How many Idahoans are ready to give time, labor and materials to help fish and wildlife? One good indication is the Fish and Game volunteer and reservist program.
In 1999, more than 5,000 volunteers and reservists gave about 100,000 hours of labor and more than $200,000 worth of equipment and materials toward Fish and Game programs and projects. The calculated monetary value of time and materials came to a total of well over $1 million.
Volunteers and reservists participated in most phases of Fish and Game operations, serving more than 100 functions ranging from computer programming to picking up roadkill to relocating big game and birds. Many offer specialized skills and bring their own tools to do jobs that would otherwise be a large hit on the sportsman's license dollar, or might not be done at all.
Materials and equipment volunteers and reservists brought with them included everything from airplanes to mules and packhorses, to tracking dogs to welders.