PRESS RELEASE — Tuesday, May 15, 2012
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New OUTDOOR IDAHO Tours 'Palisades by Season'

— Airs Thursday, May 17, at 8:00/7:00 p.m. MT/PT
— Repeats Sunday, May 20, at 7:00 p.m. MT/PT

OUTDOOR IDAHO traces the four seasons of the Palisades in the Caribou-Targee National Forest near the Wyoming border in a new episode that airs this week on Idaho Public Television.

Producer Kris Millgate encompasses the sights, sounds and activities of each season in the 442,000 acres of the Palisades Ranger District east of Idaho Falls.

The show airs Thursday (May 17) at 8:00/7:00 p.m. MT/PT and repeats Sunday, May 20, at 7:00 p.m. MT/PT on IdahoPTV's main channel. "Palisades by Season" also airs several times through Wednesday on the Plus and World subchannels and is available after the Thursday premiere to stream online at idahoptv.org.

"The highlight of shooting Palisades by Season is hard to wrap my head around," says Millgate. "Is it touching the talons of an eagle? Feeling a fish take my fly? A belly full of fresh picked huckleberries? Maybe it's the honor of having the opportunity to enjoy all of those things while I work."

Millgate chronicles the return of the bald eagles in the spring when the Palisades is home to the largest nesting population of the birds in Idaho and the most important nesting area in the Rocky Mountain area. Cameras capture the banding of an eaglet and the inside of an eagle family home high in a tree.

In the summer fishing enthusiasts turn out to cast for trout — rainbows, browns and the native population of cutthroats. The South Fork of the Snake River is considered a great dry-fly fishing river. It also supplies irrigation from Palisades Reservoir to the fields in the valleys to the west. The ranger district's trail crew takes advantage of summer to maintain more than 500 miles of multi-use trails.

Fall brings huckleberry gathering plus hunting and fishing opportunities, all with a backdrop of vividly colored aspen groves. Winter finds an abundance of wildlife seeking south-facing slopes and seclusion. Elk, moose and deer take advantage of the more than 20,000 acres that are protected along the river, and which create an intact corridor.