WGA-Northern Idaho 7-1-11

Jul 1, 2011

EcoFlight flew members of the Western Governors Association during their 2011 annual meeting held in beautiful Coeur d'Alene in northern Idaho.The northern Rockies landscape around Coeur d'Alene forms part of the crucial wildlife corridor spanning the Idaho and Montana borders. The aerial perspective allowed us to view these corridors as clearly connected landscapes: great examples that we flew were the Clark Fork and Pend Oreille river valleys.

Water, an important natural resource, was also a focus on the flights. This is the wettest part of Idaho - from the Scotchman Mountains down to the Clearwaters is called the interior rainforest or interior wetbelt. Lake Pend Oreille (which the Clark Fork empties into and the Pend Oreille River drains out of), is the largest lake in Idaho and one of the largest in the United States. The Clark Fork is an important source of fresh water as everything west of the Continental Divide in the northern Rockies drains into the Clark Fork, from Glacier Park in the north to the Bitterroot in the South.

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