Friends of the SNRA Take Action to Preserve the Sawtooth National Recreation Area (SNRA)
SNRA at Risk: Private Airports in the Sawtooth Valley Don't Belong!
Michael Boren, owner of Hell Roaring Ranch across from 4th of July Creek, has been operating an airport and heliport without the needed permits in the Sawtooth Valley. The Friends of the SNRA (Sawtooth National Recreation Area) want it stopped. We need YOUR voice; public comment letters need to be submitted before August 18 and the in-person testimony is on August 25th.
The Friends of the SNRA organized an appeal to the Custer County Planning and Zoning Committee's decision of approval on the permit. Read the details of why this is illegal, and help us stop the approval of this airstrip in the Sawtooth Valley.
The decision is before the Custer County Commissioners and they need to know that private airports don't belong. Show that you care by attending their meeting in person and by writing them. Personal testimony at the public hearing is the most effective. All written comments and in person testimony will be considered by the Custer Commissioners.
Step 1: Write a Letter Written comments will be accepted until August 18 before 5:00PM. Letters to the Custer County Commissioners can be sent via email to: email@example.com or mailed to:
Lura Baker Custer County Clerk PO Box 385 Challis, ID 83226
Step 2: Speak at the Public Hearing The hearing is scheduled for August 25, 2021, 7:00PM in Challis Bus transportation from Stanley is being organized. Testimony at the hearing is a maximum of 5 minutes and you must sign up to speak at the door.
Follow and share the updates on our new Facebook Page regarding transportation to the hearing and status of the appeal.
The Friends of the SNRA are a group of advocates, neighbors of Boren’s, area businesses, property owners throughout the SNRA, and other concerned citizens who want to take action to see the values protected for which the SNRA was created. We have raised funds for an attorney to fight the airport and we need your help to continue taking action.
In 1972, Congress created the Sawtooth National Recreation Area to preserve and protect the area’s “natural, scenic, historic, pastoral, and fish and wildlife values and to provide for the enhancement of the recreation values associated therewith.”
Boren built his airstrip without many of the needed permits and without consideration of the noise and other impacts of his flights on his neighbors and wilderness users. The Friends argue that having this airport is inappropriate on land with a scenic easement and should not be allowed when there are two perfectly good airports within minutes of Boren's property.
People in the Sawtooth Valley have purchased property, and those who visit the beautiful mountains and lakes, come knowing that the SNRA is protected from development that will mar its quiet and beauty. If Boren is allowed to operate his airport, all of the scenic, natural, pastoral, historic values of the SNRA fly out the window, so to speak. Please keep this from happening.