PRESS RELEASE — Friday, November 23, 2012
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OUTDOOR IDAHO Celebrates SNRA Anniversary

— Airs Sunday, December 2, at 7:00 p.m. MT/PT

One of the most photographed parts of the state poses for OUTDOOR IDAHO cameras for a new profile of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area (SNRA), which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

“In a ‘Sawtooth Celebration’ we are trying to tell the story of the many caring individuals who worked to protect Idaho’s most famous landscape,” says executive producer and host Bruce Reichert. “Part of that story is a political connection some 40 years ago between the White Clouds and the Sawtooth mountains. It’s a story many Idahoans have not heard, and one they can take great pride in.”

This new hour-long OUTDOOR IDAHO episode premieres Sunday, December 2, at 7:00 p.m. MT/PT during Idaho Public Television’s DecemberFest weekend — November 30-December 2. The weekend is filled with special programming and provides the opportunity to pledge support to IdahoPTV.

Lying in the heart of Idaho, the SNRA encompasses the picturesque Sawtooth Valley, massive mountains, forests, high mountain lakes, a wilderness, and the headwaters and rapids of the Salmon River. Before the establishment of the national recreation area that is overseen by the U.S. Forest Service, many Idahoans supported the creation of a national park. Threatened with plans for a major mine and other development proposals, the debates over the landscape intensified. The growing discussions involved Idaho’s Congressional delegation, longtime conservationists, the newly organizing environmentalists, residents, ranchers, various commercial interests and recreationists. It affected a governor’s race and brought national attention to Idaho.

“I fell in love with the Sawtooth Mountains back in the 1960s, when it was still called the Primitive Area. A weeklong 50-mile hike out of Grandjean in grade school cemented my ardor for the Sawtooths,” Reichert said. “Later, my high school buddies and I would get my folks to drop us off at Pettit Lake or Alturas Lake, then pick us up a week later at another location. I don’t think I’ve missed a year without going back to this special place.”

The show examines the roots of the SNRA, talks with people who were there during the debates on its management, and incorporates vintage footage and photographs. Interviews and contemporary footage look at people and projects that have made the area what it is today. Cameras also follow photographers capturing its beauty and people who are looking at some of the issues that lead into the future.