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Easements

Cove Riparian
The Cove Area Conservation Easements are located along the Bear River in Caribou County, Idaho, approximately 38 miles north of the Utah border. These easements protect the riparian corridor from overgrazing, increase riparian vegetation, and improve riverine habitat in the Bear River.

Cedar Creek
The 37-acre Robert Lehman Cedar Creek Preserve is located in the Blackfoot River Watershed along Cedar Creek, northwest of the community of Blackfoot. This project restored Cedar Creek (which had been diverted into a ditch) by creating a new stream channel. Native species, such as willows, were planted and invasive weeds were removed. To maintain the restorative quality of Cedar Creek, each year SSLT is joined by local boy scout troops to help with weed control and stream bank stabilization. The Preserve has changed dramatically since this project began. We are thrilled to see Cedar Creek return to its natural state.

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Mink Creek
The 600-acre Mink Creek property is located in the Bear River Watershed in the upper reaches of Mink Creek. The property consists of woodlands, sagebrush steppe, cultivated fields, and riparian and riverine habitat. These habitats support a range of wildlife, including waterfowl, neotropical migrant birds, raptors, some upland game birds, small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. Mink Creek supports one of the best populations of Bonneville Cutthroat Trout in the Bear River Drainage.

Two Creeks
The 100-acre Two Creeks property is located in the Bear River Watershed. The property consists of working ranch lands and open space.

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Henderson Preserve
The Henderson Preserve is located along the Bear River in Franklin County, Idaho, near intersection of HWYs 36 and 34. The conservation easement will permanently protect the property’s diverse open space values, including riparian woodlands along the Bear River, as well as prime agricultural and ranch land. The project continues the acquisition of conservation lands in the Bear River Drainage aimed at protecting and improving habitat for Bonneville Cutthroat Trout and countless other species. The conservation easement allows the landowners to continue traditional farming and ranching, but forever prohibits development and harmful land uses and activities on the property.

Flying Elk
The Flying Elk Conservation Easement is located along Rapid Creek in Bannock County, Idaho. The 282 acre conservation easement sits along Rapid Creek amid rolling agricultural fields, wooded hillsides, and aspen and maple groves that yield spectacular fall color displays — all providing critical habitat for foothill wildlife as well as scenic open space.

In late December 2009 Sagebrush Steppe Regional Land Trust accepted the donated conservation easement, which will protect the family property from development, and ensure conservation values are protected forever. Along with reducing subdivision and excessive development, the conservation easement also prohibits harmful activities such as grading, dumping, and mining, while allowing for the continued agricultural use, which has historically included farming and ranching.

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Harris
The Harris Conservation Easement is located along the Bear River in Caribou County, Idaho. The 113 acre conservation easement is across the river from SSLT’s Kackley Preserve. The conservation easement will permanently protect the property’s diverse open space values. These values include riparian areas along the Bear River, wetlands and springs, and prime agricultural and ranch land.

This conservation easement is an addition to other conservation lands SSLT has acquired in the Bear River Drainage. These projects are aimed at protecting and improving habitat for Bonneville Cutthroat Trout and other native species. In addition to habitat protection, the conservation easement allows the landowners to continue traditional farming and ranching.

Upper Christensen
The Upper Christensen Conservation Easement is located along the Mink Creek in Franklin County, Idaho. The conservation easement will permanently protect the property’s diverse open space values, including riparian woodlands along Mink Creek, as well as prime agricultural and ranch land. The project continues the acquisition of conservation lands in the Bear River Drainage aimed at protecting and improving habitat for Bonneville Cutthroat Trout and countless other species. The conservation easement allows the landowners to continue traditional farming and ranching, but forever prohibits development and harmful land uses and activities on the property.

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Lower Christensen
The Lower Christensen Conservation Easement is located along the Mink Creek in Franklin County, Idaho. The conservation easement will permanently protect the property’s diverse open space values, including riparian woodlands along Mink Creek, as well as prime agricultural and ranch land. The project continues the acquisition of conservation lands in the Bear River Drainage aimed at protecting and improving habitat for Bonneville Cutthroat Trout and countless other species. The conservation easement allows the landowners to continue traditional farming and ranching, but forever prohibits development and harmful land uses and activities on the property.

Riparian Christensen
The Riparian Christensen Conservation Easement is located along the Mink Creek in Franklin County, Idaho. The conservation easement will permanently protect the property’s diverse open space values, including riparian woodlands along Mink Creek, as well as prime agricultural and ranch land. The project continues the acquisition of conservation lands in the Bear River Drainage aimed at protecting and improving habitat for Bonneville Cutthroat Trout and countless other species. The conservation easement allows the landowners to continue traditional farming and ranching, but forever prohibits development and harmful land uses and activities on the property.

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Mink Creek Jensen Family
Slowly but surely a significant corridor of protected land is growing along Mink Creek in Franklin County, Idaho.  Jensen family patriarch explains why he sold a conservation easement on the 200-acre ranch to the Sagebrush Steppe Land Trust:  “I’d like our great grandkids, and their grandkids, to have as much as we had to enjoy and care about.”

The Jensen ranch adjoins Two Creeks Ranch, also protected forever under a conservation easement, and lies close to over 2,000 acres of privately protected land.  The Jensens agreed to fence off nearly three-quarters of a mile of Mink Creek for the cottonwoods and Bonneville Cutthroat Trout.  This property shelters mule deer in the winter and spawning trout in the spring.

With the conservation of the Jensen ranch, nearly two miles of Mink Creek is now protected from development. 

Clark’s Valley
This 230-acre property lies on the headwaters of the Little Blackfoot River in Caribou County.  Open water, stream and wetlands on the property create habitat for the Northern Leopard Frog, waterbirds and waterfowl and Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout.  Elk winter here and mule deer rear their young in the beautiful aspen stands on this property.  Long ago, shepherds left their mark on some of the old aspens. 

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Dugouts
Overlooking the Blackfoot River as it leaves the Blackfoot Reservoir, this 400-acre property in Caribou County surrounds a perched wetland surrounded by sagebrush steppe habitat.  The property’s 25-acre wetland offers an oasis to Greater Sage-Grouse, Sandhill Cranes and Snowy Egrets.

Sage Creek and Crow Creek
Sage Creek flows in Crow Creek, which flows into the Salt River in Wyoming.  The Sagebrush Steppe accepted conservation easements protecting 24 acres on Sage Creek and 11 acres on Crow Creek as part of a mitigation package from Simplot to replace habitat for Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout and elk lost due an expansion of the Smoky Hollow Mine in Caribou County. 

Both these properties were grazed heavily before Simplot purchased them to carry out the mitigation plan.  Fences now protect stretches of both streams from grazing.      

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