Salmon River – Frank Church – River Of No Return Wilderness
FRANK FORRESTER CHURCH
1924 – 1984
UNITED STATES SENATOR
Senator Church’s Vision Was Incorporated into These Laws
1964 The Wilderness Act
1968 The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act
1972 Sawtooth National Recreation Area Established
1975 Hells Canyon National Recreation Area Established
1978 Endangered American Wilderness Act
1980 The Central Idaho Wilderness Act
In 1980 the Central Idaho Wilderness Act created the “River of No Return” Wilderness (Public Law 96-312)
The enactment of this law was largely due to Senator Church’s determined efforts to protect the region.
After his death in 1984, Congress honored the memory of Frank Church by renaming the River of No Return Wilderness:
“Frank Church – River of No Return Wilderness”
The region comprises the old Idaho Primitive Area, the Salmon Rivers Breaks Primitive Area, plus additional lands.
At over 3,600 square miles (2.3 Million Acres) it is the largest contiguous wilderness area in the nation outside of Alaska.
On renaming the Wilderness in 1984, officially adding Frank Church’s name to the “River of No Return” Wilderness (Public Law-98-231)
“…there could be no more appropriate memorial to a man to a man who had given so much energy to the protection of our natural heritage.”
– Senator Dale Bumpers