The South Fork Salmon River is a major tributary to the beloved Salmon River—a Wild and Scenic River and the second longest free-flowing river in the lower 48 states. The South Fork provides habitat for fish protected under the Endangered Species Act and boasts some of Idaho’s best expert-level whitewater. A Canadian mining company’s proposal for a massive open-pit gold, silver and antimony mine in the river’s headwaters threatens to pollute this aquatic treasure, adversely impacting downstream communities and tribal nations that rely on it for jobs, economic livelihoods and cultural heritage. The U.S. Forest Service must protect the South Fork Salmon, the Wild and Scenic Salmon River into which it flows, and endangered fish by denying this mining proposal.
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