Who We Are
Idaho Natural Resources Foundation
The Idaho Natural Resource Foundation was established by people who live and work in Idaho's wildest places. Idaho has been blessed with some of the most incredible landscapes in the world and for many Idahoans these places are part of who we are as humans. As we spent more time in Idaho's backcountry people began to notice issues with the resources we know and love. Loss of access, water quaility problems, fire managment, trail maintance, and general ecosystem health were all beginning to take a toll on our natural resource experience. 

The INRF partners with diverse groups to people in an attempt to achieve a common goal of managing Idaho's wild lands and rivers so future Idahoans can experience the beauty and serenity of our amazing state. 
 

Meet the people who make our work possbile...

Ari Kotler
INRF President

Ari is the owner of S.O.A.R. Northwest River Co. on the Selway River. He has owned the business since 2010 and has been guiding since 1992. “Rivers are my passion, and I take great pride in sharing and protecting the wilderness resources.”
In 2005 Ari established a Non profit organization in Teton Valley Idaho and has successfully developed an ice skating rink for the local community. “I bring to the table a 10 yr history working in the Non Profit sector and a commitment to preserving the natural resources of Idaho.”
Ken Helfrich
INRF Vice President

Ken is a third generation Idaho outfitter. He started at ten years old helping his father in the family rafting business. In 1969 Ken became a swamper and as soon as he was old enough, he became licensed as a guide. As he grew up, Ken says, “I fell in love with the lifestyle …and bought the business in 2000. …I do what I do not for the money, but because I am living a dream and protecting the resource is very important to me.” Ken has a business that offers trips on the Middle Fork, the Main Salmon, and the Rogue and McKenzie in Oregon.​ 

Darl Allred
INRF Treasurer

Darl has been in the outfitting business for well over 30 years and for the past twenty-three years has owned and operated Sawtooth Wilderness Outfitters in Idaho. Darl states, “[I] feel that it is my responsibility to help preserve Idaho’s natural resource for further generations to enjoy.” He spends over 200 days a year in Idaho’s backcountry
Janey Bruesch
INRF Office Manager

Janey works hard as the Office Manager for both Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association (IOGA) and Idaho Natural Resource Foundation (INRF). Janey has been with the IOGA for over 18 years. Her duties with INRF include daily correspondence, bookkeeping, and whatever needs to be done (and that is an understatement!) She grew up hunting and fishing in Idaho and has passed her love of the outdoors on to her children and grandchildren. Janey says, “I truly believe that it is up to each generation to protect Idaho’s natural resources for the generations to come.” Janey has been involved with INRF since its conception.
Ron Ens
INRF Board Member

Ron started guiding 20 years ago in the Selway and the Clearwater. The last 17 years have been spent in the Frank Church on the Middle Fork of the Salmon. Ron and his wife Karla own and operate Middle Fork Outfitters. They home schooled their children on the Middle Fork in hunting camp and spent summers clearing trail and irrigating backcountry ranches. The Middle Fork and the Salmon River mountains are a special place for them, as they are some of the few lucky ones to call the Frank Church home. Ron and Karla work hard to ensure the wilderness remains a place where all should be able visit and experience the beauty, peace, and solitude she offers.
Steve Burson
INRF Board Member

Steve grew up in Indiana and attended Purdue University majoring in engineering. Upon graduation he left for the Rocky Mountain area and never left the West. In 2000 he and his wife purchased a ranch near Darby, Montana in the Bitterroot Valley and moved there full time to be back in the Rocky Mountains. In 2007 they purchased a land-based hunting and recreational outfitting business in Idaho. They have expanded the business into several new directions and have acquired 3 adjacent outfitting areas since they have started. Our operating area covers more than 800 sq mi. in Idaho’s Frank Church and Selway Wilderness the largest wilderness in the continental US. They operate year round and run between 40 and 50 head of horses and mules.
Steve Adams
INRF Board Member

Steve grew up in Indiana and attended Purdue University majoring in engineering. Upon graduation he left for the Rocky Mountain area and never left the West. In 2000 he and his wife purchased a ranch near Darby, Montana in the Bitterroot Valley and moved there full time to be back in the Rocky Mountains. In 2007 they purchased a land-based hunting and recreational outfitting business in Idaho. They have expanded the business into several new directions and have acquired 3 adjacent outfitting areas since they have started. Our operating area covers more than 800 sq mi. in Idaho’s Frank Church and Selway Wilderness the largest wilderness in the continental US. They operate year round and run between 40 and 50 head of horses and mules
Jon Kittell
INRF Board Member

Jon Kittell grew up playing on the high mountain peaks and in the steep river canyons of Colorado. He attended Colorado State University and received degrees in Natural Resources Management with a concentration in Conservation Biology and Geospatial Information Systems (GIS). These degrees focus on the health of the ecosystem as a whole and strive to include all stakeholders when making land management decisions. After graduating, Jon moved to Nepal to work as a rafting and trekking guide. Upon his return to the States, he moved to Riggins and fell in love with Idaho's Salmon River canyon country. Working as a multiday rafting and fishing guide 9 months out of year, Jon opens peoples eyes to their public land. He believes "people will only protect what they love, they only love what they know, and they only know what they experience."  Jon's goal everyday is to connect people to the beauty of their public lands and instill a deep appreciation and love for the wilderness.  When not guiding, Jon can be found exploring rivers and mountains all over the world. He also helps his wife with Yoga Inbody, a wilderness based yoga retreat center. Jon loves the opportunities that the INRF gives people to reconnect to their land and make a positive difference in their own backyard.
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The INRF is also eager to collaborate with other organizations on conservation-related issues. Please contact us if you feel our organizations can benefit from each other on such matters.