Editor’s Note: The Valley Creek Management Plan Final for Distribution was finalized on June 8, 2017.
The Valley Creek Preserve in Stanley was established in 2015 to protect salmon habitat, wetlands, and the scenic views of the stunning Sawtooth Valley. Since then, the Land Trust has been working with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, the City of Stanley, other organizations, and the local community to come up with plans and goals for best managing the property.
“The Land Trust is excited to work with the community of Stanley to develop a management plan that protects fish and wildlife habitat of the Valley Creek Preserve and creates an asset for the entire community and its visitors,” said Keri York, the Land Trust’s director of conservation.
Historically, Valley Creek and its tributaries have been home to Chinook and sockeye salmon, steelhead, bull and west slope cutthroat trout, and other native fish species. Chinook salmon still spawn in stretches of the creek, making the small mountain stream critical habitat.
The preserve covers 34 acres, including wet meadows and a one-mile stretch of Valley Creek, making the property the largest undeveloped area within the City of Stanley. The acquisition was made possible by a grant through the Idaho Governor’s Office of Species Conservation and a donation by the Hosac family.
The Land Trust has identified six goals for the property:
1: Protect and restore fish and wildlife habitat.
2: Preserve ecological function of salmon spawning habitat and riparian plant communities.
3: Create a community asset that connects with other natural, scenic and historical attributes of Stanley.
4: Secure funding for ongoing management and stewardship of the preserve.
5: Collaboratively seek funds for restoration and public access elements (trails, parking, signage, etc.)
6: Develop educational and interpretative signage at visible points for the public.
The public is being asked to lend its voice to the cause. The next meeting of the Valley Creek Preserve Community Planning Process will be held in Stanley on September 22 from 6 to 8pm. You can learn more about the work to date through the following documents:
For more information please contact Wood River Land Trust at 208-788-3947.