TWIN FALLS, I.D. — The National Wild Turkey Federation, the Boy Scouts of America, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and local landowners are partnering to improve water-corridor habitat in the South Hills.
The South Hills Strutters, the local NWTF chapter, pledged to donate wildlife-friendly trees and shrubs to any boy scout who wishes to do a service project improving the vegetation that grows along creeks and streams. The Magic Valley Region of IDFG also has agreed to contribute to habitat projects that meet agency objectives through their Habitat Improvement Program funds. In addition to the labor provided, the scouts come away from the projects with a learning and service experience.
Duck Spring Ranch in Rogerson, a partnering landowner who lost many of its cottonwoods during fires in the 1960s, hosted scouts for a weekend campout and service project. Youth scouts planted more than 75 trees and shrubs along a portion of Deep Creek on private land and installed protective fencing around the majority of the plants.
The Idaho State Chapter of the NWTF provided trees – primarily of black cottonwood, chokecherry and Wood’s rose, as well as a few oaks – mulch and fencing materials to protect the plantings from cattle, deer and elk.
The NWTF has identified the South Hills as one of the focal landscapes in its Western Wildlands region of America’s Big Six of Wildlife Conservation.
Other service organizations also are encouraged to contact the NWTF at email@example.com or (541) 550-7074 if they are interested in similar projects.