There is a reason why Idaho still has great spawning and rearing habitat for salmon and steelhead and in general it is due to wilderness designation, scenic river designation and roadless areas. I know, I just pissed off 70 percent of the state who think wilderness is a federal encroachment on their rits (sorry, rights), but we wouldn't still have great areas like the Middle Fork of the Salmon River if we didn't lock it away in a wilderness and scenic river designation. Quite frankly, though, we need more wilderness and scenic river designations and roadless areas.
While the older I get, the less and less I believe any amount of protest really does anything (especially with so many distractions we have today from the propaganda news for the right and for the left to the absolutely sad list of trending stories on any search engine's aggregated news), I still think you have to stand up and be counted. So, go here, and comment, yell from the mountain tops, camp out on the state capitol lawn or whatever to stop this from happening.
I promise you, this isn't good for salmon or steelhead. I also promise you that this will likely fall on deaf ears, because it is Idaho and it is Idaho County and both are known for declaring emergencies because of wolves accounting for 1 percent of all the livestock deaths in the state. I would hate to see what they would do if they saw lightning strike near some cattle. So, the idea that getting the bulldozer out in the middle of the Salmon River to get some gravel is bad for salmon and steelhead and indeed for all things that the Salmon River is, will be foreign to those who ultimately have the last word. And the reason is simple, it's Idaho, and the electorate has a way of scraping the bottom of the barrel for its leaders.
But do it anyway, because at some point we have to say enough is enough and stop stupidity and greed before it ruins something we all cherish, and we don't all cherish gravel. Though there seems to be a gravel pit about every five miles in this state.
It's a simple message you need to convey to those who make the decision...The Salmon River is not open for gravel mining.