PRESS RELEASE — Monday, April 27, 2009
For information contact: Karen Svea Johnson at 373-7369
or Anne Peterson at 373-7368

Live, Hour-Long DIALOGUE Looks at the Owyhee Canyonlands Initiative

— Airs Thursday, April 30, at 8:00/7:00 p.m. MT/PT
— Repeats Sunday, May 3, at 5:00/4:00 p.m. MT/PT
— See it in HD on Thursday at 9:00/8:00 p.m. MT/PT

The Owyhee Initiative has been called a model for solving tough land-management issues. In a special hour-long DIALOGUE on Idaho Public Television, host Marcia Franklin talks with members of the group that worked for eight years to figure out how to set aside both wilderness and multiple-use areas in the Owyhee canyonlands of southern Idaho.

To accommodate the hour-long discussion, DIALOGUE will preempt OUTDOOR IDAHO this week.

Franklin’s guests are U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID); Fred Grant of the Owyhee Initiative Work Group; Craig Gehrke of the Wilderness Society; Ted Howard from the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes; Bill Taylor, a recreationist; and Brenda Richards, a member of the Owyhee Borderlands Trust.

During the live program (April 30, at 8:00/7:00 p.m. MT/PT), Franklin and her guests will take calls from viewers on a toll-free line: 1-800-973-9800. Questions are also accepted through e-mail in advance of the Thursday show ( or through the DIALOGUE Web site ( (No call-ins are accepted on the high-definition [HD] TV airing at 9:00/8:00 p.m. MT/PT or on the Sunday repeat.)

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Crapo was signed into law by President Obama on March 30, 2009. The bill was developed by members of a broad-based coalition representing various interests in the Owyhee canyonlands area. Members discuss how they went from foes to friends, and how the plan will be implemented.

The bill creates 517,000 acres of wilderness, releases 199,000 acres from wilderness study for multiple use purposes, and protects 316 miles of streams with the Wild and Scenic River designation. Certain grazing parcels will taken out of production through purchase or land trades, and access to some previously used roads will be closed. The legislation also authorizes a University of Idaho scientific review center and an independent grazing review process. Franklin and her guests will show maps of the area, discuss the pending changes, and learn more about the cooperative process used to reach a settlement.

DIALOGUE, produced by IdahoPTV, is Idaho’s only weekly statewide public affairs program. The program is funded by the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation. Individual DIALOGUE programs are archived on the IdahoPTV Web site at and can be Web streamed for later viewing.