WHITE BIRD – Located near the Idaho-Oregon border, above the Salmon River and near the small town of White Bird, is a 1,300-acre property donated to the known Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation under the name of Joseph Plains Wildlife Habitat Area. It’s off the beaten track, but this part of western Idaho elk country is now much more accessible due to recent access site improvements.
“We thank our partners at the Idaho Fish and Game and the Idaho Fish and Wildlife Foundation for working with us,” said Kyle Weaver, president and CEO of RMEF. “As the snow melts in the highlands, hunters and others will now have a much easier time accessing this picturesque landscape teeming with wildlife. “
Fish and Game, IFWF and RMEF have funded recent access works, including fencing, gravel, and the installation of improved signage and kiosks leading to the main entry point to the property.
“It’s kind of a hidden gem, both secluded and beautiful,” said Brandi Felts, Fish and Game Regional Habitat Biologist in Clearwater. “You definitely need hiking boots and strong legs to fully enjoy it, but I challenge anyone to come here. It reaches your soul and grabs you, and instantly becomes a part of you.
Located at the head of the Asotin, Howard and Gregory Creek watersheds, which empty into the Salmon River, the wildlife habitat area includes steep canyons, sharp ridges and forests that are prime elk habitat. , deer, black bears, pumas and other wildlife.
The Elk Foundation holds a conservation easement that forever protects the wildlife values of the property. The Fish and Wildlife Foundation oversees Fish and Game’s management of the area for habitat and access with agency assistance, but if it ever seeks to relinquish ownership, ownership automatically reverts to Elk Foundation to ensure it remains intact and open to the public. As the parcel is not officially state land, it appears as private land on the property plans.
Contact the Clearwater area office at (208) 799-5010 for more information on this unique property.