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Henry’s Fork Foundation enlightens view of fisheries stewardship

A fly fisher releases a rainbow trout back into the Henry's Fork near Ashton, Idaho. (Rich Landers)
A fly fisher releases a rainbow trout back into the Henry's Fork near Ashton, Idaho. (Rich Landers)

FISHING -- A great trout stream can still be a natural attraction in our developed world, but it isn't likely to survive all the pressures human activity can inflict without some support. 

In the case of Idaho's Henry's Fork, a fabled tributary to the Snake River, fly fishers stepped up big. They waded in with their time, money and an approach to collaboration the goes beyond the sport from the foundations of business and science.

In my Sunday two-story package stemming from a recent visit to the Henry's Fork near Island Park and Ashton, Idaho, I highlighted the efforts of the much-copied Henry's Fork Foundation. (Doug Siddoway, a Spokane attorney, is a board member.)  A simple but important quote from Brandon Hoffner, the executive director, was cut from my story in the newspaper, but it's worth highlighting for the insight and lesson to all of us:

“It took time for us to figure out we needed to be about hydrology and water management, not just about fish.”

 




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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