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For Immediate Release: February 1, 2022

Contacts:

Josh Johnson, Conservation Associate, Idaho Conservation League

(208) 345-6933 x 301

Courtney Burgard, Environmental Superintendent, Idaho Cobalt Operations

(406) 672-3533

Upper Salmon conservation program soliciting restoration proposals

SALMON, Idaho – The Idaho Conservation League (ICL) and Jervois Mining USA Limited (Jervois) are pleased to announce a request for proposals for the 2022 funding cycle of the Upper Salmon Conservation Action Program (USCAP). The USCAP was created in partnership between Jervois and ICL in 2021 to fund efforts to protect and restore fish, water quality, wildlife habitat, and biodiversity within the Upper Salmon River basin. There is $150,000 available in the 2022 funding cycle for qualifying restoration projects.

All of the funds, which are held in a dedicated account by Jervois, will be put towards on-the-ground projects. The projects may involve activities such as removing barriers to fish passage, improving spawning habitat for salmon and steelhead, and restoring surrounding streamside habitat. 

This second year of the USCAP follows a successful inaugural year that resulted in $150,000 in funding being awarded to three restoration projects in the Upper Salmon Basin. This funding was put towards:

  • Significant riparian planting at a private property along the East Fork of the Salmon River.
  • Assisting the acquisition of a key property along Panther Creek that will be conveyed to the Salmon-Challis National Forest for future fish habitat restoration work. 
  • Moving a problematic diversion on the Lemhi River in fall 2022 to advance an extensive fish habitat restoration project in critical habitat for juvenile Chinook salmon and steelhead.

“We are thrilled to build on a very successful first year of the USCAP and offer another $150,000 in grant funding for restoration projects in 2022,” said Josh Johnson, ICL Conservation Associate. “This program will continue to support restoration work in the region and aims to have a lasting positive impact in the Upper Salmon watershed.”

“Good stewardship of the environment is not just a corporate responsibility, it is a personal value of mine,” said Shana Hilton, HR Manager for Jervois Idaho Cobalt Operations. “The Salmon River is where I call home, it’s where I play. This is my backyard.” Shana has lived in Salmon since 2006 and has worked for the Idaho Cobalt Operation since 2011.

Representatives from ICL and Jervois are now accepting project proposals from interested parties in the region.

For more information, guidelines, and a proposal application, email uppersalmoncap@gmail.com. Funding proposals will be accepted through March 15, 2022. 

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The Idaho Conservation League is Idaho’s leading voice for conservation — for the clean water, clean air, special places, and fish and wildlife that make Idaho’s exceptional quality of life possible. We participate in collaborative projects and partnerships across the state to help develop and implement policies that help restore and sustain Idaho’s clean air, clean water, public lands, fish and wildlife, and the communities that depend on them.

Jervois Global Limited (ASX: JRV) (TSX-V: JRV) (OTC: JRVMF) is an Australia-based mining and refining company. It is a leading cobalt company with significant nickel and copper exposure. Its core mission is to become a leading supplier of responsibly sourced battery minerals products supporting United States industry. Jervois’ Idaho Cobalt Operations (ICO) is located approximately 25 miles west of Salmon, Idaho. The ICO is a permitted underground cobalt mine that is anticipated to start production in the second half of 2022. Once operational, the ICO would be the only producing cobalt mine in the United States.