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temming rom their rst visit to theWood River Valley in 1970, John and hiswie Elaine kept returning to the valley they’dgrown to love. They built a home here in 1989and relocated rom Caliornia or good a ewyears ago. John is committed to doing what he canto protect the Wood River Valley and sae-guard or his children and grandchildren thevalley experiences he has enjoyed over theyears. He donated a conservation easement on their ranch in Picabo andcontinues his eorts to protect Silver Creek as it fows through the ranch.With a love or fy shing and bird hunting, John knows the importanceo protected open space and wildlie habitat noting, “I’ve seen rst handthe value o land stewardship.” John graduated rom Harvard College with a degree in architectureater which he spent six years in the Marine Corps, fying ghter planesin Vietnam. He then graduated rom Harvard Business School and, atera 30-year career in real estate investment, sold his company and retiredin 2001.Over the years John has given back to his community in a variety o ways and to a variety o organizations, including the Land Trust. For morethan 10 years John has been on the Board o the Yosemite Institute, anorganization that brings thousands o children to Yosemite each year tolearn environmental science. He also continues to serve on the Board o the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund and multiple Harvard committees.As a member o the Board o Directors since October, 2008, his ex-perience, knowledge, and dedication to land conservation will help theLand Trust continue to grow and succeed.
s our new Conservation Project andOutreach Assistant, Sam startedworking with Wood River Land Trust inSeptember, 2009, and will be with us until July, 2010. He will conduct outreach andeducational workshops to increase localawareness o Land Trust work to protect theBig Wood River and coordinate the TroutFriendly Lawn program. Besides providingeducational opportunities on water conser-vation and protection, Sam will assist sta with riparian restoration projects.Sam grew up exploring the salt marsh-es and woodlands o Ipswich, MA. Hereceived a bachelor’s degree rom HuxleyCollege o the Environment at WesternWashington University with a concentra-tion in Sustainable Development and aminor in Sustainable Design. The last twoyears he was a ski patroller at Mt. Bakerin Washington and a river guide on theSalmon River. His travels and volunteerwork have taken him to New Zealand,China, Guatemala, Greece, and Sao Tomeand Principe.With his interest in Idaho land useplanning and water issues, he is consideringcontinuing his education at the Universityo Idaho. We are pleased that Sam is settledin to our employee housing, the newly reno-vated Anderson House next door.
Meet Our Sta
Sam Phillips, Conservation Project& Outreach Assistant
he Wood River Land Trust was established in1994. In celebrating our 15th anniversary thisyear, we have relected on how the Land Trust haschanged as it has grown. We have become a morecollaborative organization working with other con-servation groups and government entities includingthe state, the Forest Service, and the Bureau o Land Management in projects that are too large orany one conservation group to tackle alone. ThePioneers Alliance, described in the cover page arti-cle o this newsletter, is an example o how the LandTrust is working eectively with other organizationson a major land conservation project.Success in the Pioneers Alliance will takemany years but irst steps have been taken—asshown by the pronghorn study and in the LandTrust’s Porcupine Creek conservation easement thatprotects public access into the Pioneer Mountainsrom the south. But working with landowners in thePioneers Alliance area to help them protect theirranches and arms and preserve their way o lie willtake a big cooperative eort by all o the organiza-tions in the Alliance and the related governmentalagencies. It will take a good deal o money as well.As 2009 draws rapidly to an end, I ask that i you have not made a git to the Land Trust this year,please do so now. We want to bring a successulconclusion to our $300,000 Challenge Grant thatbrings in 50 cents or every $1.00 in unrestrictedcontributions made beore the clock strikes twelveon New Year’s Eve.Thank you or your support.
Best wishes for thecoming Holidays!
Ed Cutter, President
Letter rom Ed Cutter,Board President
hether it’s hauling coolers at theHoward Community Picnic, art-ully fipping burgers at the 4th o JulyBBQ at Anderson House, or helping hisellow Trout Unlimited board membersclean up Boxcar Bend, volunteer DickHay is always there to lend a helpinghand. On behal o the sta and Board o Directors, thank you, Dick, or your hardwork and kind presence.
Dick Hay at Boxcar Bend work day
ood River Land Trust is building a volunteer commit-tee. Please join us on Friday, January 15th, or a lightlunch to learn about volunteer opportunities, help us develop aprogram, and give a unique name to our group. We will meet atthe recently renovated Anderson House, our employee housingnext door to the oce. Please RSVP to Diane Kahm, 788-3947or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Budweiser and the National Fish and Wildlie will donate $50,000 to the2010 Conservationist o the Year to be selected rom a list o our inalists. We are proud to announce that Land Trust Board member John French,proiled above, is one o these inalists.The winner and their conservation organization will use the money tound conservation projects o their choosing. The three runners up will eachreceive a $5000 grant to continue their conservation work as well. John’s interest in conservation ranges rom reshwater ecology toclimate change, and when John puts his eorts behind something,it usually happens! You can vote or John or 2010 Conservationisto the Year at
Vote or the 2010 Conservationist o the Year
his year, anonymous donors and our Boardo Directors together have pledged $150,000 towards our protection o local land, water, and wildlie habitat. To earn this amount, however, wemust raise $300,000 in unrestricted donations by December 31st. This means that every dollar youdonate beore the end o the year will be matchedby an additional $0.50. Your unrestricted dona- tions help pay or the basic necessities - the dedi-cated proessional sta, oice space, and generaloice needs - that make our work possible. The Year-End Challenge makes every dollar o your support go even urther in the protection o the Valley’s land, water, and wildlie habitat. Pleasehelp us reach our goal today!
9th Annual Year-EndChallenge Goal:$300,000
We are over 1/3of the way tomeet our Challenge
Year-End Challengemakes every dollarof your supportgo even further!
CHALLENGE GRANT 2009
It’s not too late to help us reach our goal!
Wood River Land Trust is a tax-exempt non-profit organization; donations are tax-deductible.