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We work with landowners wanting to conserve their land in Shoshone, Benewah, Latah, Clearwater, Nez Perce, Lewis, and Idaho counties in Idaho, as well as Whitman County in Washington. Projects vary in size and type, although they typically fall into one of four categories: working lands, fish and wildlife habitat, public recreation, or rare habitat. Sometimes, more than one category fits.
We work with local families who want to make sure their farms, ranches, and forests remain as working lands. Local working lands provide local food and often other benefits too, like wildlife habitat and scenic open space.
See the examples below for a few of our working lands easements:
Threatened cropland →
Dryland farming →
Working forest →
Urban agriculture →
Fish & Wildlife Habitat
Many of the families we've worked with have spent years enjoying the local wildlife and have invested a lot in improving wildlife habitat on their land. These families want to make sure the habitat is around for generations yet to come and have ensured that by preserving their land with a conservation easement. Our projects protect habitat for wildlife both big and small - from small mammals, songbirds and game birds; to deer, elk, moose and bighorn sheep. We've also worked with families to protect river frontage on the St. Maries, St. Joe, and Palouse rivers; and we protect important habitat for steelhead and cutthroat trout.
See the examples below to read about the fish and wildlife habitat preserved by some of our projects:
Songbirds & small mammals →
Steelhead trout →
Deer, elk & game birds →
Trout & other wildlife →
Bighorn sheep →
River corridor →
The Land Trust has two projects that protect some incredibly special places for people to connect to nature. Idler's Rest Nature Preserve is a 33-acre preserve that is close to the city of Moscow, and yet blissfully far away once you head down the trail.
In 1995, Katrina Berman donated a conservation easement on a portion of her land that made the creation of the Berman Creekside Park possible for the City of Moscow. Today, the park is an important asset for the community. Paradise Creek Path, a popular jogging and biking path, runs through the park, and local schools use the park for nature study and outdoor recess.
See the pages below for more information on both of these special places:
Idler's Rest Nature Preserve →
Berman Creekside Park →
Sunnyside Park Addition →
The Land Trust also works to protect rare and endangered habitats. Less than 1% of the native Palouse Prairie exists today. The Land Trust worked with the Hill family to protect one of the largest Palouse Prairie remnants in Latah County, and continues to prioritize this globally imperiled ecosystem. Some of the landowners who have donated conservation easements have also begun to restore native prairie on portions of their protected lands.
The Land Trust also had the opportunity to protect an incredibly rare plant called Water Howelia along the floodplain of the Palouse River.
Read on to learn more about these projects:
Palouse prairie →
Urban prairie restoration →
Water howelia →