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Preserving Idaho's Treasures:
Backcountry Airstrips & Small Community Airports

The Idaho Aviation Foundation benefits general aviation in Idaho by supporting initiatives and projects designed to maintain, upgrade and develop airstrips, improve access, and promote safety at backcountry and recreational airports.

2014 Wilderness Within Reach

2014 Wilderness Within Reach - August 26, 2014

On June 25th and 26th the IAF helped six people with physical disabilities enjoy the wilderness at Sulphur Creek Ranch. The participants enjoyed fantastic food and accommodations supplied by Kieri, Valdean, and their staff. Horseback riding and fishing were much enjoyed as well as the camaraderie of a group together in the wilderness. The IAF Wilderness Within Reach Program is a joint venture with the Boise City Parks and Recreation department AdVenture program, which provides year round activities for adults and youth with disabilities. Over the past twenty-five years Wilderness Within Reach has helped over 400 individuals with disabilities, who may never have been able to do so on their own, experience and appreciate the Idaho wilderness. For more information about Wilderness Within Reach contact Joe Corlett at 208-890-1819 or For more information on Sulphur Creek Ranch in the mountains of Idaho contact Kieri at 1-254-378-7473.

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Mark your calendars, IAF has announced the 2014 Big Creek Breakfast Events! - April 11, 2014

2014 BREAKFAST EVENTS HAVE A FEW TWISTS...See the details on the Rebuild Big Creek Event Calendar Here are the 2014 breakfast dates: June 21 (8-10am) June 28 (8-10am) July 19 (8-10am) August 23 (8-10am) September 6 (9-11am)

30 Year Special Use Permit Awarded to IAF by USFS for Rebuilding the Lodge at Big Creek

30 Year Special Use Permit Awarded to IAF by USFS for Rebuilding the Lodge at Big Creek - June 15, 2013

The Idaho Aviation Foundation cannot emphasize enough how supportive the USFS has been of the Lodge project. In fact, they have awarded the IAF a THIRTY YEAR Special Use Permit for ongoing operations at Big Creek. This is HUGE! We previously announced a 20 year permitóbut they went to bat internally for this project and added another 10 years to the permit. At the Big Creek Breakfast event on the 15th, a ceremonial signing of the Special Use Permit by the Forest Service (Anthony Botello (seated) and Clem Pope from the Payette National Forest/Krassel District) and Idaho Aviation Foundation representatives (President Jim Davies (seated) and Vice President Colleen Back). After the signing, the US Flag was raised on the Lodge Site for the first time since 2008. See more about the project on our Current Projects Page.

Big Creek Goes up in Flames

Big Creek Goes up in Flames - October 23, 2008

Photo courtesy Walt Smith