Local elected officials and the supervisor of the Sawtooth National Forest will host a signing ceremony Thursday, May 23, for a new dark-skies memorandum of understanding.

The U.S. Forest Service, Blaine County and the cities of Sun Valley, Ketchum and Stanley recently approved the MOU. The agreement aims to curtail light pollution in the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve and support activities, programs and education related to the reserve’s resource—the pristine night sky above.

The event will begin at 12:30 p.m. at Ketchum City Hall. It will feature Blaine County Commissioner Jacob Greenberg, forest Supervisor Jim DeMaagd, Stanley Mayor Steve Botti, Ketchum Mayor Neil Bradshaw and Sun Valley Mayor Peter Hendricks.

The Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve, which the nation’s first gold-tier international dark sky reserve, encompasses 906,000 acres, most of which is public lands in the Sawtooth National Forest. The reserve includes portions of Blaine, Boise, Custer and Elmore counties.

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