ICL-Pioneer Mountains, Idaho 6-27-11

Jun 27, 2011

EcoFlight flew with the Idaho Conservation League over the Pioneer Mountains and Craters of the Moon region of south-central Idaho, one of the West's most unique and unspoiled landscapes. The region supports tremendous wildlife populations, large working farms and ranches, a wide diversity of ecosystem types, and provides access for hunting and other recreation opportunities. The vast relatively untouched sagebrush habitat is a stronghold for sage grouse, a refuge for the pygmy rabbit and a key migration corridor for pronghorn antelope.

The Pioneers Alliance, a coalition of farmers, ranchers, local residents, conservationists and agency and elected officials, are working together to sustain the natural and cultural values of this region. They have helped protect landscapes through conservation easements, sage grouse and pronghorn migration studies and community outreach and development programs.

Many of the pressures faced by other large landscapes in the West have not yet been felt in the Pioneers-Craters landscape, providing a remarkable opportunity to protect these open spaces, abundant wildlife, small communities and agricultural way of life and to build an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable future.