Our Mission

Protect and enhance natural lands, wildlife habitat, and working farms and ranches in southeastern Idaho, now and for future generations.

Our Beginnings

Southeast Idahoans came together in 2004 to create an organization that would work with private landowners who wanted to conserve their farms and ranches. With the support of members and landowners, we have conserved 29 critical properties, which includes over 5 miles of Bonneville Cutthroat Trout habitat and thousands of acres of range land for mule deer and elk.

In 2013, we joined the ranks of accredited land trusts by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, a testament to the high quality and endurance of our work.

How We Work

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Photo by Daryl Hunter

Sagebrush Steppe Land Trust (SSLT) works with multiple partners throughout Southeastern Idaho. These partners include landowners, federal and state agencies, local governments, and the public-at-large. Our goal is to create win-win situations for both private and public interests regarding land and habitat protection. We accomplish this goal by negotiating easements, land exchanges, and land acquisitions within our service area.

Conservation Easements

  • Voluntary conservation
  • Permanent development restrictions
  • Monitored annually by SSLT
  • Easement Terms enforced by the land trust

Working Lands Easements

  • Voluntary conservation
  • Permanent development restrictions
  • Monitored annually by SSLT
  • Easement Terms enforced by the land trust
  • Landowner retains the right to continue traditional farm or ranch operation as 
    defined by the terms of the easement.

CONSERVATION EASEMENT FAQ’s:  What Landowners Need to Know