Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Group seeks input on the Pioneers-to-Craters region

Express Staff Writer

A small group of local residents has been discussing the future of the vast landscape between the Pioneer Mountains and Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve.

The loosely organized coalition of ranchers, landowners and nonprofits has begun to refer to itself as the Pioneers Alliance. This Thursday, Feb. 26, the group will branch out and begin soliciting ideas from the public about the scenic area stretching north and east of Carey.

The 7 p.m. gathering will be a joint public meeting of the Carey City Council and Blaine County Commission. It will be held at the Carey City Hall at 20482 Main St.

The approximately 2 million-acre Pioneers-to-Craters region is a land of superlatives. From its highest point at the crest of 12,009-foot Hyndman Peak in the central Pioneers—the ninth highest peak in Idaho—the mountains fall away to wildlife-rich foothills north of Carey and, finally, to the wide-open sagebrush and lava rock plains of Craters of the Moon. Much of the area is drained by the south-flowing Little Wood River.

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