July 2019


Upcoming Events


South Fork Gala


July 26, 2019

6:00 - 8:00 PM

Join us for our first South Fork Initiative event at the South Fork Lodge in Swan Valley, ID.

Family Day BBQ


August 14, 2019

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Henry's Fork Lodge Reception


August 28, 2019

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


San Francisco Reception


November 7, 2019

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM


What You Might Have Missed in HFF News

Water Quality Data Website Now Live

5,000 RBT/Mile in Box Canyon

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Rowing Volunteers Still Needed

A Look into the Byers Scholarship

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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! 


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


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IDWR Island Park Reservoir Enlargement Study


The Idaho Water Resource Board (IWRB) is evaluating options for increasing water supply, including an alternative from the Henry’s Fork Basin Study, Island Park Reservoir Enlargement. This would involve using flood surcharge space in the reservoir that is already within USBR’s existing authorized easement around the reservoir to provide additional storage capacity. IWRB, in consultation with USBR, started an analysis of potential impacts to property and infrastructure. This assessment is complete and results will be presented to the IWRB’s Water Storage Projects Committee on July 24th at 6 PM at the Springhill Suites, 1177 S Yellowstone Hwy, Rexburg. The meeting is intended for informational purposes and is open to the public.

Strictly from a fisheries perspective

There are a lot of subtleties to this issue, so we will only speak to impacts on fisheries. With appropriate administrative conditions, increasing the capacity of Island Park Reservoir has the potential to benefit fisheries above the reservoir, in the reservoir, below Island Park Dam, and in the lower Henry’s Fork. Research and monitoring shows that water in the river downstream of the reservoir is cooler when the reservoir stays more full, and this temperature advantage would be greater if the reservoir were a couple of feet deeper. A larger reservoir would provide more habitat for reservoir fish, which migrate into the upper Henry’s Fork, and improve water quality in the reservoir and in the river downstream.


HFF's 35th Anniversary: 

Innovation, Thanks to You!


Throughout our 35th Anniversary year we’ve highlighted various accomplishments for the river that were made possible thanks to you, the founders and members of the Henry’s Fork Foundation. We began with the lessons we’ve learned thanks to the ever-growing science program you supported over the past three decades. Then, we highlighted some key projects and programs that have made a meaningful difference for the river.

Now we are looking to the future and all that we might accomplish thanks to you. Thanks to your passion and donation of time and resources, HFF is able to innovate and be a leader in conservation both in eastern Idaho and beyond. We’ve made great strides in key projects like water quality monitoring and have launched a number of brand new programs, including the Upper Snake River Collaborative Farms & Fish Program and South Fork Initiative. If we hope to conserve the Henry’s Fork and its fisheries for generations to come, we must think big to find durable solutions to the major challenges we face. But we are up to the challenge. All of us, as the Henry’s Fork Community, can ensure a bright future for this river by innovating and working together to conserve this one-of-a-kind resource.

All we do is thanks to you.

Follow us on social media during July and August to learn more about the innovative projects and programs tackling major challenges for the benefit of Henry’s Fork fisheries.


What You Might Have Missed: Special Highlight

Written by Natalie Pontikes, HFF Visual Media and Communications Intern

Join us for HFF's 2nd Annual Summer Seminar Series, Tuesdays from 3-4 PM in the HFF Community Campus at 801 Main Street in Ashton. The talks are open to the public and provide valuable insight on current projects in the Henry’s Fork watershed. So far, talks have covered a variety of topics including field work approaches and new PhD research. The seminar series talks have been aimed at informing and engaging the community as well as the new HFF summer interns.

The series began with a discussion of the history of HFF and the Henry's Fork, followed by a presentation titled "The fishery of the South Fork Snake River and HFF's role in its conservation," which noted the interconnected ecology of the South Fork and the Henry’s Fork. Christina Morrisett, HFF Doctoral Research Associate/Utah State University Ph.D. student, presented on linking ecohydrology and social systems to support multi-stakeholder management on the lower Henry's Fork. Bryce Contor, HFF/Friends of the Teton River Landowner Outreach Manager, presented on strategies for reducing irrigation demand and increasing soil health at the farm/ranch. On the third week, conservation technician and former HFF intern Kamberlee Allison presented on the Economic value of fishing and other recreational river use in the Henry's Fork watershed. Jack McLaren, HFF Doctoral Research Associate/USU PhD student gave his presentation, “Managing development: Evaluating the effect of nutrient enrichment on the Henry's Fork.”

Looking ahead, the community will hear from John Sigler and Don Zaroban, editors of Fishes of Idaho: A Natural History Survey, and our six summer interns.  July 16th seminar has been cancelled. The next seminar will be July 23rd.

View the full schedule here.

Henry's Fork Days XXXV has Record Breaking Success

Our Henry’s Fork Days event was a record breaking success! It was a wonderful evening with friends coming together to support a great cause. A special thanks to our event co-chairs, Jack Roberts and John Gaynor, and the planning committee, for making the event happen. With great attendance, exciting live and silent auction, it was surely a night to remember!

Youth on the Fly Event Seeking Shuttle Volunteers

The Henry’s Fork Foundation is looking for volunteers to run shuttles for our 7th annual “Youth on the Fly” kids fishing event. HFF's “Youth on the Fly” program aims to engage local youth in recreation on our local river under the instruction of the area’s best, professional Henry’s Fork fishing guides. Volunteers would meet HFF at the Stone Bridge Boat Ramp (located at the Warm River confluence) at 10:00 AM on Thursday, August 15th, where guides will unload boats, prepare lines, and then depart on the river. After the kids depart on the river, shuttle drivers will need to take trucks to the Ashton Reservoir (park in upper lot above boat take out).  Volunteers need to have a valid driver’s license, and be able to safely and confidently drive a vehicle with a boat trailer in tow. 

Please contact Ben Ortman at ben@henrysfork.org or (208) 652-3567 if you are able to help with this event, the help is greatly appreciated.