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wood river land trust Summer 2013

Protecting the heart of the valley...now and for the future. 

From the Executive Director, Scott Boettger t’s been too cold for too long, welcome to summer” the sign at the Stanley coffee shops reads. I feel that way also. As wonderful as the winter months are in the Valley, I really enjoy the vibrant albeit quick summers. Thank goodness the days are long, so we can fill them with as many activities as possible while the weather is warm and the sun shines. In June, the kids and I were in Stanley picking morel mushrooms in the area of the Sawtooth National Forest that burned last year during the Halstead fire. Not much good can be said about forest fires, but the optimist in me at least finds the bounty of delicious morels a silver lining. What a glorious place we get to call home! Where else can you share the joy of discovery with your kids, free of charge and free of crowds where nothing but wilds and beauty around? Please enjoy the article on page 13, by our guest writer Kathy Richardson, about morels and the delicious recipes. We’d love to hear from you as you try out a few of our favorites (Don’t be shy…we’d be happy to taste any samples too). This summer also included weekends and evenings out in nature with friends and family, salmon fishing in Central Idaho, trout fishing at Magic Reservoir and experiencing the yearly occurrence of the prolific Brown Drake hatch at Silver Creek (see photo). Watching the Brown Drakes take flight out of water and fly upstream reminds me of the intricacies of nature. It also makes me appreciate each and every one of our contributors who help to protect and restore our lands and rivers. We’re happy to recognize our donors and volunteers in this issue. Your support of Wood 

River Land Trust is helping to leave a legacy for the following generations, giving them the opportunity to experience and connect with our natural surroundings. With your continued support, the Land Trust will watch over our beloved landscape. We also want to make sure that the lands we safeguard today are protected and stewarded after we are gone. To ensure that we leave a meaningful, lasting legacy, we are embarking on a new effort to empower the next generation of conservationists to champion our mission. Thanks to a generous donor, we are sponsoring high school kids throughout the Valley in our Student Conservation Council (SCC). The aim of the SCC is to get young people involved with the details of open space conservation so they too have a vested interest in our conservation projects. See article on page 15 for more detail. We are thrilled with the founding members and look forward to collaborating with them on a variety of issues for the Land Trust and our community. Thank you all for your support of the Land Trust, without you none of this would be possible. I hope you find the time to get outside and enjoy the wonders of the valley with those you love. Summer may be too short, but well worth the wait. Sincerely,

LEFT: Executive Director Scott Boettger fishing Silver Creek during Brown Drake Hatch ©DJMuehle2013 FACING: Big Wood River by Sun Peak ©DJMuehle


River Park at Sun Peak Restoration Efforts “We All Live Downstream.” – David Suzuki The Necessity for Restoration and Long-term Stewardship Since 2006, Wood River Land Trust has been working with the City of Ketchum, the BLM and the community to restore the Big Wood River along the River Park at Sun Peak, an area commonly referred to as Hulen Meadows pond. Our goal is simply to restore the health and function of this altered stretch of river.

The benefits to the community from our work will include: 1. Improving habitat for fish and wildlife; 2. Minimizing damage to homes, businesses, and roads during flooding events; and 3. Reducing sediment and erosion. 


HOV Staff Favorite Adult ©Chad Chorney

Hulen Meadows, now a residential area north of Ketchum, was originally Griffin Ranch, settled by Joseph F. Griffin. As one of the first non-indigenous settlers of the area, he set up tent and homesteaded the Griffin Ranch. Griffin helped lay out the streets for the town of Ketchum and was the first foreman of the first local mine, the Elkhorn mine. But change is inevitable. In the mid-1960s the area was developed by Rainie Curtis, who named the area after her father Claus Hulen. Because of residential and highway developments in the flood plain the Big Wood River has been altered and straightened. During high water years when the river surged over its banks, the urgency of emergency stream stabilization efforts to protect homes and infrastructure always takes priority over the cumulative, long-term effects of river alteration. This history of alteration forces us to maintain our river. Ultimately if we continue on this path, we will find that we have stream bank hardening and other more disastrous results. One only needs to look at urban settings, such as the Los Angeles River, to understand the dire consequences. As long as there is development in the flood plain, portions of the Big Wood River will always need to be maintained. Changes Caused by Man and Nature Nature, combined with development of the Wood River Valley has transformed local waterscapes and landscapes over the years. In the early 1990’s, Highway 75 was relocated and the Big Wood River channel was moved to accommodate the new highway. The Hulen Meadows “pond” was created as one of many sediment traps, with the goal of capturing the sediment and bed load carried downstream by the relocated river. Over the years, emergency stream bank hardening has taken place downstream through the city of Ketchum to prevent flooding of homes and businesses. This practice, throughout the Wood river Valley, has led to the straightening of the Big Wood River. Since 1943, the river has 

lost approximately 1.7 miles in length as measured from Warm Springs confluence to just south of Bellevue. During the Highway 75 realignment north of Ketchum, the Idaho Department of Transportation added several drop structures to help control water velocity and control head-cutting, allowing the river to naturally meander. Unfortunately, no one has been charged with the continued maintenance of these structures and they have long-surpassed their life expectancy. And finally nature always has her way. Flooding in our area occurs in the spring when snow melt from the mountains happens quickly and after large rain events. The flood of 2006 was a significant event in Ketchum with many properties within the 100-year floodplain submerged by the overflowing Big Wood River. The 2006 flood altered the function of the sediment trap. Sediment carried by the flood has accumulated in the inflow channel from the river to the artificial oxbow that makes up the “pond.” This blockage has prevented the delivery of fresh, oxygenated water into this part of the river and has forced sediment downstream. Algae now grow in the small body of water. As the water becomes more stagnant, it becomes an eyesore. Without proper stewardship, this small body of water has ceased to function as a sediment trap, ultimately exposing those living and working downstream to intensified flooding events. How a River Works Most often we hear about the direct effects rivers have on our well-being, including drinking water, irrigating farmland, and power for homes. In the larger scheme of life, however, the water system is a vital part of our ecosystem and influences weather conditions. River and stream systems carry large quantities of water from land to ocean. There, seawater is constantly evaporating, and the resulting vapor forms clouds. The clouds—carrying the moisture of the vapor—move over land, eventually releasing the moisture as precipitation. We experience it as rain in the spring and snow in the


Black cottonwood grove in fall colors surrounding pine ©MLWin

winter (at least that is what we hope for!). This movement of water from land to sea to air is called the ‘water cycle.’ As the system cycles through, it replenishes Earth’s supply of freshwater, which is essential to almost all living things. The speed of water flowing in a river is the ultimate cause for a continuing changing waterscape. There are many factors which can increase the magnitude and power of water flowing down river, thus causing streambank erosion, headcutting, silting and flooding (see side bar of river terms). Loss of streamside vegetation and river channel realignment are two major factors causing faster flowing rivers. Low gradient rivers, like we have here in the Valley, are naturally meandering. The force of energy and the restrictions of hardened stream banks cause water to move from one side to the other as fast water flows through a channel. As the water travels back and forth it disturbs rocks, branches and soil on the banks, carving out new paths and carrying sediment downstream. In the case of a straightened river such as this section of the Big Wood north of Ketchum, the water is unable to meander from side to side. If the water energy can’t move side to side, the only alternative is down, and in doing so, it incises the river. Although this phenomenon happens in all rivers, straightened rivers incise much more quickly. Importance of Clean, Healthy Waterscapes A flourishing watershed and healthy fish habitat enriches the life of our community. A variety of fish have become staples of our diet and local culture, creating opportunities for recreation and businesses. Although we do not have specific data for the Wood River Valley, we know that roughly 10 million Americans spend an average of 10 days a year angling the nation’s rivers. The estimated value their recreation brings to the economy ranges from $1.5 billion to $14 billion annually. However, the progress of our nation and growth in population has had unexpected consequences on our natural resources, particularly our watersheds. We are

­fortunate with a natural and resistant population of trout, but the habitat needs to be cared for otherwise we risk losing an important part of our ecosystem. Trout need cold water, clean water, food to eat, places to hide from predators, and clean gravel in which to lay their eggs. Although many trout live in just a short stretch of river, they are affected by what happens in their whole watershed. Because something that happens on the land can alter what they need to survive in their river habitat. Our native rainbow trout, for example, are well adapted to very cold environments, but they are not very tolerant to warm water or sediment. By improving and maintaining healthy fish habitat, we are keeping the business of fishing alive and ultimately sustaining the economy of our community that relies on tourism and recreation. A Community Based Solution As part of an overall plan for the River Park at Sun Peak, Wood River Land Trust created a strategy for restoration and stewardship of the natural resources found there. Restoring this place includes the following work. 1. Opening the inflow channel from the river to the lagoon: Clearing out the inflow channel will allow the river to cycle fresh water through the lagoon thus alleviating the growth of algae and minimizing the likelihood of stagnant conditions. With these restoration efforts, the artificial oxbow will again function as a sediment collection area for the river as was originally intended. 2. Adding and enhancing drop structures to the Big Wood River: Newly added and enhanced drop structures will help stabilize the streambed and reduce water velocity in the river, slowing the inevitable change to the depth of the river. The structures will also help to control head-cutting and incising of the Big Wood River. Drop structures do create waves and whitewater, which are beloved by kayakers and rafters. Although not the primary intent of our restoration efforts, Wood River Land Trust supports appropriate, collaborative recreation projects on public lands. Many people find peace listening 


Woods wild rose

to water flow downstream as well as live for the excitement of whitewater. Enjoyment of nature, whether walking trails along the lagoon or navigating the Big Wood River, is beneficial to our health and well-being. 3. Planting native species along the adjacent banks: Riparian restoration necessitates the planting and seeding of aquatic vegetation for many reasons. Loss of vegetation along rivers and streams happens naturally, especially during flooding events, but the loss can be accelerated in altered sections of waterways. Without vegetation along the stream banks, water encounters less resistance and flows more quickly. River banks also become susceptible to ongoing erosion as the water carries debris downstream. Planting native species along the river and lagoon will help delay the loss of land and soil adjacent to the watercourse. Native species will also improve fish and wildlife habitat. Wood River Land Trust works with volunteers to accomplish much of our plant restoration (see event recap for recent work by our Friends groups and students in Hailey). For the Hulen Meadow area, we intend to plant the following species: Red-twigged dogwood; Black cottonwood; Willows; Wild rose; Baltic rush; and Elk sedge. Plants growing in riparian areas have adapted to survive soil conditions which are poorly drained and retain or are submerged in water. Many hydrophytes grow roots from their stems to absorb oxygen from the air. Trees typically extend very wide, shallow root systems and their trunks may be large and buttressed for more stability and protection from fast flowing waters. Sedges have two root systems: shallow and taproot. The shallow roots help the sedge survive floods and the taproot for long, dry spells. Wetland plants also release oxygen, which protects them 

from toxic concentrations of iron and manganese. 4. Creating and improving fish habitat: Using native vegetation and drop structures will enhance the habitat for aquatic species by providing them places to hide from predators, to rest and to lay eggs. Funding Resources WRLT and its partners are currently investigating the extent of the restoration project. We rely on private-individual and public-agency contributions to complete our work and strategically use volunteers to keep costs down. Feedback and comments from the community, neighbors and other stakeholders has been incorporated into the current plan. For more information about the overall plan, please visit the City of Ketchum’s website: http:// www.ketchumidaho.org/DocumentCenter/View/872. “The care of rivers is not a question of rivers, but of the human heart.” Tenako Shozo To find equilibrium between Mother Nature and mankind, we need to strategically manage our resources. We must consider the needs of all current and future stakeholders of our area—those of us here now, as well as, future generations. The Big Wood River is not just mine or yours, it is ours. It is essential to balance the needs of our whole community, while providing a healthy, natural habitat for fish, birds and other wildlife. Wood River Land Trust recognizes the intrinsic value in this area to the overall health of the Valley’s watershed. Working with the community and organizational partners, and having the support of donors will help us reach common ground in which the vitality, restoration and stewardship of our waters come first. If you’d like copies of this article to share with your friends and neighbors, please contact our office. Help us spread the word about the benefits and goals of restoration for the River Park at Sun Peak.


SAY WHAT? Definitions of River Lingo Alluvial: Gravel, sand and other debris deposited by running water CFS: Cubic Foot per Second, the rate of discharge representing a volume of one-cubic foot passing a given point during one second. This rate is equivalent to approximately 7.48 gallons per second Drop Structures: manmade structures to help control the energy and velocity of water as it passes over; there are different types of drop structures and materials used depending upon where they are placed, i.e. stream, river, dam, rural, urban, etc. Erosion: The removal or wearing away of soil or rock by water, wind or other agents Headcutting: The eroding of deep channels in rivers cause by the concentrated flow of water Oxbow: A U-shaped bend in a river or stream that may or may not be cut off from the mainstream Rill: very small channel of water, caused by runoff water that eroded the soil Riparian: The river/stream or other body of water and all the vegetation on its banks Riprap: Rock or other appropriate material with a specific mixture of sizes referred to as a “gradation� used to stabilize stream banks or river banks from erosion or to create habitat for aquatic life Sediment: Small particles of soil or rocks that are transported by water or wind Silt: Very tiny particles of soil that are three to 60 micrometers in diameter Silting: The deposit of finely divided soil and rock particles upon the bottom of stream and river beds Stream Bank Hardening: The result of manmade efforts to stabilize banks from erosion with the use of rocks Watershed: Term given to the land that drains water into a particular stream, lake or river


Going Native

Why Native Plants in your Garden?

Columbine ŠSVStoecklin

While hiking in the Wood River Valley from May to July, you probably noticed the stunning variety of wildflowers blooming‌the royal purples of sugarbowls, the stunning yellows of balsam root and the deep reds of Indian paintbrush. Do you wonder about those native species that are so beautiful, fragile and yet also resilient? Native plants have evolved over thousands of years and have specifically adapted to our high desert ecosystem. They are integral to the largest and smallest of species; from the elk and deer which feed on bitterbrush to the butterflies which pollinate their stunning flowers. Many of these native shrubs and flowers will thrive in our gardens and yards as well. When planning or changing your garden, consider including penstemon, scarlet gilia, geranium, lupine and various native shrubs. Besides adding color, texture and seasonal blooming to your garden, they also act as food for birds, insects and pollinators. Native plants and shrubs in the home landscape support our local ecosystem, use less water, and are naturally disease-resistant. These plants already know how to thrive in this environment—this is home for them! Once established, native plants require very little stewardship, especially when compared to the maintenance needs of fertilizers and pesticides that non-native and ornamental plants require. Most ornamental or non-native trees and shrubs require 24 to 36 inches of water per year just to survive. Here, in the Snake River Basin-High Desert region, we receive 10 to 15 inches of water annually, including snowfall. You can make a positive impact on the environment and enjoy their beauty and ease of care by bringing native plants into your landscapes and properties. Save water, help threatened pollinators and enjoy more birds, bees and butterflies by including native species in your future landscaping plans. Stop by our TFL partner Sawtooth Botanical Garden, which showcases native and cultivated plants that flourish at high altitude. 

Creating Demonstration Lawns for Our Trout Friendly Program Water conservation seems to be on the tip of everyone’s tongue these days, from the Blaine County Commissioners’ request of Governor Butch Otter for a local emergency drought declaration to the Hailey City Council taking stock of its water rights. Wood River Land Trust (WRLT) adds its voice to the conversation by recommending ways to reduce water consumption through our Trout Friendly Lawn (TFL) program. Our staff has been evaluating ways to reduce its own water consumption and we are excited to announce the impending arrival of a native grass lawn. In mid-June, the Anderson house lawn—used for staff housing and located north of the main office on 2nd Street in Hailey—will be converted from Kentucky Blue Grass to a drought-tolerant, native grass turf. Both the Anderson lawn and the WRLT office lawn will be managed as demonstration Trout Friendly lawns. The Anderson lawn will be managed to meet silver standards of the TFL program and the WRLT lawn will be managed to meet basic standards. Benefits of a native grass lawn include using 50% to 75% less water than its non-native counterpart. This number varies depending on species used, aesthetic features, and land use. Upon the full development of the native habitat, you can also anticipate reducing the amount of mowing by 50% to 67%. Furthermore, because native plants have evolved over thousands of years to suit their soil conditions, fertilizer usage will be reduced. Best of all, native grasses feel good on little bare feet and an environmental conscience. At the Anderson home we will be using two cool-season grasses, Idaho Fescue (Festuca idahoensis) and Prairie Junegrass (Koeleria macrantha), and two warm-season grasses, Blue Grama (Bouteloua gracilis) and Buffalograss (Buchloe dactyloides). The first two grasses are native to Blaine County and the latter two are found in northern Nevada and are native to our region. This blend helps cover the microenvironments that surround a home, from a shady north side to a blisteringly-hot south side exposure. Additionally, this grass combination is well suited for our 10

high desert environment which receives 10-15” of rain each year. WRLT has a two-pronged goal in regards to our native grass turf conversion: to monitor and measure changes in water, fertilizer, and maintenance needs, and to gain hands-on experience in the conversion process that we can share. We are anxious to compare future years’ water savings so that we can have first-hand experience in speaking with the community about the mechanics and savings of a turf conversion. There are many items to consider when converting an existing lawn, creating a native buffer or starting a brand new lawn with native or drought tolerant turf. First, you should take account of the existing temperature range, humidity, soil conditions, sun exposure and how the area will be used. Further items to think about include large parties, children, and your desired feel of the grass. Consult with one of our TFL partners or a native seed company to determine the timing, needs, and mechanics specific to your lawn. We will be documenting the process of our own lawn conversion in order to produce a demonstration video to share with the local community. The conversion of an existing lawn can be accomplished in many ways (tarping, layers of newspaper and soil, removing existing lawn with a sod cutter, killing the lawn) which we will cover in the video. We will also discuss the considerations mentioned in the prior paragraph and maintenance strategies for after the seed is planted. Please feel free to walk in our door to talk about our TFL program and be curious! Come ask us how to conserve water, reduce pesticides, or incorporate native plants into your landscape. Based on how you implement various lawn strategies, you can be certified as a Basic, Silver or Gold TFL member and receive a handsome yard sign to show the community your support of this program. This is a free program sponsored by the WRLT and our supporting partners and organizations. Our goal is to educate and elevate our understanding of lawn care

practices so that everyone can make conscious choices to protect our precious Wood River watershed. Stop by this fall and check out our new turf. Now in its seventh year, the Trout Friendly Lawn Program is supported by the following partners: Arborcare Big Chief Organics Big Wood Landscape Blaine County Recreation District Blaine Soil Conservation District Branching Out Nursery City of Ketchum Parks Clearwater Landscaping Conservation Seeding and Restoration Engelmann Inc. Evergreen Landscaping Hemingway Chapter Trout Unlimited Sawtooth Botanical Garden Webb Landscaping Whitehead Landscaping

Rainy day penstemon Š Michael Edminster

Did you know your blooms mean this? Aster: Patience Daisy: Innocence, Hope Daphne: I would not have you otherwise Geranium: Preference, True friendship Honeysuckle: Generosity Hydrangea: Heartlessness Iris: Inspiration, Faith Lavender: Mistrust Phlox: Harmony Primrose: Childhood Poppy: Consolation Sage: Wisdom, Immortality Sunflower: Adoration Thistle: Misanthropy Withered Flowers: Rejected Love Yarrow: Healing 11

Magnificent and Mysterious Morel Mushrooms Black Morel ŠMaslov Dimtry


Special Article by Guest Writer, Kathy Richmond Morels are one of the most sought-after wild mushrooms in the world because they have a magnificent, deep, and earthy flavor. The extraordinary taste they bring to recipes makes them a true favorite of the thousands of mushroom species in the world. These little fungi are cloaked in mystery. Exactly when they appear depends on the conditions of the soil. In order for them to develop a fruiting body which we call a mushroom, it is thought that they need to have temperatures in the 70’s for a week to warm the soil to 55 degrees. Their fruiting time also depends on the elevation where they occur. At most places in the U.S. morels occur from mid-tolate May. I have found them in Boise in mid-April among wood chips at newly-developed apartment buildings. In Idaho around the first of June they are often found at 5000 feet in McCall. I have found them in the woods around my home at 6,500 feet in mid-June. Last year, during the first week of July I found them at 7,000 feet. I have found them as late at the first week of August at 8,000 feet while backpacking. Morels are incredibly expensive to buy (and worth every penny!) because they cannot be cultivated. I must warn you to beware of the springtime phenomenon, ‘morel fever,’ which occurs when people set aside their other interests during the months of May and June just for morel hunting. When you find a morel it is like a big kid’s scavenger hunt and is an exciting experience. However, it is also like hiding your favorite fishing spot because you are reluctant to share your special place with anyone else, for fear they will find your monster fish or in this case all the morels. You can discover morels fruiting in a variety of habitats. I’ve found them along the Salmon River in the sand, in bark chips at newly-built construction sites, and in the forest under Douglas fir, Ponderosa and other conifers, as well as under Aspen trees. Morels seem to fruit in abundance in the spring following a late summer forest fire. The reason for this remains mysterious. It is thought that after a fire destroys many of the plants the fungi has been working with, the fungi are over-stimulated to form fruiting bodies and send their spores far and wide in hopes that some will land in areas with living plant roots. However, they are found only during the first spring in the post-fire area. Recent DNA research has revealed that there are 20 different Morchella species in the United States and ad-

ditional species that occur in Europe. All are edible when cooked. As with most mushrooms, they need to be cooked to render them edible. Many have volatile compounds, that when cooked, dissipate. I mistakenly have marinated morels on a salad for my husband and he was very sick for a time and will now only eat them if they’re sautéed crispy like bacon. People have experienced gastrointestinal upset from eating too many morels at one time combined with a bit too much wine. So enjoy them but don’t pig out too much! Morels are fairly easy to identify because of their peculiar shape. They are hollow inside when cut in half and are composed of rows of ridges and pits. There is a mushroom commonly called a false morel (Gyromitra) that people have eaten for years and now we know that it has cumulative toxins. After eating Gyromitra for 20 years or more, several people have died. The ‘morel’ of the story: It is not clear when the next meal of false morels may be your last, so I recommend avoiding them entirely. You can distinguish Gyromitra from morels because their stipe (stem) is not hollow like a morel but stuffed with tissue. Before eating any wild mushroom you should conGyromitra ©Maslov Dimtry sult someone who knows them or buy a good identification book and compare the habitat and characteristics to make sure it is an edible ­species. Better yet, join a local mushroom club and learn many of the common species. Adventuring in the woods with other fungiphiles is educational and enjoyable. I am a member of SIMA (Southern Idaho Mycological Association). We meet twice monthly in Boise for mushroomrelated programs. SIMA has two formal forays, usually in McCall, ID., in June and September to search for and identify mushrooms over a long weekend. We have found over 2,500 different species of mushrooms in the last 26 years. Also, we hold classes for beginning mushroomers each spring. For more information, contact our website at www.simykos.org. Kathy is an amateur mycologist and has been studying mushrooms for the last 20 years 13

Mouthwatering Morels Recipes Morel Dip

Morel Tart

by Kathy Richmond

by Kathy Richmond

You’ll need: • 4 oz. Fresh Morels / Drained and chopped if large (or 1 oz. Dried, Reconstituted and Drained) • 4 oz. Regular Chopped Button Mushrooms • Frying Pan (non-stick is good...iron skillet is better) • Butter (2 tbsp’s) • 1 tsp. Dried Thyme • 2 Chopped Shallots • 1 tsp. Minced Garlic • ½ Cup Sour Cream or 4 oz. Cream Cheese • Salt/Pepper to taste.

You’ll need: • 1 lb Fresh Morels – do not chop (or 4 oz Dried, Reconstituted and Drained) • 8 oz Shredded Cheddar Cheese • 3 Leeks, Cleaned and Chopped • 1/2 tsp. Salt, • 1/4 tsp. Pepper, • 1 tsp. Dried Thyme • 3 Tbls. Butter • 3 Tbls. Whipping Cream • 1 Partially Cooked Pie Crust

Directions: In medium skillet over med/hi heat, melt butter and saute morels and buttom mushroms 3-4 minutes. Add thyme and shallots and cook until soft. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until mixture is fairly dry and most of liquid has evaporated. Add sour cream or cream cheese and serve with ­crackers

Morel Pasta by Kathy Richmond


You’ll need: • 1 lb Dry Pasta • Frying Pan (non-stick is good...iron skillet is better) • 1 Cup Heavy Cream • 1/2 Cup Butter • 2 Tbls. Cognac • 1 1/4lb Fresh Morels (or 1/2 lb Dried, Recon- stituted and Drained) • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese

Directions: In a skillet melt 2 Tbls. butter over moderate heat. Add cream, cognac and salt and pepper to taste and bring to boil. Add morels and simmer, covered for 10 minutes. Keep mixture warm while boiling pasta. Mix together and enjoy! 14

Directions: Melt butter and cook leeks with salt, about 5-10 minutes on med/hi heat. Turn heat to high, add mushrooms and cook 10 minutes or until all liquid has evaporated. Add other spices and cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat, add cream and let cool. Put 1/2 of cheese in bottom of crust then put leeks and mushroom mixture on thop then add remainder of cheese. Bake 375 degrees for 25 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes and serve with salad or bowl of fruit.

Morels and Asparagus... The Breakfast of Champions You’ll need: • Morels fried in lots of butter, salt & pepper to taste • Fresh Asparagus tips cooked until tender • Crisp Fried Bacon Slices • Poached eggs • Hollandaise Sauce Directions: On plate arrange in order listed below: 1. Fresh cooked asparagus tips 2. Fried morels in butter 3. Crisp bacon slices 4. Two poached eggs 5. Cover with lots of Hollandaise Sauce Morels aren’t just for dinner anymore!


Fun Facts About Morels Every spring the woods are filled with locals searching for edible morels. A tasty delight, morel hunting grounds are a closely guarded secret. But, do you this about the little fungi? •

Fresh morels sell for $20 to $50 per pound;

A Michigan morel festival attracts more than 17,000 people;

Morels are actually the fruiting body of a fungus that lives in the soil;

In our area you can find morels in cottonwood forests along waterways, near Douglas firs after forest fires and even in apple orchards;

The debate about the actual number of morel species still exists but DNA testing suggests that there are about a dozen species in North America (we most commonly see black and blonde morels, but silver morels have been seen in burn areas);

An extract made from the little fungi has significant anti-inflammatory effects;

True morels split off from other fungi species 129 million years ago;

According to Indiatimes.com, morels could relieve us from pain and protect us against tumors (just another reason to support land conservation);

Mushroom soup is the second most popular Campbell’s soup—imagine if it were made of morels, it would surely replace tomato soup as number one.

The Next Generation If conservation groups want to innovate, endure and grow, we need to engage the future leaders of our movement. By organizing a Student Conservation Council (SCC), Wood River Land Trust (WRLT) is leading a local effort in a developing trend to educate and involve the young leaders of tomorrow in conservation and sustainability issues. WRLT aims to help student participants get a sense of their own power and skills while benefiting the Wood River Valley community and WRLT. WRLT and its donors are committed to the preservation and restoration of lands here in the Wood River Valley and surrounding areas. We feel strongly that it is our obligation to educate the next generation of land conservation leaders, so that what we protect today is there for those here tomorrow. Conservation of land is important for our health, it will provide sustaining resources and natural beauty that will last for generations—if it is cared for correctly. The underlying cause for the lack of concern and involvement by younger generations in land protection has to do with the lack of understanding and connection to nature and also the over-use of the words “green” and “environmental” by businesses. Conservation is neither a fad nor a way to make money. By educating and involving people at a young age, it is our hope they will remember fondly their service on the Board, to WRLT and form a life-long connection, understanding and love of nature. We hope they will go on to become the next leaders of the environmental movement, the next Presidents of land trusts and the next champions of saving nature. The work of the SCC will make a difference, and those serving on the Council will know they made our community a better place for those of us here now and future generations. 15

The Next Generation We are pleased to announce the first, eight founding members of the SCC: 1. Alex Harten from the Community School; 2. Chase Hutchinson from Wood River High School; 3. Callie Weber from Wood River High School; 4. Lane Coulthard from Wood River High School; 5. Megan Murphy from Wood River High School; 6. Marcia Smith from Wood River High School; 7. Mariah Stout from Wood River High School; and 8. Timber Kelly also from Wood River High School. To help mentor SCC members, eight giving community members have agreed to volunteer their time and share their expertise. We are truly grateful for the thoughtfulness and contributions the SCC Advisory Committee has made on the formation of our new Council. 1. Ann Christiansen, environmentalist and outdoor educator; 2. Bags Brokaw, Community School College Counselor; 3. Eleanor Jewett, Wood River High School English teacher; 4. Larry Barnes, Wood River High School science teacher; 5. Robin Garwood, USFS and member of WRLT Board of Directors; 6. Scott Schnebly, Lost River Outfitters owner; and 7. Scott Runkle, Community School science teacher. This visionary program would not be possible without our volunteers and the support of our donors. In order to launch the SCC, an anonymous donor has funded the formation of the program. This couple is passionate about conservation and deeply believes in the creativeness and talents of Wood River Valley students and the next 足generations. TOP: Standing: SCC members Mariah Stout, Callie Weber and Megan Murphy; Seated: Advisory Committee members Scott Runkel, Robin Garwood and Ann Christensen. BOTTOM: Left to Right: SCC member Chase Hutchinson, Advisory Committee members Larry Barnes, Eleanor Jewett and Bags Brokaw. Not pictured: SCC members: Alexandra Harten, Lane Coulthard, Marcia Smith, Timber Kelly 16

Student Conservation Council (SCC) Program The underlying tenets on which the program is based, includes: (1) Education; (2) Sustainability; and (3) Teamwork. Education: We hope to educate young students today about the issues surrounding the health of our land in our community and elsewhere through the SCC program. The old adage that “knowledge is power” applies to our overall objective: By understanding land conservation, gaining experience in the business and non-profit world, seeing first-hand how a charitable community can make change happen, it is our belief that these SCC members will begin to own the future of land protection and restoration. Sustainability: The term “sustainable” applies to two facets of the Council. First, we must ensure that the SCC program is maintainable over the long-term through wide-spread and active involvement of all students in Blaine County. Any student, age 16 and above, is welcome to apply for membership. For more information see our website at: http://www.woodriverlandtrust.org/Student_ Conservation_Council.php. In addition to preserving the program through active membership, we plan for the SCC to initiate sustainable conservation and restoration projects. Learning about the importance of healthy river systems and its effect on people and wildlife will provide students with an understanding of the inter-dependence of nature. If we are to conserve our earth and its habitat in a healthy way which will support life, the SCC needs to understand these issues. They are the keepers of tomorrow. Teamwork: It takes teamwork of all kinds to make conservation happen—cooperation and communication among the SCC members and collaboration with outside entities. Every member needs to work cooperatively and help others if we are to succeed. Each student has a role that is dependent upon other members. Out on the land and in nature, it is vital that they look out for one-another and communicate to ensure everyone’s safety. There are endless possibilities to the partnerships that can grow from this initiative. Future endeavors of the SCC program may include such things as river restoration work, organizing outings on the land and rivers and monitoring water quality of the river near our on-going “Hailey

Greenway” project (near Croy Creek Wetlands and Big Wood River confluence in Hailey). Learning to partner with other agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency or other nonprofits, such as Idaho Rivers United, will be important to the long-term success of the students and our new program. The Best Aspect of the Program: Overwhelmingly, the majority of SCC students and Advisory Committee members think that the best aspect of the program is our partnership with Lost River Outfitters and the owners, Scott Schnebly and Susanne Connor. In order to connect the students and volunteers with nature—their heart and emotions first—all participants will learn to fly-fish with Lost River Outfitters. We plan to take up to five fishing trips per year, visiting different WRLT conservation easements and properties. While standing among the gold and green rushes and sedges, listening to the water gurgle past, SCC members will come to understand the circle of life that sustains the health of our ecosystem, watershed and community. From the fascinating life-cycle of brown drakes to the long and distant travels of salmon, we hope that membership on our Council will be fun and informative for all who take part. How to Apply: The more students involved, the better the success of the program will be as we will be creating future conservations through our efforts. Committees and projects on such items as marketing, events, governance, finance and development will be part of the program. Through these committees we hope to reach as many as 60 students, including the up to 20 actual SCC members. If you know someone who would be a good candidate for the SCC, please direct them to our website to fill out and submit an application: http://www.woodriverlandtrust. org/Student_Conservation_Council.php. WRLT is accepting applications until all 20 seats are filled.



Heart of the Valley

generously sponsored by:

Zions Bank became the major sponsor of our photography event, allowing WRLT the opportunity to move into the digital age. Around the Valley this summer at local establishments, you can see our electronic photo frames displaying the photography entries. Zions’ generosity also allowed us to showcase photos and prose in a fullcolor, four-page newspaper insert that was published in the Idaho Mountain Express on May 22, 2013. The 9th Annual, Heart of the Valley reception was hosted by Velocio on Saturday, May 25th. More than 50 people enjoyed perusing over 47 mounted photographs. And while basking in the sun afforded by a large, openedglass garage door, participants and their friends and families snacked on mini pizzas, goat cheese and brownie bites while indulging in Pinot Noir and other delicious fare. With 1st place, honorable mention and staff favorite awarded in three categories, which included student, adult non-professionals and professional, winners were bestowed gifts from local sponsors for their inspiring work in prose and photography. Prizes were donated by generous, Valley businesses including 5B Photo, CK’s Real Food, The Coffee Grinder, Desperado’s Mexican Food, Lost River Outfitters, Mahoney’s Bar and Grill, Mule Shoe Tavern, Perry’s, Surefoot, and The Wildflower. First place and staff favorite in the Adult Prose Category went to “Sagebrush” by Leslie Thompson, with honorable mention going to Jena Greaser for her original song “Finding My Soul in the Western Mountains”. Jena performed her solo, acoustic-guitar tune for the packed, Heart of the Valley reception crowd. In the Student Prose Category, first place went to “New Beginnings” by Remy Ives, honorable mention to “A Breath of Fresh Air” by Chase Hutchinson, and with staff favorite going to “Forever” by Lisa Hart. At the reception Remy Ives read “New Beginnings”, describing how she was inspired by her new-found home the Wood River Valley, having only moved here a few months prior to the contest announcement. 18

First place in the Adult Photography Division went to “Color Creek” by Laura Speck with honorable mention to “Shadow on the White Clouds” by Cody Haskell. Staff favorite went to “Hoppertunity” by Chad Chorney. Chad’s photo illustrates a favorite Valley pastime: a large rainbow trout hurling towards the water’s surface to retrieve its counterfeit, insect victim while ultimately and mercifully hanging from its capture’s rod only seconds later. In the Student Photography Category, first place went to Hannah Conn for “Hummingbirds” and honorable mention to “Shadow Branches” by Joyce Chan Wing Kay. Blake Beckwith won staff favorite for his photo “On Alert”. And, according to Blake’s dad, Blake’s sister Brook won last year’s student category and Blake wanted to follow in her footsteps. And that he did! For the first time in contest history, the WRLT had professional photographers enter the professional photography category. A local, landscape photographer and avid fisherman, Nick Price won first place for his photo “East Oxbow II”, showing the world-famous Silver Creek snaking across open space with ominous, spring clouds overhead. New to the Heart of the Valley contest, Chase Milleman won honorable mention for his photo “Frozen Labs” and staff favorite for his photo “Perfect Evening on Silver Creek”. As we move into the tenth year, the Heart of the Valley contest is still inspiring our community to express with photography and prose how they feel about this magical place—a place one can only appreciate when immersed in its glory. All photography entries will be displayed through the end of July at Valley establishments on digital photo frames. To see a copy of the special insert published in the Idaho Mountain Express, please contact Jill at jbrown@woodriverlandtrust.org.


First Place, Student Prose New Beginnings by Remy Ives Home is where the heart is Or at least that is what they all say But to me it is much deeper The thought brightens up my day The town is filled with laughter The streets are lit up with lights There is nothing at all to worry about But what event to go to that night “Color Creek” by Laura Speck, first place adult non-professional

Snow festoons the mountains But clouds don’t shade our view The sun shines in our direction Yet everything is new It is nothing less than extraordinary That tourists come and go But to me it is my safe haven The only place I want to know I may be in paradise And I know I’m blessed That my home is a fairytale Much better than all the rest

“Hummingbirds” by Hannah Conn, first place student

The phrase rings true in this little town Maybe this is where it started Home is where I love to be Home is where my heart is

First Place, Adult Prose Sagebrush by Leslie Thompson

“East Oxbow II” by Nick Price, first place adult professional

Standing firmly, Aging beauty. Giving everything. Expecting nothing. Bent by the wind, Rooted in truth. Unsurpassed habitat. Swallowed by desert. History in the making! 19


Friends of the Hailey Greenway gathered to maintain trails and control invasive ­species in June

Enjoying the Out-of-Doors WRLT hosted several events during the spring and summer, including a sustainable soils workshop, a Boxcar Bend Preserve workday with the local Trout Unlimited, and other opportunities to connect with nature. We hope you can join us on our outings to see first-hand what you are helping to protect. Check out our events page on our website to see what’s coming up next: www.woodriverlandtrust.org/Events.php.

Mushroom walk at Petit Lake

A visit to Carey Lake, Lava Lake and Fish Creek Reservoir turned up a variety of bird species, including this cinnamon teal ©DJ Muehle 20

More than 130 people attended James Balog’s “Chasing Ice” ­documentary, shown by ICL and WRLT in May ©James Balog



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Melinda Nichols Mayer Christina Gearin Peter Webb

Associates, Inc.

Edith Beatrice Moore Frank Moore Bob Mickelson Blanton McGee Mr. William G. Tennille III Tully Bruce Alan Weber

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helping promote water


conservation, pesticide

WRLT is fortunate

Student Conservation

Burbank Design

reduction and native

to have dedicated

Advisory Council

Tim East

plant use.

­volunteers who lend their

Larry Barnes

Troy England

expertise, leadership and

Bags Brokaw

Pat Etheridge

Trout Friendly Lawn

time, playing an essential

Ann Christensen

Deb Gelet


role in the protection and

Robin Garwood

Galena Engineering, Inc.


restoration of our natural

Erika Greenberg

Caitlin Hartley

Big Chief Organics


Eleanor Jewett

Hemingway Chapter of Trout

The following businesses and organizations support our Trout Friendly Lawn program. Their partnership is key,

Big Wood Landscape

Scott Runkel


Blaine County Recreation

2012 Board of Directors

Scott Schnebly, Lost River

Leslie Howa, Designer of the

Trent Jones, President



Bow Bridge

Blaine Soil Conservation District

David Anderson, Vice President

Branching Out Nusery

John French, Treasurer

Student Conservation

Mike Howard

City of Ketchum Parks Dept.

Robin Garwood, Secretary


Linda Johnston

Clearwater Landscaping

Richard Carr

Lane Coulthard

K&M Construction, Inc.

Conservation Seeding &

Ed Cutter

Alex Harten

Jim Keating

Restoration, Inc.

Kim Howard

Rick Davis

Chase Hutchinson

Dave Kier

Eggers Associates, P.A.

John Flattery

Timbur Kelly

Jeanne Liston

Engelmann, Inc.

Heather King

Megan Murphy

Frances MacDonald

Evergreen Landscaping

Jack Kueneman

Marcia Smith

Chad Matteson

Hemingway Chapter Trout

Jane Mason

Mariah Stout

Paige McAllister


Elizabeth Mitchell

Callie Weber

Liz Mitchell

Idaho Rivers United

Rebecca Patton

Native Landscapes

Wolf Riehle

Special Thanks

Rachael Pace

Organic Solutions

John Fell Stevenson

Joy Allen

Cameron Packer

Sawtooth Botanical Garden

Megan Stevenson

Alpine Landscaping

Jim Paisley

Webb Landscape, Inc.

Steven Strandberg

Alpine Tree Service

Rocky Mountain Hardware

Whitehead’s Landscaping, Inc.

Barbara Thrasher

Janet Barton

Stephy Smith

Kelly Baxandall

Dan Smith

Advisory Committee

Carol Blackburn

Laura Speck

Fred Brossy

Florence Blanchard

Mary Speck

Ranney Draper

Tom Blanchard

Vieve Stoesz

Lawrence Schoen

Blue Canyon Corporation

Taylor Made Woodworks

John Seiller

Rudy Boesch

Rosalie Tornello

Tom Swift

Bouiss and Associates

Mike Treshow

Bruce Tidwell

Cynthia Carr

Western Wood Structures, Inc.

Liz Warrick

The City of Hailey

Whitehead’s Landscaping, Inc.

Jeni Cook

Sophie Wilkes

Steve Crosser

Crystal Wold

Karrin McCall

Hadley DeBree

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Stock Gifts Make “CENTS”

This newsletter is published by Wood River Land Trust

With the end of the year quickly approaching, a gift of stock to Wood River Land Trust might be a tax-wise contribution. If you have appreciated stocks, it is simple to make a gift that can have favorable tax benefits. For example, a donor who gives a gift of common stock, held longer than one year, can avoid capital gains taxation on the transfer so the full value of the contribution goes to the Land Trust. The donor is able to take a charitable deduction using the full value of the gift and can claim up to 30 percent of adjusted gross income (AGI) in the year the gift is made, with up to five years to absorb the full deduction under the AGI ceiling. Your broker can help you make the transfer, but if you have any questions, be sure to contact us. Below are the instructions to share with him about making a gift of stock to Wood River Land Trust:

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1. Contact your ­stockbroker.

Editors: Deb Gelet, Daphne Muehle

Your stockbroker can make a direct electronic transfer of your stock certificates to WRLT’s account with the following information: ClearRock Capital / Charles Schwab: DTC #0164 Code 40 Account Registration: Wood River Land Trust Account Number: 7811-0294 Charles Schwab Contact for Contra/DTC Hotline: 602-355-9003 Clear Rock Capital Contact: 877-726-8858

2. Give your stockbroker Wood River Land Trust’s taxpayer identification number: 82-0474191

Hailey, ID 83333 Tel: 208-788-3947 Fax: 208-788-5991 www.woodriverlandtrust.org WRLT is a public benefit Idaho ­company and is tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to WRLT are ­t ax-deductible as allowed by law. Public financial information is available on our website or by contacting our office.

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3. Notify WRLT of the transfer so that we can properly ­credit you, as your name will not be with the wire of securities: Daphne Muehle, Director of Development, 208-788-3947 or dmuehle@woodriverlandtrust.org. Please provide WRLT with the ­following information: • Name of the security; • Number of shares to be donated; and • Name and phone number of your stockbroker.

Cover photo: Wild Sunflowers

©Michael Edminster

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Trent Jones, President David Anderson, Vice-President John French, Treasurer Robin Garwood, Secretary Richard Carr Ed Cutter Rick Davis John Flattery Jack Kueneman Jane Mason Rebecca Patton Wolf Riehle Megan Stevenson Steve Strandberg Barbara Thrasher STAFF Scott Boettger, Executive Director Jill Brown, Development Assistant Patti Lousen, Project Coordinator Daphne Muehle, Director of


Trey Spaulding, Director of Operations Chad Stoesz, Stewardship Coordinator Keri York, Senior Conservation



Wood River Land Trust protects and restores land, water, and wildlife habitat in the Wood River Valley and its surrounding areas. We work cooperatively with private landowners and local communities to ensure these areas are protected now and for future generations.



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