In true St. Patrick’s Day fashion, we like it (forest) green, too! Here are some quick updates on issues and events we are involved with.
Hope you can join us this Saturday March 22 in the Great Room of the 1912 Center, 7pm-midnight, for the 2014 FOC Benefit Concert. Beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages and pizza will be for sale, along with the chance to spend a night at the Reflections Inn Bed & Breakfast on the Middle Fork Clearwater River! Concert tickets are only $10. This year’s line-up includes, Kelly Emo, Fiddlin’ Big Al, Garrett Clevenger, Pat McFarlane, Matti Sand and Smokin’ Mojo. Learn more.
FOC is excited to travel up to Coeur d’Alene this Thursday March 20 to deliver a short presentation about the contentious Upper Lochsa Land Exchange. The program starts at 12pm at the Iron Horse Restaurant and is part of the Kootenai Environmental Alliance’s long-standing Lunch & Learn program. Please consider writing a letter to Congress to assist us in our efforts to stop a potential legislative exchange.
The Idaho Fish & Game Department (IDFG) recently announced that 23-wolves were killed in February via aerial gunning from a Wildlife Services helicopter in the Lolo Zone of north-central Idaho. The Lolo Zone is one of the wildest and least roaded areas in all of Idaho, encompassing the North Fork Clearwater drainage and portions of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. Unfortunately, IDFG appears bent on turning our public wildlands into an elk farm for outfitters. If you are in the Boise area this Wednesday March 19, IDFG will be hosting a public hearing at 7pm, Washington Group Plaza, Main Auditorium, 720 East Park Blvd. Learn more.
This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act and we’ve got another great article for you to read, Mountain Bikes and Wilderness Don’t Mix by Howie Wolke.
And congratulations to Mike Garrity, Executive Director of Alliance for the Wild Rockies, for being chosen the 2013 Grassroots Activist of the Year by Counterpunch.
Let’s get wild this Saturday night for the benefit concert!
Brett Haverstick, Education & Outreach Director