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The Sawtooth Valley, above, is in the heart of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, which comprises 756,000 acres of public and private land north of Ketchum. Congress created the SNRA in 1972 to protect the region from widespread or inappropriate development, while allowing for varied permitted uses of the land.

The city of Sun Valley passed a resolution last week honoring the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, a U.S. Forest Service-designated zone that includes natural areas in and around Blaine County.

The City Council approved the resolution with a 4-0 vote on Thursday, April 7.

“After I read that a resolution with similar intent was not adopted in the Idaho Legislature, I decided that it was important for this municipality, which is very close to the SNRA, to do so because we all benefit from it,” Councilwoman Jane Conard said.

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