Welcome to the Western Whitewater Association  
    Promoting Safe Whitewater Jetboating, Family Recreation, and Access to Rivers

Next Meeting - Monday, April 14th, 7:00pm 

Canyon Creek Restaurant & Lounge
1411 Shilo Dr.
Nampa, Idaho      (208) 467-4939
I-84  Exit 36

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Blue Mountain Forest Plan Revision Update

Take a quick peek at the latest newsletter! Highlights include:
·         The extension of the comment period
·         New Maps Coming Soon!
·         What is Coming Next
·         Public Meeting Attendance estimates
·         Pictures from the public meetings
If anyone is interested in receiving a copy of the Proposed Revised Land Management Plan or DEIS, please contact bluemtnplanrevision@fs.fed.us or call the following numbers: 541-523-1302 or 541-523-1246.

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IDPR is accepting applications to fill vacancies on Advisory Committees

The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) is accepting applications to fill vacancies on the following Advisory Committees in the following areas: 

·         Recreational Vehicle (RV) Advisory Committee;
·         Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Advisory Committee;
·         Waterways Improvement Fund (WIF) Advisory Committee;
·         Off-Road Motor Vehicle (ORMV) Committee;

These committee members evaluate grant applications based on established criteria and make recommendations to the Idaho Park and Recreation Board for funding. Members are required to attend meetings during the year with travel expenses reimbursed.

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PUBLIC LANDS: Panel takes ideas on reauthorizing recreation fees  

House lawmakers today took ideas from federal officials, outfitters, concessionaires and public lands users on how Congress should best reauthorize a 2004 law that dictates how fees are charged to access federal lands.

The outcome will affect everyone from campers and boaters to educational organizations and businesses, seniors and veterans -and it will most certainly affect federal agencies' bottom lines.

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Federal Judge allows privatization of all recreation on all national forests

The ruling essentially means that private companies operating under permit on National Forest land can require everyone to pay a fee for doing anything, anywhere within their permit area.

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Man missing after boating accident in Hell's Canyon

Friday, 3/21/14.  A boat capsized in the Wild Sheep rapids, about 8 miles north of Hells Canyon Dam.

A large search effort is underway on the Snake River after a jet boat capsized on Friday night, throwing its three occupants into the water.
The Wallowa County Sheriff's Office says the boat capsized just before 7 p.m. Friday while attempting to negotiate rapids about eight miles north of Hells Canyon Dam.
Two men in the boat were able to make it to shore, while the third is still unaccounted for.
The sheriff's office identified the missing man as 42-year-old Ricky M. Flores of Caldwell.
The other two men were identified as 42-year-old Charles W. Gissel, of Ontario, and 43-year-old Eric Meyerhoffer, of Payette. Officials have not said if they suffered any injuries in the accident.
Sunday, the Oregon Department of Corrections confirmed all three men were employees at Snake River Correctional Institution, a medium security prison near Ontario.
Officials say the boat is also unaccounted for.
Several law enforcement agencies, along with the Oregon Air National Guard, U.S. Forest Service, and Idaho Power are involved in the ongoing search efforts.  They plan to resume the search on Monday.

Blue Mountains DRAFT Forest Plan Released for Public Comment

Information release from forest service:

Thank you for your interest in the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision. We are pleased to announce the release of the Blue Mountains Forest Proposed Revised Land Management Plan (Forest Plan) and associated Draft Environmental Impact Statement. After more than ten years of collaborative work with the public, local, state, and tribal governments, the DEIS and Proposed Revised Forest Plan are available for you to read, review, and submit your comments during a 90-day comment period that begins March 14, 2014.  

The DEIS and Proposed Revised Forest Plan can be downloaded from our website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/BlueMtnsPlanRevision . We encourage you to download the documents from the web.  These versions are more user-friendly because the documents are easily searchable for sections you are interested in, and it saves money in printing/shipping costs.  Printed copies are available to read at local libraries and Forest District Offices. Compact discs (CDs) and a limited number of printed copies are also available upon request. Requests can be made by sending an email to:  bluemtnplanrevision@fs.fed.us, or by calling 541-523-1302 or 541-523-1246.

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FLREA Replacement Bill Hearing

A letter from Kitty Benzar President Western Slope No-Fee Coalition

It's back, with some modifications and additions that make it even worse (such as raising the allowance for administrative overhead and collection costs to 25% of revenue and virtually no restrictions on what fees can be charged). 

Bottom line I don't like this bill and I don't think you will either. I think we would be better off keeping FLREA as it is and continuing to chip away at making the FS and BLM follow its requirements and restrictions than replacing it with Bishop's proposal - at least it has some requirements and restrictions, which this "discussion draft" does not. As I read it, it would be a complete capitulation to the agencies and a transfer of ownership of our public lands to them, with we the public relegated to being mere customers.

It would be very helpful if the subcommittee staff gets some feedback from groups like Western Whitewater between now and the rescheduled hearing April 4

click here to read all of Kitty's letter and see where to send comments

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First Quagga Mussel Infested Boat of the Season Intercepted

The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) announced that mandatory watercraft inspection stations are now open in Idaho. The stations are concentrated on highway routes entering the state.  Stations began opening in February, and the program already has intercepted one mussel-fouled boat at the Cotterell Port of Entry station on Interstate 84 near Burley. 

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Big Salmon Road #1614 is blocked

The Big Salmon Road #1614 is blocked by a large rock a few hundred feet after Fall Creek.  There is currently no vehicle access to Carey Cr. or Vinegar Cr. Boat Ramps.  ID County Road crew and FS Road personal our aware of the situation.

     Rock Slide  Update March 12th (click on photo for larger view)

The current plan is to assess the situation and see how the rocks can be safely removed.  No timeframe, but ID County believes this could take 1-2 days to take care of.  Another unknown is the stability up slope and what may or may not happen as pieces are removed, however, the current priority is to open the slide enough to get folks out.   Float boaters should plan on taking out at Spring Bar for the time being.  

Glenn's Ferry Run - March 15th

Our next run is the Glenn’s Ferry run. This run starts out by Three Island park and runs up to Peg Leg Rapid. It depends on you if the run stops at the bottom or the top! It is normally a highly attended run that is followed by a steak dinner back in the camp grounds. Many people stay the night and attend the pan cake break-fast the following morning. The run is fairly easy going with only a couple technical spots. The run is March 15th. Drivers meeting will be at 9:45 at the ramp. Set to launch first group at 10:00am.

Blue Mountain Forest Plan Revision Newsletter

The forest service is announcing the upcoming release of the draft EIS and proposed Revised Land Management Plan. In this newsletter issue you will find a message from the three Forest Supervisors, facts on what defines a Forest Plan, an update on where they have been, information on where they are going, how to comment on the documents, a project timeline and the schedule for upcoming public meetings.

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The Wilderness Land Trust purchases the Painter Mine

The Painter Mine is located in the heart of the rugged Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, the nation’s second largest wilderness area.

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Life Flight Membership

lifeflight logoThe WWA is offering an opportunity for any member to join Life Fight for only $55.00 a year.  We need to have 25 members sign up.  To everyone who joined last year (we don’t have a list) your membership has expired.  Applications are available  through Anita Shore.  To request an application, either call Anita at 208 454-1669 or click here to email her.

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