Governor's salmon work group starts work June 28

Governor's salmon work group starts work June 28
Posted at 5:34 AM, Jun 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-20 07:34:46-04

BOISE, Idaho — The first meeting of Governor Brad Little's Salmon Workgroup will be held on June 28 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Idaho Room at the Idaho State Museum. The meeting is open to the public and Governor Little will address the group at 8:30 a.m.

Governor Little directed his Office of Species Conservation (OSC) in April to assemble the workgroup dedicated to addressing salmon issues. The workgroup is bringing together diverse stakeholders to develop a unified policy recommendation to help Governor Little shape Idaho policy on salmon recovery.

“Idaho has shown time after time we are a leader in collaborative conservation efforts in the Northwest,” Governor Little said. “I sincerely look forward to receiving the policy recommendations from mySalmon Workgroup. Together we will develop effective salmon and steelhead policy for Idaho to ensure that abundant and sustainable populations of salmon and steelhead exist for present and future generations to enjoy.”

The agenda and call-in number for out-of-town residents to participate, along with more information about the workgroup, is available on the OSC website.

There will be several meetings throughout Idaho to provide opportunites to share perspectives on the salmon policy in Idaho. The meetings will be announced in the coming weeks.

The workgroup brings together leaders in our communities to develop Idaho-based, innovative approaches to the Idaho salmon and stealhead policy. Workgroup members include representatives from industry, conservation, sportsmen, state and local leaders and other various stakeholders. Members include:

Paul Arrington – Idaho Water Users Association
Merrill Beyeler – Former State Representative/Rancher
John Simpson – Barker Rosholt & Simpson LLP
Brett Dumas – Idaho Power
David Doeringsfeld – Port of Lewiston
Will Hart – Idaho Consumer Owner Utilities Association
Jim Yost – Northwest Power and Conservation Council
Scott Hauser – Upper Snake River Tribes Foundation
Ladd Edmo – Shoshone-Bannock Tribes
Joe Oatman – Nez Perce Tribe
Kira Finkler – Trout Unlimited
Justin Hayes – Idaho Conservation League
Mark Menlove – The Nature Conservancy
Brian Brooks – Idaho Wildlife Federation
Stacey Satterlee – Idaho Grain Producers
Senator Dan Johnson – Pro-Tem designee, Idaho State Senate
Representative Fred Wood – Speaker designee, Idaho House of Representatives
Richard Scully – Sportsman
Aaron Lieberman – Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association
Roy Aikin – Idaho River Community Alliance
Scott Pugrud – OSC Administrator