020 – Governor’s Salmon Workgroup will hear public comments and meet in Nampa, Idaho

04/21/2020 – Governor’s Salmon Workgroup will hear public comments and meet via Zoom on April 28 and 29

05/27/2020 – Governor’s Salmon Workgroup will hear public comments and meet via Zoom on May 27 and 28

07/1/2020 – Governor’s Salmon Workgroup will hear public comments and meet via Zoom on July 8 and 9

08/24/2020 – Governor’s Salmon Workgroup will hear public comments and meet via Zoom on August 26 and 27

09/23/2020 – Governor’s Salmon Workgroup will hear public comments and meet via Zoom on September 29 and 30

10/26/2020 – Governor’s Salmon Workgroup will hear public comments and meet via Zoom on October 27

11/12/2020 – Governor’s Salmon Workgroup will hear public comments and meet via Zoom on November 12

12/2/2020 – Governor’s Salmon Workgroup will hear public comments and meet via Zoom on December 2

12/8/2020 – Governor’s Salmon Workgroup will hear public comments and meet via Zoom on December 15

 

Public Comment

Submission

The Governor’s Salmon Workgroup accepted written comments until 5pm MST on December 14th, 2020. The Workgroup appericates all of the public input received during this process.

Archive

Below are combined PDF’s of written comments recieved by the Governor’s Salmon Workgroup.

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