Forest Service names beach after SNRA advocate Hansen

The U.S. Forest Service renamed Point Beach on Redfish Lake after former Idaho Republican U.S. Rep. Orval Hansen.

Hansen worked with Idaho Sens Frank Church, a Democrat and Len Jordan, a Republican, and Republican Rep. James McClure on the legislation that created the Sawtooth National Recreation Area 40 years ago this year.

Hansen and his wife June were surprised with the honor at the summer meeting of the Sawtooth Society, which had pushed for the honor. The beach was selected because it is a favorite spot of Hansen and his family, said Sawtooth Society Executive Director Gary O’Malley.

Hansen and his family joined officials from the U.S. Forest Service and the Sawtooth Society for the unveiling of the sign: Orval Hansen Point Beach last weekend. Hansen said it took a lot of luck and hard work to get the SRA legislation passed, but he considers it one of his greatest accomplishments as a member of Congress.

Hansen, 85, represented Idaho’s 2nd District from 1969 to 1975. He currently lives in Arlington, Va. but he has a summer residence in Stanley.