The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) just released the much anticipated draft Environmental Assessment (EA) on Targhee Pass. Alternative 3, which does not include any wildlife overpasses, was chosen for the upgrade on US 20 from the Hwy 87/US 20 junction to the Montana line. Instead, multiple signage warnings, cut back of trees, and other methods will be used to increase the safety along that portion of the corridor. Here is a list of all documentation, along with technical and other reports used in the EA.
However, everyone is highly encouraged to read this EA report. It explains the reasoning behind the decision, but also has hints of other intentions to expand the species protection in the area such as for bears and wolverines through the Idaho Fish & Game (IDFG) wildlife technical report. Island Park must continue to be on guard for an aggressive agenda for landscape scale agendas which is mentioned in the IDFG report, their agenda will not end here.
There is a 30 day comment period, read the report and submit your comments either by phone (208) 220-5937; email to firstname.lastname@example.org; or regular mail at Idaho Transportation Department District 6 (Attn: Public Involvement Coordinator), P.O. Box 97, Rigby, ID 83442-0097. This is a direct link to the report. A meeting will also be held on Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 4-7 p.m at the Island Park EMS Building, 4124 County Circle Road, Island Park
Making Sense of It All
This blog will help you make sense out of all the information on the website, how it affects IP, previous articles in the IP News, our history, and how efforts continue to put IP into various forms of conservation status.