Dear Friends of PELA,


The Payette Endowment Lands Alliance (PELA) continues to work hard on its mission “to protect the State of Idaho endowment lands located in the McCall area and the North Fork Payette watershed for current and future generations”.  


Here are some things we’ve been working on lately:


  • Publicity: The Spring 2021 issue of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers’ national journal included a feature article entitled “In Depth: Idaho Chapter Works to Secure the Future of State Endowment Lands”, which included a reference to PELA’s work in the region. In March, 2021 the High Country News published an article (click here to read) about the endowment lands based partially on interviews with PELA directors.


  • Communicating With Elected Local Leaders: This week, several PELA directors attended a meeting of the Valley County Commissioners that included other local government officials to discuss endowment lands.


  • Working With a Conservation Coalition: PELA continues to collaborate with a coalition including the Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, Idaho Conservation League, Idaho Wildlife Federation, Payette Land Trust, Conservation Voters for Idaho, Brundage, and local homeowner associations. 


  • Exploring Strategies: This week, the coalition hosted David Weinstein from The Trust for Public Land based in Bozeman, MT to learn about his organization’s work on the $10 million Boise Foothills levy that passed in 2001. It has been used to protect 10,300 acres. We discussed strategies that might be used to protect open space and the watershed in Valley County. 


  • Up Next, a Strategic Stakeholder Meeting: PELA is currently organizing a meeting of representatives from the City of McCall, Valley County, the US Forest Service, Idaho Parks and Recreation, and local conservation groups to discuss a comprehensive strategy to protect McCall state lands and Payette Lake, tentatively slated to be held at the end of May, 2021


Thank you for your support of the Payette Endowment Lands!



Your friends at the PELA

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