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SSRLT Fall 2011 Nwslttr

SSRLT Fall 2011 Nwslttr

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Our mission is to protect and enhance natural and working lands, now and for future generation, in Southeastern Idaho.
Our mission is to protect and enhance natural and working lands, now and for future generation, in Southeastern Idaho.

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Joselin presening Leadership Award o ormer Board Presiden, Tom Lucia 
Every all, the chill in the air encourages me to prepare or thelong Idaho winter, and to relect on the past year. The LandTrust has grown a lot this year. We added three new Boardmembers, completed an organizational analysis in preparationor Accreditation, updated our strategic plan, and added a sec-ond sta member to meet our growing responsibilities. We alsohave projects in the works to report on in coming months!Relecting on the last three and a hal years as Land Trust’sExecutive Director, I am excited about the lands we’ve pro- tected and encouraged by the progress we’ve made transition-ing rom an all volunteer start-up to a proessionally staedorganization. This newsletter is our opportunity to report onall the great work the Land Trust has been doing, the state o our inances, and most importantly, to thank our donors or theinancial and in-kind gits that make our work possible.None o our conservation success stories would have beenpossible without the generous support o community members.Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Priscilla Hearst.Priscilla, a Land Trust member, was one o our irst donors, and the irst to include us in her estate plan. Eight years ago, when the ounding Board members were contemplating whether tostart a Land Trust or SE Idaho, her git, and the interest and sup-port o others in the area, helped the ounding Board volunteersunderstand that there was a community o people here in SEIdaho who cared deeply or the land, and who wanted to see itprotected or uture generations.I irst met Priscilla soon ater moving back to Pocatello in 2008,but it wasn’t until I sat down with her recently that I learned justhow deeply she cares or the land she calls home. When I vis-
Fall 2011
Newsletter
From th Dirctor,
 Josin Matkins
ited her at her home this all, I ound a kindred spirit in her heartelt love or the seasons, love or the mountains, andlove or the unique landscape o southeastern Idaho. Whatstruck me most about our conversation was the conserva- tion ethic she instilled in her children. She described howher children wanted a portion o their inheritance to go to protecting the land where they were raised, and her children urged her to put the Land Trust in her will. Since that meeting, I have noticed just how deep the connectiono love or the land runs through the amilies that support the Land Trust. This newsletter is illed with examples andpictures o generations sharing their love or the Land.
Thank you for your part in hping us raiz th futur wnvision for Southast Idaho: opn spacs, widif, rcr-ation, working ranch and farmands.
Your inancial and in-kind gits in the last 5 years have leveraged over 4.4 milliondollars in conservation projects. What’s more, we have aspecial matching challenge during our year-end appeal thatcan double the impact o your git. See the membershipsection o this newsletter or more inormation on how you can leverage your donation to achieve quality conser- vation across southeastern Idaho. Thank you!
 
Reired Board member Marjanna Hule wih daugher Kesrel a Fundraiser 
 
Garry was born and raised in Billings Montana, but has calledIdaho his home or over 25 years. He graduated rom MontanaState University with a degree in architecture beore moving toIdaho with brie stays in Coeur D’Alene and Lewiston beoresettling in Pocatello in 1984. In Pocatello, he and his wie,Terry, raised their two children and welcomed his irst grandchild just over a year ago. Garry and his business partner o 17 years, ormer Board member Brent Nichols, ran DDC llc, anarchitecture and development company in Southeastern Idaho.Garry is a ounding Board member o the Land Trust and took over as President ater Tom Lucia retired earlier this year. Anyone that knows Garry knows how much he enjoys ish-ing, hunting and being outdoors. “Southeast Idaho is as beau- tiul as anywhere, and I want to do what I can to help protectit,” says Garry o his new role.
Martha Wacknhut, Nw VP Hping Buid th OrganizationNw Board Prsidnt, Garry Ratzaff 
 Who W Ar
and work with the diverse group o individuals who make up the Board and sta. Their dedication, enthusiasm and knowl-edge are inspirational, inectious, and moving the organizationorward in leaps and bounds. In act, one o the big surprises to me has been to realize just how much the organization has grown and changed in such a short period o time. In the past year, our sta has expanded and specialized; our Board hasdiversiied and participated in important planning and train-ing programs; we have developed policies and protocols tostrengthen and protect the organization; and we have com-pleted a Conservation Plan identiying priority conservationareas. These accomplishments, along with others, are increas-ing our ability to protect lands, inluence land stewardship, andbecome a voice in SE Idaho communities that want to play arole in maintaining our high quality o lie.Starting my second year on the Board, I am excited to see what milestones we will reach next. O course we all hope tosee many more acres conserved as wildlie habitat, workinglands, and open spaces. Additionally, as chair o the organiza- tion’s Development Committee, I am looking orward to help-ing promote and represent the Land Trust in ways which willinspire individuals to get involved not only as members, but asparticipants in our events and activities, volunteers or specialprojects, and board members to help take us into the uture. A little over a year agoi someone asked me what I knew about land trusts, I would have given a airly superi-cial response explain-ing their importantrole in the conserva- tion o wildlie habi- tat, the maintenanceo working lands, and the protection o openspace. Ater servingon the Board or over a year, I still tout these values, but with moreconidence, more details about the lands being protected inSoutheast Idaho, more understanding about the complex-ity o managing a land trust. Most importantly, I have moreadmiration or the olks who had the vision and ortitude toorganize the Land Trust and continue to be involved in many capacities. While my motive to join the Board was to try to pitch-in andhelp with land conservation, one o the most exciting thingsabout working with the Land Trust has been getting to know
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Garry wih ormer Board Presiden, Tom Lucia 
 
Phoo: Marha a Mink Creek Canyon Ranch all picnic 
 
 
Valerie a her Ovid Ranch his spring 
 Valerie and her husband, Marvin, moved to Montpelier in 1997 andown and operate a working ranch in Bear Lake County. They made the Bear Lake area home ater meeting in Jackson Hole whereMarvin grew up. From there, they moved to Star Valley and raised their two girls. Valerie joined the Land Trust Board because she values the rural liestyle and to ensure it is not lost to ranchettes,subdivisions, and second homes.
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Muriel Roberts - Volunteer o the Year Tom Lucia - Land Trust Leader  
Muriel, Heidi, and voluneers pulling hisles a resoraion work-day 
Muriel is one o the Land Trust’s most reliable volunteers.From pulling Canadian thistle at Cedar Creek Preserve (pic- tured above with Clancy Bingham, Hailey McNeely, and our new stewardship coordinator, Heidi Albano) to helping atnearly every undraiser or picnic we’ve had, Muriel is truly one o our avorite volunteers. Thanks so much Muriel, youreally make our day!
 
Tom and his son, Ma Lucia, a Mink Creek Canyon Ranch picnic his all 
Tom was a ounding Board member o the Land Trust, and worked or the Idaho Department o Fish and Game or over 30 years. Tom recently retired rom IDFG, and hasretired rom the Land Trust Board ater serving as presidentsince our incorporation 8 years ago. Tom’s many conserva- tion achievements were recognized at a picnic at the Mink Creek Canyon Ranch. Since retiring, Tom has been busy climbing mountains this all, cumulating with a trip to Nepal this October.
 Vari Robrtson Joins th BoardHidi Abano joins staff!
Heidi was born and raised in SE Idaho and has spent much o the last20 years in Pocatello. Heidi has been a Land Trust volunteer sinceshe obtained her Masters’ degree at ISU exploring the relationshipbetween cheat grass, native plant communities, and soil nitrogencycles in sagebrush steppe in 2009. In July, Heidi became the LandTrust’s second sta member! Her key responsibilities includeconservation easement monitoring and ee title preserve property management.Heidi says o the area and her new job, “I was ortunate to grow upexploring the mountains and high deserts, which lead to my love or  the natural world. I enjoy spending time outdoors ishing, camping,backpacking, and relecting. Nothing can brighten a day better thansitting in the middle o an aspen grove listening to the wind rustlein the leaves. I have been working with the Land Trust on specialprojects, but its great to become a ull-ledged sta member. I am solucky to be involved with such a great organization that is working sohard to keep Idaho, Idaho!”
Spcia Thanks
See MORe ONlINe!sagbrushandtrust.org
Cover phoo o Joselin and Tom and Who We Are picures o Tom, Garry, Marha, and Mat cour- esy o Mary McAleese 

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