Monday, August 6, 2012

SNRA to celebrate 40th Anniversary

Photo by Becky J. Parkinson © 2011

The legendary Sawtooth Mountains are perhaps one of Idaho's most famous and recognizable icons. During the late 1960's and early 1970's the late Idaho Senator Frank Church led a history-making effort to protect these jewels of the Gem State. With his signature August 22, 1972, President Richard Nixon created Idaho's beloved Sawtooth National Recreation Area (SNRA).

This month, officials and friends of the SNRA will celebrate 40 years of preserving and protecting the natural, scenic, historic, pastoral, fish and wildlife values of this special area. Both the Sawtooth Wilderness and the Sawtooth Interpretive & Historical Association were also designated in 1972 and will be celebrating 40 years as well.  The SNRA encompasses the bulk of The Salmon River's headwaters.

There are two official opportunities to join the celebration.

The Sawtooth Interpretive & Historical Association (SIHA) will host its annual Ice Cream Social at the Stanley Museum from 1-4:00 pm Sunday, August 12.  Visitors can enjoy free ice cream cones and view new exhibits in the Museum and Ice House. The Forest Service will have several educational displays to learn about the history of the SNRA, noxious weeds, fire safety and Leave No Trace skills. Energetic attendees can try to learn to use a crosscut saw. Smokey Bear will be also be on hand.

On Wednesday August 22, 2012 from 10 am to 2 pm, the public is invited to stop by an open house at either the Ketchum-area SNRA Headquarters or the Stanley Ranger Station where Area Ranger Joby Timm and Deputy Area Ranger Barbara Garcia will be greeting visitors. The 40th person through the door at each location will win a special prize donated by SIHA. There will be education displays and activities for the younger visitors and Smokey Bear will also be in attendance. In addition there will be refreshments and a chance to visit with staff.

The 40th Anniversary date will also be the unveiling of new signs featuring artwork will be used as part of a new brand for the SNRA. The new image was designed as part of the SNRA Interpretive Plan.

For more information about the SNRA's 40th Anniversary and the two events, contact  Julie Thomas, Sawtooth National Forest Public Affairs Officer, 208-737-3262

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