Welcome to the Western Whitewater Association  
    Promoting Safe Whitewater Jetboating, Family Recreation, and Access to Rivers

Next Meeting - Monday, May 12th, 7:00pm 

Canyon Creek Restaurant & Lounge
1411 Shilo Dr.
Nampa, Idaho      (208) 467-4939
I-84  Exit 36

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2014 Salmon River Noxious Weed Control Project – May 2, 3 and 4

Each spring, in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, the Idaho Department of Agriculture and private property owners, WWA members provide transportation up the Salmon River and manpower to help control noxious weeds within the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness.
In the past, the Western Whitewater Association has provided logistical support, technical assistance, and some financial assistance in an active assault on noxious weeds along the Salmon River corridor.
This year, we will need approximately 6 boats and 20 volunteers to help spray weeds. Since the boats are loaded pretty heavy, and we can typically expect fairly high river flows, we ask that the less experienced Salmon River pilots leave their boats home and ride up with the more experienced pilots. We will also have several Government Agency Representatives along this year to give us a hand. Come enjoy a good workout and lots of fun with friends in the beautiful Salmon River canyon.

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Concessionaires on public land get the profit, public gets the shaft by George Ochenski

The law was supposed to expire last year, but Congress extended it till December 2015. In the meantime, a lawsuit was filed by a citizens’ group attempting to protect Mount Hood from overdevelopment by concessionaires. The BARK v. U.S. Forest Service suit claimed the Forest Service was using an increasing number of private concessionaires, running publicly owned recreation sites and campgrounds, to evade the fee limitations. In other words, concessionaires could charge whatever the market would bear – and they did. As reported in the Yakima Herald Republic, concessionaires, which now run half of all Forest Service campgrounds and an astounding 80 percent of those most highly developed, charged “more than twice the average user fee paid at Forest Service-run campgrounds.”

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PUBLIC LANDS: Panel takes ideas on reauthorizing recreation fees  

House lawmakers today took ideas from federal officials, outfitters, concessionaires and public lands users on how Congress should best reauthorize a 2004 law that dictates how fees are charged to access federal lands.

The outcome will affect everyone from campers and boaters to educational organizations and businesses, seniors and veterans -and it will most certainly affect federal agencies' bottom lines.

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Federal Judge allows privatization of all recreation on all national forests

The ruling essentially means that private companies operating under permit on National Forest land can require everyone to pay a fee for doing anything, anywhere within their permit area.

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Blue Mountains DRAFT Forest Plan Released for Public Comment

Information release from forest service:

Thank you for your interest in the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision. We are pleased to announce the release of the Blue Mountains Forest Proposed Revised Land Management Plan (Forest Plan) and associated Draft Environmental Impact Statement. After more than ten years of collaborative work with the public, local, state, and tribal governments, the DEIS and Proposed Revised Forest Plan are available for you to read, review, and submit your comments during a 90-day comment period that begins March 14, 2014.  

The DEIS and Proposed Revised Forest Plan can be downloaded from our website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/BlueMtnsPlanRevision . We encourage you to download the documents from the web.  These versions are more user-friendly because the documents are easily searchable for sections you are interested in, and it saves money in printing/shipping costs.  Printed copies are available to read at local libraries and Forest District Offices. Compact discs (CDs) and a limited number of printed copies are also available upon request. Requests can be made by sending an email to:  bluemtnplanrevision@fs.fed.us, or by calling 541-523-1302 or 541-523-1246.

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Blue Mountain Forest Plan Revision Newsletter

The forest service is announcing the upcoming release of the draft EIS and proposed Revised Land Management Plan. In this newsletter issue you will find a message from the three Forest Supervisors, facts on what defines a Forest Plan, an update on where they have been, information on where they are going, how to comment on the documents, a project timeline and the schedule for upcoming public meetings.

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The Wilderness Land Trust purchases the Painter Mine

The Painter Mine is located in the heart of the rugged Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, the nation’s second largest wilderness area.

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Life Flight Membership

lifeflight logoThe WWA is offering an opportunity for any member to join Life Fight for only $55.00 a year.  We need to have 25 members sign up.  To everyone who joined last year (we don’t have a list) your membership has expired.  Applications are available  through Anita Shore.  To request an application, either call Anita at 208 454-1669 or click here to email her.

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