Executive Director's Message by John May 8/28
IOGA Government Affairs LiaisonGrant Simonds continues as the IOGA Government Affairs Liaison after having served 29 years as the IOGA Executive Director. He monitors state and federal agencies, serves as IOGA’s primary contact with the national outfitter organization, America Outdoors Association, and assists the IOGA lobby team of Risch Pisca PLLC with monitoring the Idaho Legislature.
50th Anniversary of theWilderness ActSeptember 3rd marks the 50th anniversary of passage of the 1964 Wilderness Act. It immediately placed 54 areas in 13 states that totaled 9.1 million acres of American lands into the National Wilderness Preservation System, including Idaho’s Selway Bitterroot Wilderness. Today the wilderness system contains nearly 110 million acres of lands in 750 wilderness areas in all but six U.S. states. These wilderness lands all exist within our national parks (43.9 million acres), national forests (36.1 million acres), national wildlife refuges (20.7 million acres) and Bureau of Land Management lands (8.7 million acres). Alaska has in excess of 57 million acres of wilderness or about 52 % of wilderness area in the United States. Idaho has 12 designated wilderness areas and over 4.5 million acres. The Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness is the largest forest wilderness in the lower 48 at nearly 2.3 million acres. Speaking of Idaho Senator Frank Church, he was the Senate floor sponsor for The Wilderness Act of 1964.
- Big Jacks Creek Wilderness
- Bruneau – Jarbidge Rivers Wilderness
- Craters of the Moon National Wilderness Area
- Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness
- Gospel Hump Wilderness
- Hells Canyon Wilderness (Oregon and Idaho)
- Little Jacks Creek Wilderness
- North Fork Owyhee Wilderness
- Owyhee River Wilderness
- Pole Creek Wilderness
- Sawtooth Wilderness
- Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness