(BOISE) The Idaho Conservation League looks forward to working together with other stakeholders as part of Idaho Gov. Brad Little’s working group on salmon recovery.

ICL’s executive director Justin Hayes received an invitation from Gov. Little’s office to participate in a kickoff meeting June 28.

Hayes said, “We thank Gov. Little for his leadership in convening a working group on salmon recovery and appreciate his invitation to participate.” He added, “We look forward to working together with other stakeholders to find a solution for bringing healthy, sustainable populations of wild steelhead and salmon back to Idaho.”

Gov. Little announced at the April 23 Andrus Center Environmental Conference at Boise State University that his Office of Species Conservation will coordinate a state working group to develop approaches to saving Idaho’s fish. Little noted the group will take into account the interests of different stakeholders.

ICL is working to save Idaho’s salmon and steelhead. Idaho’s iconic fish populations are spiraling toward extinction despite the hard work of many local communities. If Idaho loses salmon and steelhead, not only will these species perish, an integral part of Idaho’s history, culture, economy and outdoors life will also disappear. Bold action is needed now to develop solutions together that will keep communities whole and not leave Idahoans behind.