Pat Ford

Pat Ford

Pat Ford grew up in Idaho Falls. He worked for the Idaho Conservation League for seven years, and he worked for the Save Our wild Salmon Coalition for 22 years. He retired in 2014 and lives in Boise with his wife, Julia Page.

Ian Tyson performs at Stagecoach in California

Farewell to Ian Tyson, the finest chronicler, in song, of the North American West

By: - February 9, 2023

Ian Tyson died Dec. 29, age 89, at his ranch near Longview, Alberta. I think he is the finest chronicler, in song, of the North American West.       Mr. Tyson learned guitar in a hospital – his ankle got between a rodeo bronc’s hoof and hard ground — and started out in the late `50s in […]

Summer afternoon at snowy Sawtooth Lake, Idaho

Wild salmon and 50 years of Idaho’s Sawtooth National Recreation Area

By: - December 30, 2022

Fifty years ago, Idahoans in large numbers and variety asked the U.S. Congress to create the Sawtooth National Recreation Area in the headwaters of the Salmon River. In the 1972 creation statute, the first stated purpose of the new area is to preserve its wild salmon. The opposite has happened. All the Sawtooth National Recreation […]

Idaho Sunbeam Dam

As smolt-to-adult returns continue to dwindle, salmon can teach us a lesson at Idaho’s Sunbeam Dam

By: - June 10, 2022

This is a story from one lifetime ago in the highest salmon grounds on earth, Idaho’s upper Salmon River. It bears on a judgment many Northwest residents and elected leaders are now making: whether restoring free-flowing conditions in the lower Snake River, by removing its dams, can restore a new version of salmon abundance in […]

Middle Fork of the Salmon River

Idaho heart, Idaho Ark: The Middle Fork is our best chance to sustain salmon in an uncertain future

By: - January 27, 2022

On a map, the heart of Idaho is the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, and its nearly two million-acre watershed. This is a big, wild heart.     The world comes to Idaho to run the Middle Fork, and taste for a week the wildness the river gathers. Idahoans can taste it any time we want. […]

Congressman Mike Simpson

The content of Simpson’s salmon plan has been at forefront. But its character may matter even more.

By: - August 24, 2021

Editor’s note: This piece includes numbered footnotes (*1, *2, *3, etc.) to maintain the structural integrity of the guest columnist’s original work. You can find the corresponding information at the end of this column. The beat goes on to salmon extinction in Idaho and northeast Oregon.  New evidence is constant. A few Snake River sockeye […]