The town of Salmon in Lemhi County is located on the Salmon River in central Idaho along the old Lewis and Clark trail. Its wealth of natural assets includes a variety of threatened and endangered species; its historic past and outstanding recreational opportunities make it a popular destination. While not a large community, Lemhi residents face large-scale issues that could alter their way of life. Wildfires, endangered species, development, tourism, habitat restoration needs, and changing markets are just some of the challenges facing local people and affecting the long-term stewardship of USDI BLM lands.
Starting in the mid-1990s, the BLM, Lemhi County Commissioners, and the Mayor of Salmon initiated a partnership to protect open space, water quality, ESA fisheries, and to maintain the rural atmosphere and lifestyle treasured by Lemhi County residents. By working toward shared stewardship, citizens could be a driving force in public land management and public lands would contribute to maintaining privately-owned open space and the ecologically rich bottomlands they contain.