A federal judge blocked a mining proposal to tear up Idaho’s Frank Church River in search of gold.
As reported by the Idaho Statesman, U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill blocked the mining proposal that would have allowed the use of bulldozers, dump trucks, and drilling rigs to mine for gold in the Frank Church River of Idaho’s No Return Wilderness. For months, conservation groups have been fighting to receive this verdict stating that the plan would not only violate the Wilderness Act, but also the National Forest Management Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.
In 2015, Payette National Forest Supervisor Keith Lannom approved the mining proposal after two samples were administered to see if the river indeed was mineable. Both mining claims were approved in the Frank Church Wilderness area.
If the proposal was allowed, about 571 truck trips would have paraded back and forth through the untouched wilderness for three years.
This is a huge victory for conservation groups and outdoorsmen and women alike as the Frank Church River is an excellent fly fishing location.