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To protect and conserve fish and fish habitat in Henrys Lake, Idaho and its watershed. To promote good sportsmanship, conservation of resources, and recruitment of membership to the organization to further enhance the resources available to protect and improve the habitat of the Lake and its watershed, and the health of the overall fishery.

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November 2018

Island Park Welcomes New Henrys Lake Fisheries Biologist (reprint from summer 2018)

The Henrys Lake Hatchery has a new Henrys Lake Fisheries Biologist, Jennifer Vincent. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game hosted approximately 75 people Friday night at the Hatchery facility on Henrys Lake, to meet Jenn and talk fishing. Henrys Lake Foundation and the Drift Lodge helped with the burgers and hot dog dinner including home-made sides and desserts. Jenn will be responsible for collecting research data on fish and helping develop priorities for various fisheries projects. She will provide information about fish resources, regulations and policies to the public; analyze habitat quality and recommend and implement projects to improve fish habitat, including working with landowners who have streams on their property and want to improve them for fish. Basically, what this all means is she will continue the Hatchery’s efforts to improve fish habitat around Henrys Lake. Jenn says, “I am really enjoying being up at Henrys Lake and I look forward to continuing to work with landowners and the Henrys Lake Foundation to improve fishing at Henrys Lake.” Before coming to Island Park, Jenn was a Fisheries Biologist in Ontario, Canada, and she has also worked previously with Idaho Fish and Game, as well as the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. She earned her Master’s degree at Trent University in Canada and her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Richard Hodge, VP of Henrys Lake Foundation, said, “We have partnered with Fish and Game and the Henrys Lake Hatchery for many years to improve fishing on Henrys Lake. We welcome Jenn to Island Park and we look forward to working with her and continuing our partnership with Fish and Game on fish habitat improvement projects throughout the lake and its tributaries for years to come.”

October 2018

BLM seeks public input on Henry’s Lake recreation improvements

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho— The Bureau of Land Management Idaho Falls District is requesting public input on plans for additional recreational access and opportunities on the western and eastern shores of Henry’s Lake. Fremont County submitted a proposal to BLM to expand Bill Frome Park, located on the northwest shore of Henry’s Lake. As part of a holistic approach to the development, the BLM is also considering how to develop and/or manage public land areas along the lake’s south shore. “Public input is key at this juncture,” said Jeremy Casterson, Upper Snake Field Manager. “We need assistance from individuals who recreate in that area to help determine how things should proceed.” As part of the proposal, the BLM has developed several alternatives for both Frome Park and the South Shore. Maps of all eight proposals (Frome Park alternatives A, B, C, D and South Shore alternatives A, B, C, D) and descriptions are available online for public review and comment at the Dept. of the Interior, BLM website: https://go.usa.gov/xPnQR. Hard copies are also available at the Upper Snake Field Office located at 1405 Hollipark Dr. Idaho Falls, Idaho 83401. Henry’s Lake is located in the mountains of southeast Idaho, a short half hour from West Yellowstone. This shallow alpine lake has premier fishing and other recreational opportunities— including camping, hiking and wildlife viewing— in close proximity to traditional working farms and ranches. To ensure your comments are included, please provide your responses no later than November 19, 2018. For questions or for more information on the proposal, please contact Monica Zimmerman, Upper Snake Field Office recreation planner at 208-524-7543 or mzimmerman@blm.gov.

October 2018

18-Class II-030 Public Hearing

Oct 18, 2018 Mr. Jeff Patlovich Island Park City Planning and Zoning Administrator RE: 18-Class II-030 Public Hearing for Ralph and Vicki Andrus at 5219 N. Hwy 20, Island Park Idaho for a 25 ft. variance from the required 75 ft., setback from a body of water. Dear Mr. Patlovich: I am writing to the P and Z Commission to request denial of the requested reduction in setback on behalf of the Henrys Lake Foundation Board of Directors. This property has been a long standing conservation concern for IDFG, Henrys Lake Foundation(HLF), locally active non-profit conservation organizations and local neighboring ranchers due to its location containing a significant wetland, ponds and critical portions of Howard Creek . This area is a Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout(YCT) spawning creek, and the Henrys Lake area and its tributaries are the only location in the State of Idaho that produces naturally spawned YCT. These fish spawn in Howard Creek just above the ponds, and the wetland is a critical nursery for young fry. Although a relatively small production, it’s a valuable asset to the fishery and the State. In 2017, Howard Creek was the best producer of YCT fry than any other tributary of the lake. In years past The Nature Conservancy (TNC) invested funds to provide for an improved culvert under the access road for the previous owner in order to improve passage for spawning YCTs. This resulted in improved spawning numbers returning to the lake. A neighboring rancher attempted to purchase the property outright to prevent any disturbance of the habitat. Another neighboring rancher denied an access easement to reduce the possibility of disturbance of the habitat. We are requesting that the P and Z Commission deny the request of the current owner for a variance from the 75 ft. setback requirement. Setbacks from bodies of water are in place for good reason: to protect bodies of water from disturbance due to development. This is a critical wetland that is very productive for native fish. It deserves protection. The previous owner was denied setback reductions of this magnitude in the past. It appears that the planned development is too large for the buildable portion of the lot. The majority of the property is wetland, not suitable for this type of development, and known to the owner when the land was purchased. The buildable portion will not support a structure of this large size with associated driveways, parking, etc. We appreciate the opportunity to make a public comment on this item of interest in our community. HLF hopes you will consider the concerns we have raised and deny this request. Phil Barker, Past President HLF Board Richard Hodge, Acting President HLF Board Mary Van Fleet, Projects Manager HLF Board

October 2018

Dan Garren begins job as regional supervisor for Fish and Game in Pocatello

As printed in the Post Register - Dan Garren recently took over as supervisor for the Southeast Region of Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Garren, who’s based at the regional office in Pocatello, has more than 25 years of experience in Fish and Game agencies from three different states. However, he said he is excited to be a regional supervisor in Idaho, a state whose citizens, he said, are highly engaged with Fish and Game. “Essentially we’re trying to provide opportunities for recreation,” Garren said. “And when you have an active and engaged sporting public, you just know that people appreciate the opportunities that you’re providing out there. I would 10 times rather have an active pubic than one that’s kind of disengaged from the resource.” As regional supervisor, Garren oversees all management programs within his region. “Basically everything that Fish and Game is doing falls under the responsibility of the regional supervisor.” Garren previously served as regional fisheries manager for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game in Idaho Falls. And though the Southeast Region is, as any other region, often buzzing with activity, Garren said he plans to spend his first few weeks on the job learning. “I certainly didn’t come in with an agenda,” he said. “I look at my role right now as just trying to learn. I’m in a learning phase right now trying to get up to speed on what’s historically been done and where we want to go in the future.” But Garren already has shown interest in some of the region’s activities. He was one of the voices that expressed concern over Pocatello’s Wildlife Feeding Ordinance, which was recently proposed to the Pocatello City Council by the Urban Wildlife Task Force. The council agreed to further discuss the ordinance during a work study session, but the ordinance was pulled from the agenda after Garren, among others, took issue with the complicated prospect of enforcement of the ordinance. Garren said that, though Fish and Game serves as a technical adviser to the task force, the future of the ordinance was primarily up to the members of the task force themselves. “We can provide the science behind different management options to the technical committee, but they’re really the drivers behind this,” Garren said. “And they’re the ones that need to work with city council to get an appropriate rule in place that the city council buys off on and that meets the objectives of the technical group.” For the most part, though, Garren said he is still learning the ropes of the region. “I think the challenge for me is going to be getting up to speed on the issues as fast as they’re coming at us,” he said. “You come in to work thinking that you’re going to be working on a specific topic, and the reality is that you’re probably going to get something you weren’t even expecting. The diversity is pretty substantial, and I enjoy that.” He added that he has also enjoyed working with the region’s staff, who he said have been instrumental in helping him adjust to his new position. “The exciting part is walking into a region where the staff is engaged and knowledgeable about the issues and willing to work with the public,” Garren said. “I’ve been really impressed with the quality of the staff and their engagement.” Overall, Garren said he looks forward to interacting with “these resources and these customers” in his new role and asked that the public be open. “I’d love to hear from people,” he said. “I’d love to hear thoughts and concerns about our programs as a whole and get a better understanding of what our public wants.”

September 2018

Water Quality Monitoring - $11,000 funded by HLF

Excerpts from IDFG Fisheries Biologist, Jennifer Vincent's Quarterly Report - The lower than expected trout in the gill nets this year suggests trout may have experienced a higher than normal mortality rate over the last few years. Potential factor(s) limiting trout production in the lake may be temperature and oxygen. However, limited information exists on water quality in the lake. As many of you may know the IDFG has partnered with the Henrys Fork Foundation, the Henrys Lake Foundation and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality to implement a new sampling program to monitor water quality in Henrys Lake. Our first sampling date was August 7th and we have been out each week since. What data are we collecting? We take water samples, zooplankton samples and collect water quality measurements at six different sampling locations. During the winter our water quality sampling equipment will remain deployed under the ice at one of our sampling locations allowing us to collect continuous water quality information throughout the winter. Water samples will be analyzed for total Nitrogen and total Phosphorus concentrations. We also collect data on dissolved oxygen (DO), temperature, conductivity (a measure of how much “stuff” is in the water column), and algal production (tied to the cyanobacteria blooms we’ve observed in recent years) as well as measuring water clarity. We collect zooplankton on a bi-weekly basis. Our goal here is to gather information on the availability of zooplankton, which is used as a food source for Trout. This is important as we edge closer to the end of September, when we stock all our fish. Along with our partners, we will be evaluating our water quality monitoring program this winter to ensure we are collecting the appropriate data to monitor water quality and its impact on trout. More information regarding this project along with other current activities of the IDFG regarding Henrys Lake can be found at this PDF.