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6th Annual Bike Tour in the Pioneers-Craters Landscape


Join us for the Annual Pioneers Bike Tour on Saturday June 25th, 2016! Come on out and meet up with the Pioneers Alliance on a bike tour in Craters of the Moon National Monument led by National Park Service staff and members of the Pioneers Alliance.  This year, there will be two rides — a family ride through the Craters of the Moon National Monument, and a 16-mile mountain bike ride through the Old Pioneer Trail. Come explore this unique landscape!

Meet: 9:00am, Craters of the Moon Visitor Center

For more information, or to make a reservation, contact Brian with the Idaho Conservation League at 208-726-7485 or


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Regional Conservation Partnership Program Funding Available for Farmers in the Big and Little Wood Watersheds

center pivotFarmers in the Big Wood and Little Wood River watersheds can apply for funding from the Natural Resources Conservation Service under the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) to carry out water conservation practices. The sign-up period runs through September 25, 2015.

The Idaho Water Resource Board’s (Board) Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer Stabilization RCPP project will receive NRCS funding in the amount of $1.1 million. The Board’s Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer Stabilization RCPP projects will help farmers employ several specific strategies to stabilize and recover groundwater levels. The Big Wood River is an essential resource for agriculture in our community.

“I’m very excited for the opportunity to work collaboratively with the Idaho Water Resources Board on their RCPP Project,” said Curtis Elke, State Conservationist. “The collaborative effort shows that we can work together as strong partners to address natural resource issues here in Idaho.”

The Board identified three ways farmers can contribute to sustaining the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer within the Big and Little Wood Watersheds: 1) removal of end-guns and irrigated corners on pivot irrigated fields, 2) variable rate irrigation (VRI) pivot enhancements, and 3) flood irrigation enhancements. The Board associated these methods with specific project areas within the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer and Big and Little Wood watersheds so recommended practices vary from county to county.

“The Idaho Water Resource Board’s RCPP funding award will support the State of Idaho’s on-going efforts to stabilize and recover groundwater levels in the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer” said Water Board Chairman Roger Chase.

Farmers can apply for RCPP funding for activities that relate to these three strategies. Farmers can apply to and contract directly with NRCS. Applications must be received by September 25, 2015.
To find out what practices are available in your county, contact one of these NRCS offices to get more information or apply for the program:

Arco – Jesse Fullmer, 208-527-8557 x 105; 125 South Water St., Arco
Gooding – Steve Thompson, 208-934-8481 x 114; 820 Main St., Gooding
Jerome & Shoshone – Patti Hurley, 208-886-2258 x 112; 215 West Front St., Shoshone
Twin Falls – Steve Schuyler, 208-733-5380 x 130; 1441 Fillmore St., Suite A, Twin Falls,

The Idaho Water Resources Board (IWRB) received special funding through USDA’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) to help stabilize the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifers. The project is a joint effort by the Idaho Water Resources Board and the NRCS.

For more information about the Regional Conservation Partnership Program see the following flyer:
RCPP Handout

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Pioneers Birding Tour on May 11

On Sunday, May 11th 2014, the Wood River Land Trust and the Idaho Conservation League, both members of the Pioneers Alliance, will host a birding tour in the Pioneer Mountains.  Led by local birding experts, we will see many bird species while visiting Pioneers Alliance conservation projects.  Space limited.  Contact Keri York at Wood River Land Trust at 788-3947 to RSVP. 

American Bittern. Wood River Land Trust photo

American Bittern. Wood River Land Trust photo

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Pavilion Dedication and Field Tour Wrap up

The Boyd L. Stocking Memorial Pavilion Dedication in Carey this past Saturday was a great success! The day was started with a field tour hosted by the Pioneers Alliance showcasing the Pioneers-Craters area. The tour involved a flight over the landscape provided by Lighthawk, and later a discussion of key issues and projects in the Pioneers among the attending landowners and representatives of various agencies.

Later, the Alliance collaborated with the City of Carey, the Little Wood River Irrigation District, and the Carey Economic Revitalization Group (CERG) to put on the dedication ceremony for the pavilion. Opening statements were provided by Dustin Colton of the Carey City Council, Vonnie Olsen of CERG, and Jim Peterson of the Little Wood Irrigation District. The key speakers of the ceremony included Congressman Mike Simpson as well as county commissioners Angenie McCleary and Larry Schoen.

We were glad to be a part of such a great event, and thanks to everyone who contributed!

Lois Stocking and Congressman Mike Simpson cut the ribbon to the pavilion.


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Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve Awarded Grant by National Park Foundation

The Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve was recently awarded a 2012 Impact Grant by the National Park Foundation. The National Park Foundation is a non-profit organization that serves as one of the primary charities of National Parks in the US. The funding from this grant will contribute to the continued efforts of the Passage for Pronghorn project, which works to improve the pronghorn migration corridor by removing or altering fences.

Learn more about the grant here.

The unique landscape of the Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve

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