Sawtooth National Recreation Area 50th Anniversary!
Issue: Wild Lands
Partner: Idaho Conservation League
Airport Origin : Hailey
Provide the aerial perspective of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area to conservationists and the media to acknowledge this crown jewel and celebrate the NRA's 50th anniversary!
The Sawtooth National Recreation Area (SNRA) consists of 756,000 acres of magnificent jagged peaks, endless recreation, critical wildlife habitat, a rich cultural history, and hundreds of high-alpine lakes. The region is the cultural homelands of the Shoshone-Bannok Tribes and in 1972 the region was granted further protections as Congress designated the Sawtooth NRA to preserve the areas "natural, scenic, historic, pastoral, and fish and wildlife values, and to provide for the enhancement of recreational values". The Sawtooth NRA houses the headwaters for four of Idaho's major rivers, the Salmon, South Fork of the Payette, Boise, and Big Wood. The SNRA also has some of the most popular camping, boating, and recreation areas in the Idaho.
Taking to the sky proved the majesty of this region, and provided a platform for conservationists and media to raise support for the continued protection for the region. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the SNRA! Our partners at Idaho Conservation League have numerous events this summer to educate on and celebrate the SNRA and its immeasurable historical, ecological, economic, scenic, and recreational values.