Visitors to any of the three areas that make up the Deer Park Wildlife Mitigation Units in Idaho will find many species of waterfowl, including more than 3,000 trumpeter swans that have been seen wintering there. BPA provided funding to Idaho Fish and Game, which manages the properties to protect and enhance wildlife and their habitats. Photo courtesy of Idaho Fish and Game.
One of the things that makes the Great Northwest so great is its abundance of trails and recreation opportunities. But what does hiking have to do with the Northwest’s largest clean energy provider? What you may not know is that the Bonneville Power Administration’s environmental efforts don’t just benefit fish and wildlife; some of them have adventure benefits for humans too.
Land conservation efforts by tribal, state, local and private organizations are among the hundreds of projects BPA funds each year to lessen the impacts of building and operating the federal hydropower system on fish and wildlife. BPA relies on these partnerships to help protect and enhance land for fish and wildlife in the Columbia River Basin. Creating public access is an additional benefit of this important work.