April 2020

 
 
 
 

Upcoming Events

 
 
 
 
 

Henry's Fork Days XXXVI

 
 
 
 
June 19-20, 2020
 
 
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Boise Reception

 
 
 
 
Rescheduled for October 1, 2020 - Details TBA
 
 
 
 
 
 

What You Might Have Missed in HFF News

 
 
 
 
 
​​​​​​​Construction Gravel Not Impacting River

Lower South Fork Sonde Launched

COVID-19 in Idaho Information

From Our Partners at FTR - Lifeblood: From Farms to Fish

Painting The Wild Sources Of Moving Water
 
 
 
 
 

Join the Henry's Fork Community on Social Media

 
 
 
 
There are a lot of exciting things happening in 
Henry's Fork country that you want to know about!

Learn more about what's going on, from field work to fundraising events, by following HFF on social media! 
 
 
        
 
 
 

The South Fork Initiative is on Social Media

 
 
 
 
Stay in the loop on flow changes and projects by following the South Fork Initiative on social media or by emailing Bryce.

 
 
 
 
 

Join HFF on a Hosted Trip!

 
 
 
 
Show your support for the Foundation while experiencing incredible fishing around the world! 

Featured Trip: 

Highland and 

Thingvallavatn, Iceland

 
 
 
 


Join the Henry’s Fork Foundation for the the cream of Iceland’s brown trout and Arctic char fishing


June 24 - July 1, 2021


6 Days of Guided Fishing


6 Nights Lodging


Only $4,985 per Person

 
 
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Get Your HFF  Gear Today!

 
 
 
 

Show your support for the Foundation and look good doing it! 


Visit our online store to secure your HFF gear today!

 
 
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What's New With Planned Giving?

 
 
 
 

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Shop and support HFF at the same time!

 
 
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Staying Connected During COVID-19

 
 
 
 
As our days at home continue, we hope you are all safe and healthy. As the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting our Henry’s Fork Foundation community more and more each day, we’d like to take this moment to connect and answer a few questions we have received in recent days. Questions that might be on your mind, too.

Please read through the information below and don’t hesitate to reach out with additional questions or for more information.

The HFF team is thinking of you and our fellow HFF community members in this difficult time.  Stay (virtually) connected with one another, share stories and memories, and look forward to better days ahead filled with good fishing and great friends.
 
 
 
 
Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve heard Ashton and Island Park are asking people not to come to the Henry’s Fork from out of town right now; is this true?

Both Fremont County and Teton County have issued statements asking visitors from out of town not to come to Fremont or Teton County right now to avoid over-stressing these rural communities’ limited resources, including hospital and grocery resources. We are taking this seriously. We are all concerned about the health of our families and neighbors.


Please read the messages from Fremont and Teton Counties below.



All non-essential businesses are closed, including fly shops, and we still have quite a bit of snow on the ground, so instead of traveling, take a moment to watch some fly fishing videos or reminisce over Henry’s Fork photos. We can’t wait to see you all again once this danger has passed.
 
 
 
 
 
If the Boise event is postponed and the HFF office is closed through April 15, does that mean that Henry’s Fork Days is also affected?

As of now, we are remaining optimistic and are moving ahead as planned with Henry’s Fork Days on June 19-20, 2020. However, the health and safety of our members, staff and community is our top priority, so we will continue to monitor the situation and follow advice from the CDC. We will share updates in the coming weeks.
 
 
 
 
 
Are there any HFF programs that have to be cut or can’t continue due to COVID-19?

Field work is the aspect of our programmatic work that has been affected the most. With social distancing requirements and budget considerations, we have prioritized essential, long-term data collection that can be done by a single staff member. This includes maintaining our water quality sonde network and remote transmission to HFF’s data website. It also includes monitoring the Buffalo River fish ladder to maintain fish passage data; and HFF staff were able, with added precautions, to conduct macroinvertebrate (aquatic insect) sampling on the South Fork in February and a scaled back version of sampling on the Henry’s Fork in early March.

It is essential that we maintain these long-term data sets, many of which contribute to our decades long understanding of the Henry’s Fork and its watershed. Unfortunately, weekly water sampling and flow measurements are among the projects that have been paused for the near term.
 
 
 
 
 
What are some of the things HFF can still do?

Thanks to three decades of investment by our members, relationships with partners, and capacity building, there is still a significant amount of work HFF can do. We have many projects and programs well underway thanks to your support. Here is a snapshot of some of the work going on at HFF, currently:


  • Realtime water quality monitoring
  • Fish passage monitoring
  • Rob’s daily water analysis and report, including his upcoming April 1 spring/summer flow predictions
  • Providing data and installing infrastructure to benefit precision water management in the watershed
  • New sonde installations on the South Fork
  • Two PhD level research studies on the upper and lower Henry’s Fork, respectively
  • Continuing to build relationships and increase participation in the Farms & Fish Program to keep water in Island Park Reservoir
  • Grant writing to fund specific programmatic work and leverage existing funds
  • Serving as Voice of the River in administrative, legal, permitting, and other processes that could impact the health of the river. In recent weeks that has included commenting on a stream alteration permit, investigating construction near a canal in St. Anthony, and resolving an access concern at Ora.


With your support, HFF staff will continue mission accomplishment to benefit the Henry’s Fork and its watershed. While we are adapting to the curve ball COVID-19 has thrown us, we will not compromise the top-notch science-based collaborative approach that has conserved this watershed for decades.
 
 
 
 
 
What can I do to help?

None of our work is possible without your support. We are working every day to ensure it remains a healthy and vibrant fishery for when you next return to Henry’s Fork country. But we still need your help to move forward through these uncertain times. Please consider giving this Idaho Gives season.

 
 
DONATE TODAY!
 
 
Any donations prior to May 7 will count towards Idaho Gives. Click the donate button to give and to view the wonderful gifts you will receive for each giving level.

Rivers like the Henry’s Fork have the power to restore our spirits and bring people together. Join us, and take action to help us protect and conserve this special place for generations to come.

If you would like to help, visit our 2020 Idaho Gives page: https://henrysfork.org/2020-idaho-gives, or email brady@henrysfork.org.
 
 
 
 
While this pandemic has disrupted our daily lives and prevented us from spending time (in-person) with our fellow anglers, we hope to stay in touch and stay connected virtually, through our shared love of the Henry’s Fork and the incredible memories we have of enjoying its waters.

Thank you for all you have done and continue to do for the Henry’s Fork Foundation, for this watershed, and for its one-of-a-kind fisheries.
 
 
 
 
        
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