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Raising Pinkies for Trout

April 4th, 2009 · No Comments

Last night, the Henry’s Fork Foundation hosted a reception in San Francisco, overlooking the bay. The evening was informative, entertaining, and delicious – part celebration of the 25 years of conservation and part fund-raiser.

The Henry’s Fork Foundation was founded 25 years ago, in response to plans to harvest hydro-electric power from the Mesa Falls section of the river. Now, the 50 miles of river between the Island Park dam and Ashton Reservoir are protected from future dams. Their mission is to protect the fish and the water-shed for future generations to enjoy.

They fund scientific research, take action to preserve habitat and access, and general stewardship of the water-shed. Several recent projects are

  • Channel restoration of Henry’s Lake Outlet
  • Negotiation with the irrigation authorities to keep minimum winter flows out of Island Park dam (crucial for the first year survival of wild trout)
  • Fish ladders to allow passage where the trout should pass, and screens to prevent fish from going where they shouldn’t (irrigation canals at diversion dams).
  • Habitat restoration, installation and maintenance of  riparian fencing
  • Securing access to the river, recently they purchased the land at the Stone Bridge access.
  • Research into the migration habits of trout in the system through tracking.

Entertainment came, in part, from a slide show by Val Atkinson sharing his images of Henry’s Fork. He also donated a print for the auction.

Many people and organizations donated goods and services for the donation. My personal favorite, which will be personally enjoyed, came from Quivira Vineyards, in the Dry Creek valley of Sonoma county. If you see this wine, buy a bottle. You will be supporting steelhead restoration in addition to enjoying a fine wine.

You may be thinking, why a reception for the Henry’s Fork in San Francisco?  Isn’t Island Park the polar opposite of San Francisco in any conceivable measure?  Well, a couple hundred people, and their checkbooks, attended the event.  Speaking for the attendees, thanks to the foundation for reaching out and letting us enjoy the river that we love for an extra evening.

Tags: River Keepers

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