In late June of 2020, a group of local citizens came together over their shared concern about the need to preserve the state endowment lands in the McCall, Idaho area. After meeting together for several months, these citizens realized their shared values and goals in the formation of the Payette Endowment Lands Alliance (PELA), an Idaho registered nonprofit corporation, to provide a public voice for the preservation of the endowment lands in the McCall, Idaho area. In April 2021 PELA received 501(c)(3) tax exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) meaning that donations, including past donations, are tax deductible.
These McCall area lands are precious. They provide critical wildlife habitat. They provide the watershed for Big Payette Lake, which is the sole drinking water supply for McCall. And they also provide a refuge for people from everyday life as well as unlimited recreational opportunities.
Residents and visitors to McCall know the beauty and wonder of the area where a person can still see undeveloped forests and wildlife around Payette and Little Payette lakes. These lands are what fundamentally makes McCall, McCall. PELA envisions a future where these lands and their ecosystem are protected and enhanced for perpetuity, where lands are accessible to all not just a privileged few, and where the lands productively support the state of Idaho endowment trust fund.
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