BLM conservation easement enhances out of doors recreation, helps shield wildlife habitat and water high quality

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IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) – The Bureau of Land Management has acquired a conservation easement that improves public access to outdoor recreation opportunities and helps protect important mule deer habitat and water quality in the South Fork of the Snake River Corridor protection.

The BLM acquired the 154-acre conservation easement on Alan Lynn Davis’ property from the Teton Regional Land Trust with money from the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

The Alan Lynn Davis property is located on the north side of the South Fork of the Snake River in Jefferson County near Ririe, Idaho. The property is located within the BLM’s Snake River Area of ​​Critical Environmental Concern and Special Recreation Management Area. Public lands managed by BLM border the property on the east and west sides. BLM’s acquisition of this conservation easement is consistent with the America the Beautiful initiative, which aims to conserve fish and wildlife habitat and expand access to public lands and water bodies through voluntary conservation.

“The South Fork of the Snake River Corridor is a special place and the acquisition of this conservation easement, which ensures Alan Lynn Davis’ property remains substantially as it is now, is a real asset to the public and fish and wildlife. said Jeremy Casterson, field manager for the BLM Upper Snake Field Office.

The Conservation Easement will preserve open space and scenic views and provide public access to one-third of a mile of shoreline on the South Fork of the Snake River for boating, fishing and other outdoor recreation. It will also help protect important wintering grounds for mule and white-tailed deer this summer in the Big Hole and Palisades Mountains. “Protecting Alan Lynn Davis’ property with a protection easement will help ensure mule deer in this area have a safe wintering home in the future,” said Matt Pieron, regional supervisor at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

The Conservation Easement will also help protect water quality as Hawley Warm Spring is located on the property and provides water for Hawley Creek which empties into the South Fork of the Snake River. This will help support fish habitat in the South Fork of the Snake River, which supports the largest native cutthroat trout fishery outside of Yellowstone National Park.

The Teton Regional Land Trust acquired the conservation easement from the landowner in 2019.

“We appreciate the generosity of the landowner in voluntarily setting permanent development restrictions on their land for conservation,” said Renee Hiebert, conservation specialist at the Teton Regional Land Trust. “The Teton Regional Land Trust will use the proceeds from the sale of this protection easement to the BLM for further protection along the rivers of east Idaho.”