- Idaho Stay in Stage 4 of Reopening
- Gov's Salmon Recovery Workgroup Meeting this coming July 8-9
- FishIdaho.org revamped website live
- OGLB's Overview for Implementation of New (2020) Allocation Law
- Nonresident General Deer & Elk Tags (Reminder)
- Update on Pending Federal Legislation Relevant to the Industry
- Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Portal Reopened for Small Business
- Testing Symposium Part II Webinar Recording
- 2020 Piñata
IDAHO STAYS IN STAGE 4
In conjunction with the press release linked to below, Governor Brad Little announced this past Thursday that Idaho is NOT moving out of Stage 4 as originally planned because the state didn’t meet the criteria set forth for advancement. Statewide, Idaho will remain in Stage 4, though each of the seven regional health districts, counties and cities may enforce stricter guidelines if deemed necessary. Currently Ada County is the only locality to move back to Stage 3 (bars and nightclubs are closed and gatherings are limited to 50 people or less). Idaho has seen a pretty significant spike in cases this past week – particularly in Ada County, the states most populated county. The daily case numbers have now surpassed the former peak in early April. The Governor expressed concern and encouraged mask wearing, social distancing and good hygiene.
Governor's Salmon Recovery Workgroup Next Meeting: July 8-9
It is critical that outfitters, guides and members of rural communities make our voices heard on this issue, in this forum.
Ours is an industry that has long been negatively impacted by the decline in sportfishing opportunities for salmon and steelhead, in their businesses as well as their communities—economically, culturally and socially. The federal agencies have failed for decades to restore endangered wild salmon and steelhead, costing these fishing businesses thousands of jobs and many millions of dollars in lost revenue and income. In small towns across our region that depend on these jobs, the effects are felt in all aspects of community life.
This year, fishing businesses are not only suffering from COVID-19 impacts, but also the sharp edge of what are the worst Spring Chinook returns on record (as measured by PIT tag data), and similarly dismal projections for summer chinook, with fishing seasons are being reduced and closed as a result.
In his weekly update last week,Joe DuPont, fisheries regional manager, said:
“This year’s adult returns to both the Clearwater basin and Rapid River hatchery are the lowest since we have been collecting PIT tag data.”
“In addition, the returns of jacks are also the lowest we have seen since PIT tag data has been collected which doesn’t bode well for next year. I wish I had better news for you, but that is what the data shows.”
If you are able, please take 3 minutes to address the workgroup as a whole. Our industry and our rural communities do not have the luxury of remaining silent on this issue.
Public Comment will be taken on the second day, July 9, at 12:30 PM MT.
The public is invited to provide comments to the Workgroup. Interested members of the public must sign in and indicate their desire to comment on the record upon entering the meeting via the chat function. Each member of the public will be limited to 3 minutes apiece; comments will be taken on a “first come, first served basis” per the sign-in sheet.
The Governor’s Salmon Workgroup also accepts written comments and all written comments will be distributed to the full Workgroup. If you would like to provide comment but cannot join the virtual meeting via Zoom, you can provide written comment by email, submitted to [email protected], using this form.
If you are an IOGA Member and do not see your company listed on the site, please fill out and submit THIS FORM, then (separately) send a short description of your business, up to 60 words, HERE.
(In that e-mail, please also include the e-mail address you would like us to list on the website.)
Designation of Allocated Tags - IOGLB Outline for Implementation of H426
The Idaho Outfitters and Guides Licensing Board has developed a PDF outline for the implementation of H426, the amended tag allocation legislation IOGA passed last legislative session (2020). If you are a hunt outfitter, we encourage you to review the information, flag any areas where you have concerns of could use additional explanation, and reach out to us with either.
Elk & Deer Tags Are Still Available in the Set-Aside Pool
(Outfitters have until July 14 to use these tags. After that, they revert back to the general, non-resident public.)
Hunt Outfitters -
Take Note: There are Still Nonresident Deer & Elk Tags Available for sale, and the only way an non-resident can get them is through an outfitter.
Hunt outfitters need to sell a service, not just a tag—and with the new allocation law, it is up to outfitters to get your allocations built to where you need them. This is especially true in light of the likely IDFG move to put most, if not all, non-resident elk and deer tags in controlled hunts over the coming years. As outfitters, you should not wait for this to happen in any given case, let alone altogether, before building your use ( in turn, allocations).
Remember: it only takes 2-years to establish historic use under the new allocation law; not the 5-years it took under previous statute. Since IDFG will be setting their biennial regs next March, this is a key year for outfitters to build your use numbers (if you are in a position where you need to).
Check the Updated Status of nonresident general deer and elk tags HERE
Trails Stimulus Legislation Introduced
TAKE ACTION TODAY TO SUPPORT THIS BILL
On June 18, Senator Daines (MT) and Senator Sinema (AZ) introduced the Trails Stewardship for Economic Recovery Act, which would provide for federally permitted outfitters & guides to perform trail maintenance and noxious weed treatments on U.S. Forest Service lands.
The Trails Stewardship for Economic Recovery Act would provide $200 million to be distributed to the Forest Service to facilitate partnerships for IOGA Members and its partners to get back to work this season and recover economic damage done by COVID-19 impacts to tourism.
The legislation proposed would streamline the contracting process to ensure outfitters and guides gain access to economic stimulus as expeditiously as possible in exchange for performing trail maintenance and noxious weeds. The Forest Service has a $314 million trail maintenance backlog and an additional $210 million backlog in annual maintenance, capital improvements, and operations. Federally permitted outfitters are strategically qualified to perform this work quickly and effectively.
We urge Congress to act on this proposal now!
Please Call or Email Idaho Senators Risch and Crapo and ask them to support this bill!
Contact Senator Risch HERE
Contact Senator Crapo HERE
Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Portal Reopened for Small Business
Earlier this month, the EIDL Loan program was reopened for general business applications. If you are interested in applying for up to a $10,000 advance ($1,000 per employee) and/or for the 30-year fixed rate loan, and either did not apply or were unsuccessful in submitting an application the first time around, click the button below for more information.