Pioneers Alliance  » People

Common interests brought us together. These interests are protecting working farms and ranches, protecting wildlife corridors, well managed public lands, and increased rancher involvement in common sense land management.  And together we use our diverse skill sets and backgrounds to work collaboratively towards these interests, creating regional sustainability.

Over the last several decades the area was among the fastest growing in the state, successfully capitalizing on the value of natural amenities to draw people and business to the area. The benefits of this expansion largely benefited the Wood River Valley, but were also evident in Carey.

The region was hard hit in the latest recession. The resort, real estate, construction, and related finance sectors saw significant declines and commodity prices dipped creating challenges for agricultural producers as well.  Unemployment in Blaine County rose from a low of 2.3% in 2007 to 8.9% in 2010.

Southern Pioneers Bike Tour

Southern Pioneers Bike Tour

The economy of the Pioneer Mountain-Craters of the Moon region is a mix of traditional farming and ranching enterprises alongside a resort economy that supports a range of recreation and broader services activities. The Pioneers Alliance is partnering with a host of local leaders to implement innovative ways to build greater resiliency and expanded opportunity into the economic future of this special place.

Our socio-economic work includes:

  • Carey Economic Revitalization Group—a new group catalyzed by PA partners
  • Downtown Carey revitalization, including facilitating the development of a new community pavilion and main street clean up and beautification.
  • Bringing funds to the rural area through Natural Resource Conservation Services, the local Land, Water, and Wildlife Levy, and other programs.
  • Drawing people to Carey through regional assets such as a new moto-cross track and Craters of the Moon National Monument.
  • Creating new and promoting existing events, such as the Fly-in, the Blaine County Fair, Southern Pioneers Bike Tour.
  • Enhancing public lands access.
  • Produced a recreation map that highlights the Pioneers region and Carey specifically


About Us

The Pioneers Alliance is a cooperative effort by ranchers, local residents, conservationists and public land managers to conserve and enhance the natural and cultural values of the Pioneer Mountains and Craters of the Moon landscape of south-central Idaho.