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The Snake River's fish are struggling, and an upstream mine is another threat


Joseph Canyon looming above Joseph Creek, incredible fish habitat and an important tributary to the Grande Ronde River. Photo by Leon Werdinger.

At GHCC, we value connectivity: between people, between people and place, and between landscapes. Connectivity leads to strength and resilience in our lives and our ecosystems. It also means when one part of that web is impacted, the rest feels the effects.


Mindful of this fact, we recently submitted comments opposing the Stibnite Gold Project (SGP), a renewed effort to mine gold and antimony on public lands in Idaho near the headwaters of the South Fork Salmon River. This project has the potential to harm the entire Salmon River watershed, a very important tributary to the Snake River that forms the eastern boundary of the Greater Hells Canyon Region.

A map of GHCC’s mission area.

Our mission area can be broadly defined as the eastern 2/3rds of the Blue Mountains ecoregion in Northeast Oregon, Southeast Washington, and Western Idaho, including the full extent of the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. When it comes to projects with watershed-wide impacts, such as the Stibnite Gold Project, it behooves us to pay attention when things are going on upstream of us.