We are pleased to release Friends of Harriman's first newsletter, "The Rail" to let you know what our busy little organization has been up to. Thanks for being there with us!
Saturday, January 23, 2016
|Golden Lake Dam Breech - Harriman State Park of Idaho|
As many may have already heard, the Golden Lake Dam collapsed at Harriman State Park Wednesday, January 13. The dam itself was part of the Golden Lake Loop trail and an integral part of the cross country ski trail system. It is a popular stretch of the skate trails that exist at Harriman providing a few rolling hills and fun curves while passing by the warming hut on Thurmon Overlook. Because the dam will be closed until spring when repairs can be made, the loop has been severed at the north end. Although this does not eliminate recreational skiing, it has a huge impact on the Feathers ’n’ Fins Skiathon, which uses this course loop as part of the 10 and 20 kilometer distances. After examination of the alternate options available it was determined that the best strategy would be to postpone the event until we are able to provide an adequate course to the event participants. It is unfortunate timing for the winter fundraising event for Friends of Harriman State Park who serve as a fundraising partner for Harriman, and to the community who enjoy this winter “fun run.” This is not a conclusion that came lightly. The challenges presented this season would be difficult to overcome to achieve the desired result. We look forward to hosting Feather ’n’ Fins again in February 2017 when the dam is fixed and the course is whole again. For more information regarding the dam breech contact Harriman State Park. If you would still like to donate to Friends of Harriman State Park or learn of current and past projects check out our Facebook page or visit our website at www.friendsofharriman.org. For inquiries contact FHSP at firstname.lastname@example.org. Jodi Stiehl, President, FHSP
Posted by FHSP at 1:21 PM
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Friends of Harriman State Park is excited to introduce the John Muir ADA (American Disabilities Act) compliant Interpretive Trail & Fishing platform at Harriman State Park of Idaho. Inspired by Muir’s 1913 “Island Park” Journal, the interpretive trail tells a story of the natural wonders of the area. In addition, this 3/4 mile loop trail provides an opportunity for those with special needs to better access this special place we all love. It provides a handicap fishing platform increasing opportunities for those with less mobility to fly fish the world famous Henrys’ Fork River, an experience the Harriman’s & their guests treasured before us.
To harmonize with Harriman State Park’s intrinsic beauty, the trail was surfaced with Road Oyl, a pine resin formulation that binds packed gravel maintaining a rustic look while providing a firm surface. It is made from all natural ingredients and can be used in close proximately to wetlands and other environmentally sensitive areas.
Please join us on Saturday June 27th at 11:00am for our grand opening and dedication ceremony. Outdoor assistive recreation technologies for those with less mobility will be on hand to help inspire those that desire better access to the great outdoors.
To read about our journey follow these links to past blogs:
This Project Made Possible By Generous Donations From
Idaho Parks and Recreation (IDPR)
Harriman State Park of Idaho
Joe Tulpinsky Memorial Fund
Recreational Trails Program
Island Park Services
Midwest Industrial Supply
Friends of Harriman State Park
Posted by FHSP at 1:16 PM
Sunday, March 1, 2015
|Photo Credit:Bob Neill|
Saturday, February 28th, Friends of Harriman and Harriman State Park hosted the Feathers ’n’ Fins Skiathon, an annual winter event for Harriman that supports the community, the park and its friends group. The intent of the skiathon is not to race, but an opportunity for people to set their own personal goals for fitness while supporting their local park and friends group. Last Saturday demonstrated that the community is there to support the cherished Harriman State Park of Idaho.
Greeted by a blue bird day of 28F with strong North Easterly winds registering at a -7F windchill, 39 people lined up at the start line head on with the blustery cold wind. People came from near and far to participate in the skiathon and support Friends of Harriman; Bozeman, Jackson Hole, Salt Lake City, Pocatello, Idaho Falls, Rexburg, St.Anthony, Ashton and of course Island Park. With divisions of classic or skate skiing, and distances of 7K, 10K and 20 K, there are categories catering to a diversity of fitness levels. In addition, there is a 7K
Chariot division for those pulling children in their chariots. This division experienced two firsts, not only was Moria Dow from West Yellowstone Montana the first female recipient of a medal in this division she was also the first skate skier to participate in the chariot division. Way to GO Moira! Good on you! Moria walked away with a silver in the women's 7K skate and the women's chariot medal. Nate Sutton from Island Park took home the mens chariot medal in the mens 7K classic. He, his wife Greer, and 3 year old son Sullivan are new to cross country skiing and decided on a whim to come out and enjoy the day and support the event. This is what the skiathon is all about. First person to cross the finish line was Colter Ross, a junior from West Yellowstone who borrowed skate skis and flew through the finish with a time of 29 minutes and 40 seconds taking gold in the mens 10km skate. That boy is going places. Hot on his heels was Anne Jehle, also a junior from West Yellowstone and a veteran of the skiathon. She skied the women’s10km skate, and finished with a time of 31 minutes and 32 seconds, also taking gold - looks like someone else might be going places. No wonder Colter was flying so fast. Very impressive Anne, way to give Colter a push. A link to final times and placements are below. Thank you Idaho Falls Nordic Ski Patrol for not only sponsoring the handsome medals to such deserving participants, but also for providing support along the trail during the event. Thank you Harriman staff. Trail conditions were fantastic and courses well marked, not easy after a month of no snow and varying temperatures.
|Photo Credit: Bob Neill|
The entire community donated to the Feathers ’n’ Fins Skiathon and raffle through participation and donations; the kindness and support are greatly appreciated. Because of that support, Friends of Harriman had the most profitable fundraiser to date. Between registration fees and raffle tickets FHSP raised close to $3800! Thank you! Thank you!
|Photo Credit: Phillip Chavez|
A huge thank you to our sponsors, this would not be possible without you: Salomon, Patagonia, Mimi Matsuda, TroutHunter, Harriman, Henrys Fork Lodge, Sally & Bob Neill, Linda Summers, Bank of Idaho, Jim Kemp, Nancy & Bill Goodman, Lorene & Larry Parker, Island Park News, Jodi & Jon Stiehl,Buffalo Run Campground, Boondocks, Elk Creek, Connie’s Restaurant, Island Park Journal, Great Harvest Bread, Starbucks, Camas Creek Soaps, Mary Martin, Morning Glory Coffee, Anglers Lodge, Ponds Lodge, Cafe Sabor, Dave’s Jubilee, The Gusher, Bullwinkles, The Book Peddler, Buffalo Bar, Mountain Mayhem, Robins Roost,The Grind Espresso Bar, Mack’s Inn Resort, Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, Henrys Fork Foundation, Shell Station, Power Candy Company, Bren Dismuke, Subaru.
To see photos of the event check out FHSP's Facebook page. To keep in touch with Friends of Harriman and the projects we help support, visit our website at www.friendsofharriman.org.
Posted by FHSP at 8:49 AM