what we look for

Working in collaboration with other land trusts in the Inland Northwest, the Palouse Land Trust has defined a primary geographic area of focus which includes the counties of Latah, Benewah, Shoshone, Clearwater, Idaho, Lewis, and Nez Perce in Idaho and Whitman County in Washington.  

We felt that protecting our land with a conservation easement was a good way of ‘thinking globally and acting locally.’
— Zoe Cooley, landowner

Within this service area, the Land Trust focuses on conserving properties that meet our mission of protecting open space, plant and animal habitat, water quality, scenic viewsheds, and recreational use.

Specifically, the conservation values the Land Trust focuses on include:

  • Native Palouse Prairie remnants
  • Wetlands, rivers, and stream-side habitat
  • Aquifer recharge areas
  • Wildlife travel and migration routes
  • Prime agricultural land and forest land
  • Public access for recreation and education
  • Open spaces that protect iconic landmarks and scenic views
  • Areas next to existing protected lands

The Land Trust has no hard rules regarding minimum acreages of potential projects.  Each parcel is evaluated on its own conservation merits and goals.  

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For more information or to talk about your specific circumstances, please don't hesitate to email or call Executive Director, Lovina Englund.  All inquiries are confidential.  We value a landowner's right to decide what works best for his or her family, so there is never any pressure.