Press Release

January 2018

Master Naturalist Chapter seeks new members

Anyone who enjoys and appreciates Idaho’s outdoors can be an Idaho Master Naturalist.

The Idaho Master Naturalist Program aims to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to actively work toward stewardship of Idaho’s natural environment.

A certified Master Naturalist completes 40 hours of hands-on, experiential classroom and field training about Idaho ecology, plants, animals and natural systems. Participants also complete 40 hours of volunteer service for local conservation agencies.

Fish and Game volunteer activities include assisting biologists with raptor monitoring, fisheries management, habitat restoration, migratory bird surveys, opportunities to support educational activities at regional wildlife management areas, and many more.

Volunteer hours can be divided between agencies such as Fish and Game, BLM, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Nature Conservancy, Teton Regional Land Trust and other nature-orientated organizations.

The Upper Snake Chapter of the Idaho Master Naturalists will begin the 2018 certification classes on March 5. Classroom presentations will be provided from a diverse selection of natural resource experts. Classes are typically held at the Idaho Fish and Game office in Idaho Falls Monday evenings from 7-10 p.m. and run through June 18.

Enrollment cost is $75 per person.

For more information, visit idahomasternaturalist.org, or see them on Facebook at Upper Snake Chapter, Idaho Master Naturalists. To register for the upcoming classes, call 208-524-0383 or email tony.appelhans@gmail.com. Applications are available at the Fish and Game office in Idaho Falls and should be submitted by February 16, 2018.

Public's Help Sought in Deer Poaching Case

Fish and Game is asking the public for information regarding the recent poaching of a large mule deer buck. The poaching incident likely occurred during the weekend of January 6th.

Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) is offering a reward for information in the case and callers can remain anonymous. Contact CAP at 1-800-632-5999 twenty four hours a day.

Egin-Hamer closure in effect Jan 1

IDAHO FALLS - What started out as an idea by local county commissioners to reopen a popular farm to market road nineteen years ago continues to be a success not just for humans, but also for wintering wildlife.

The absence of human disturbance created by the closure allows herds of deer, elk, and moose to spend more time down on the desert between St. Anthony and Dubois during crucial portions of the late winter and early spring. Special emphasis is being placed on preventing vehicles from accessing that portion of the Red Road within the closure. Vehicles found beyond barriers will receive citations.

The Egin-Hamer Area Closure places nearly 500 square miles of land off-limits to human entry for the protection of wintering deer, elk, and moose herds. The closure begins on January first and lasts through the end of March on lands south of the Egin-Hamer Road and until April 30, north of it. Signs marking the area north of the Egin-Hamer road are fluorescent orange, while signs for the earlier opening southern portion are lime green colored.