Grizzly bears originally ranged throughout most of western N. America, but were nearly extirpated by the 1970s and were federally listed as a threatened species in 1975. We support one of just 6 grizzly recovery zones here in the Selkirk Ecosystem.
Today, woodland caribou are found in only one location south of Canada, which are the Selkirk Mountains of northern Idaho and northeastern Washington. This small population, which historically numbered in the hundreds of caribou, has been reduced to less than 15 animals.
SCA is involved in several dam projects, including Sullivan Dam Surrender Project, Boundary Dam Re-Licensing Project, Albeni Falls Dam, and Box Canyon Dam. These waterways are important to native peoples, local communities, and wildlife such as Bull Trout and other fish.
For more than a decade, the SCA has been responsible for litter patrols along a one-mile section of Highway 57 between Priest River and Priest Lake. SCA volunteers meet bi-annually on the first Sunday in May and then again on the first Sunday October to clean our section.
SCA conducts periodic water sampling projects to examine water quality and has deployed remote cameras along the waterbody to try and gain a better sense of how many watercraft are using the channel and document wake zone violations.
SCA participates in the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality’s Watershed Advisory Group (WAG) for the Priest Lake and Priest River area and conducts routine water quality monitoring on Priest Lake in conjunction with Idaho Department of Environmental Quality.
With the help of our 7 remote motion sensing cameras SCA captures encroachments of critical habitats in non-motorized areas, documents the variety and abundance of wildlife in these areas, and documents recreational use and motorized traffic
The SCA and many of its member activists closely monitor timber sales within our Advocacy Area to make sure that impacts from timber harvest on wildlife, fisheries, and water quality are mitigated as much as possible
From 2008 – 2015 the SCA supported several aerial monitoring flights over critical habitat areas which are closed to motorized vehicles. Each flight documented motorized tracks and activity within the critical habitat closure areas.
The Southern Selkirk Mountain ecosystem encompasses portions of Idaho, Washington and British Columbia. It contains a flora and fauna assemblage unique to the lower 48 States. The SCA continues to be engaged with land management agencies in regards to proposed management activities within the Selkirk Ecosystem.