Hailey Public Library to host ‘Restoring the Wood River to Health’ via Zoom on Thursday August 12 at 5:30 pm
In the fourth talk in the library’s “Our Water” series, Wood River Land Trust restoration specialist Ryan Santo will examine the factors that reduce the quality of fish and wildlife habitat and efforts to restore fish and wildlife habitat. current restoration.
Santo is the Catering Specialist for the Land Trust. Originally from New Jersey, he received a bachelor’s degree in fisheries and aquaculture from the State University of New York-Cobleskill. He has spent the past 14 years monitoring endangered salmon and rainbow trout populations in the Snake River and Upper Columbia Basins.
Santo has worked in the Northwest with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and most recently with the Nez Perce tribe. .
“The healthier the Big Wood River, the better able it is to slow down and hold water during times of drought. This increases water quality and helps maintain a vibrant riparian ecosystem for people and wildlife, ”said Kristin Fletcher, Library Programs and Community Engagement Coordinator,“ The river is one of crown jewels of our community and the Land Trust is working hard to apply science to their river restoration work.