Idaho Fish and Game officials are pleased with the number of people who have registered for its upcoming three-day wildlife summit at Boise but say registration at some of the satellite sites such as Lewiston are lagging.
The summit, billed as a discussion about the future of fish and wildlife management in Idaho, will take place Friday through Aug. 26 at the River Side Hotel in Boise. But the event will also be broadcast to sites in Lewiston, Coeur d’Alene, Salmon, Twin Falls, Pocatello and Idaho Falls. Nearly 400 people have signed up to attend at Boise, enough that an overflow room will be used.
Idaho Fish and Game spokesman Niels Nokkenentved said the department hopes to have about 100 people participate at each of the satellite sites. At Lewiston, only 28 people have registered to attend. At Idaho Falls, more than 100 people are registered, followed by 90 at Pocatello Falls, 59 at Twin Falls, 42 at Coeur d’Alene and 21 at Salmon.
“The push is on in some of those regions where the numbers are a little lower to encourage people to try to sign up,” he said. “We are hoping for a broad mix of people with a variety of interests. That is kind of what we are looking for as a future, to bring together a variety of interests. Not just hunters or anglers or bird watchers but everyone.”
The Lewiston meeting will be at the Red Lion Hotel. Speakers at the summit will include Shane Mahoney, a biologist and wildlife conservation spokesman from Newfoundland, Canada; Toni Hardesty, director of the Nature Conservancy in Idaho and the former director of the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality; and Jim Posewitze, founder of Orion The Hunter’s Institute.
People can register for the summit at Boise or any of the other venues at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/summit/. The summit can also be followed live on the same website.
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