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Railroad Ranch Access in Danger

This information was recently posted on the Henry’s Fork Foundations Web Site:

Railroad Ranch Idaho

Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter has proposed the elimination of general funding for the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) as part of the 2010 state budget. The elimination of IDPR potentially means the loss of public access to state parks and facilities all over Idaho, including the world-famous Harriman State Park in Fremont County.

At no place would the potential loss to the public be more obvious than at the park that started the agency: Harriman. This 11,000-acre park with its eight miles of Henry’s Fork is an international destination, arguably the most famous trout river in the world and one of Idaho’s most recognizable landscapes. The Henry’s Fork Foundation was founded in a cabin across the river from Harriman State Park, and in 1999 Trout Unlimited members voted the Henry’s Fork the best trout stream in America. A study conducted by Colorado State University and sponsored by the Henry’s Fork Foundation and Trout Unlimited estimated that Henry’s Fork generated nearly $30 million towards the local economy and supported, directly or indirectly, more than 800 jobs. According to the agreement between the Harriman family and the state of Idaho, the park must revert to the family should the state default on any of the provisions of the agreement, including that of the provision of a managing agency.

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