More than 80 volunteers from Trout Unlimited, Boise Valley Fly Fishers, Fly Fishers of Idaho, Women Fly Fishers of Idaho, the U.S. Forest Service, veterans and Mountain Home Airmen planted 415 plants and 70 willow cuttings to restore vegetation and stabilize soil after wildfires and mudslides hit the canyon during the summer.
“The incredible response to our call for volunteers shows the love and concern people have for the South Fork. The energy and enthusiasm was unmatched and made this work go very quickly,” said Darryl Kuhrt, of the Ted Trueblood Chapter of Trout Unlimited.
Despite a difficult summer and radical changes the character of the river, it’s now open to public access and fishing, and most of the fish appear to have survived the mudslides. For a full report, see Thursday’s Idaho Outdoors.