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Whether your Idaho pickup has turned into the lot a thousand times or your rental car is taking you on your inaugural visit, there is only one thing that can get in the way of a world-class trout-fishing experience on the Henry’s Fork.
A “No Trespassing” sign.
Help us protect, improve, and secure this unique fishery for generations to come. Act now and your contribution to the Henry’s Fork Access Project will be tripled.
The Right to Fish Idaho’s Henry’s Fork: The Decision is Yours.
The possibility of public access being prohibited on the Henry’s Fork is very real. The land parcel that includes the Stone Bridge access point is currently on the market. Access at nearby Vernon Bridge is also threatened. At present, these bridges provide public access to the lower Henry’s Fork, the least hydrologically altered and most dependable fishery of the entire mainstem Henry’s Fork. Guides, outfitters, their clients, and the general public all use the river year-round.
The landowners of these parcels have drafted an agreement with the Henry’s Fork Foundation (HFF) of Ashton, ID, that will gives the organization an opportunity to purchase the Stone Bridge site and create a permanent access point on existing public ground at Vernon Bridge. When the sites are secured, both will be managed for river access in perpetuity by Fremont County. If $250,000 is not raised by January 31, 2006, the land at Stone Bridge will forthwith be sold to developers hungry to capitalize on the region, where land prices are low and the scenery is priceless. Access at Vernon Bridge may also be lost forever if the goal is not met.
Time is running out. Act Today.
Make your contribution now to save public access to the best fishing on the Henry’s Fork. This is probably the last, best chance to assure perpetual access at two of the most important sites on the lower Henry’s Fork. Moreover, it is an opportunity to stabilize streambanks, revitalize riparian zones, reduce sediment input to the Henry’s Fork, and control growing traffic and parking problems.
Stone Bridge is near the confluence of Robinson Creek and Warm River, an area already familiar to many Orvis customers as it is also near Three Rivers Ranch, the oldest Orvis-Endorsed Lodge in our program. The upland plateau immediately above Stone Bridge is already slated for development, with several homes already built and dozens of lots for sale.
As an alternative to development, public access can promote sustainable use of river resources and provides a way for humans to use the river while limiting the negative consequences. Every organism in the ecosystem leans on a fragile balance of nutrient cycles for its own survival and future, and even a minor disruption can mean peril for a species and start a rapid cascade effect.
Triple Your Contribution
The Orvis Company has pledged support for the Henry’s Fork Access Project during 2005. The Orvis Company and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation will match each contribution made to the project dollar-for-dollar. Your $100 donation will result in a $300 contribution to the Henry’s Fork Foundation Access project.