All About the Pioneers

Cobb, Hyndman, and Old Hyndman jutting into the horizon are a memorable welcome to the Wood River Valley from the south. These peaks are also a large part of what makes the view from Baldy spectacular.

The Pioneers are, of course, much more than three impressive peaks. At 12,000 feet, they nourish a network of high mountain lakes and streams. Out of sight from our favorite vantage points are the rolling hills that give way to productive farmland, punctuated to the south by lava beds.

The Pioneers are part of a remarkably pristine landscape that supports thriving wildlife populations, working farms and ranches, diverse ecosystems, and hunting and recreation opportunities.

On February 16, Mike Stevens of Pioneer Mountain Group and Lava Lake Land & Livestock will highlight the natural and cultural heritage of the Pioneers. Mike has spent considerable time working and recreating in this area. He has a wealth of knowledge on the recent pronghorn studies, sheep ranching, land management, the area’s geography and history, and current conservation efforts with the Pioneers Alliance.

Come enjoy a slide show and learn more about the land that lies directly east of the Wood River Valley.

Wednesday, February 16, 12-1pm

At the Community Library in Ketchum

Free Idaho Conservation League Brown Bag Lunch

Blaine County LAB Now Accepting Pre-Applications

The Blaine County Land Advisory Board (LAB) is now accepting pre-applications for its Blaine County Land Water and Wildlife Program. Landowners can review the program guide here, which provides background information on the LAB, the Land, Water and Wildlife Program, as well as information on how the LAB will make funding decisions. The LAB is looking for landowners interested in finding funding for projects that fulfill its mission “to protect lands and water quality in the Big Wood and Little Wood River valleys, protect wildlife habitat throughout the county, and protect working farms and ranches in the county.”

After reviewing this information, landowners can complete a pre-application here. The LAB accepts pre-applications at any time and will evaluate them every month. After the LAB reviews a pre-application, they can recommend that the project complete a full application. The Blaine County LAB website has full information on the entire application and funding process, along with all necessary documents here.