First Master Naturalist Chapter Formed in Idaho

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A volunteer teaches children about stream ecologyIdaho’s first master naturalist chapter is forming this summer in Fremont County.

Residents in the Island Park area formed the Henrys Fork Chapter of the Idaho Master Naturalist Program after a recent training session. Master naturalists are trained volunteers dedicated to public education and to the conservation of their area’s natural resources.

Individuals who complete the master naturalist certification volunteer their time, energy, and resources to assist such agencies as Idaho Department of Fish and Game, the U.S. Forest Service, Idaho Parks and Recreation and others in an effort to support local research and to educate the public about conservation of natural resources.

Subjects covered in the training session included ecological concepts, wetland ecology, plants, forest ecology, mammology, weather, entomology, aquatic ecology, fishes, rangeland management, land use and ownership, herpetology, and birds.

The Island Park program was spearheaded by Sara Focht from Fish and Game in Boise and locals including Mary Van Fleet, Nancy Olson, Anne Marie Miller, and Sue McKenna. Organizations involved in helping to start the chapter included the Henrys Fork Foundation, U.S. Forest Service, Idaho Parks and Recreation Department (Harriman State Park), The Nature Conservancy, and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

Contact Sara Focht at Fish and Game in Boise at 208-921-6933.