It used to be that Idaho's natural spaces could take care of themselves. Back in the day, mountains would erode, fires would burn, and animals would live their lives without the major threats of pollution, degradation or urbanization.
Then humans came along and started polluting, degrading and urbanizing.
We've gotten a lot better at being stewards of the environment, but it's clear that humans have a long way to go before we've struck a sustainable balance between using the tools and resources nature has to offer and preserving Idaho's beauty and integrity.
If you'd like to learn from the experts about how that balance can be struck, then the Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation's Fall Gathering at the Linen Building is for you.
The free and open-to-the-public gathering begins at 6:30 p.m., and will include a keynote speech by author and historian Cort Conley, a silent auction and a raffle.