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Release Date: 01/12/10
Contacts: Jessica Gardetto (208) 524-7550    

Orofino, Idaho Resident Donates Land near Salmon to BLM

SALMON, ID – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has acquired 33 acres of land near Salmon, Idaho thanks to a private land donation by Orofino, Idaho resident and attorney Dale Cox.   The donated parcel, accessible by foot or boat, is located two miles north of Salmon along the Salmon River. 
According to BLM Salmon Field Officer Manager Steve Hartmann, “In addition to providing the public legal access, this generous donation gives land managers new opportunities for protecting and enhancing riparian and wildlife values in the area.
Cox is an avid outdoorsman with a passion for adventure. He also exhibits a strong patriotic spirit and love of country and says he never tires of listening to our National Anthem.

“I was raised on a farm in Ohio during the Great Depression and World War II,” Cox said. “Growing up with modest means, as did many of the other farm kids, we made our own entertainment and became adventuresome at heart. I have traveled down the Middle Fork of the Salmon numerous times, including hiking the canyon wall to some hard-to-reach lakes and out-of-the-way places not visited by many.”

As an outdoor enthusiast, Cox has kayaked and backpacked Idaho’s many wilderness areas, and he enjoys racket ball, 4-wheel trail riding and skiing. He has also brought his family up to enjoy and explore the outdoors.  
He and his family enjoy accessing the donated property by boat. The parcel stretches for one-half mile along the Salmon River, receiving light day-use from boaters stopping to picnic and camp. The parcel can also be accessed from BLM’s Discovery Hill road to the south and along the bluffs above the river. Once the road comes to Slump Gulch, access is by foot.
Cox thanked Clearwater Realty for helping facilitate the donation. By donating the property to BLM, it becomes the property of the United States of America and ensures that future generations will also be able to experience the same type of outdoor adventure. “With having so much here that others can’t experience, it gives me great pleasure to make this donation,” Cox said.
Hartmann said the area will be managed to prevent unnecessary and undue degradation to the area, physical access to the donated parcel will not change, and the general public will be allowed to legally use the area for day use or overnight camping. The BLM plans to sign the parcel, advising the public to “pack it in pack it out.”

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.

Last updated: 10-31-2013