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From the Board - New Member Jessica McAleese
As a small acreage farmer in the Portneuf Valley, I have spent the last several weeks buzzing from one task to the other, getting the farm ready for the season. When stopping to take in my surroundings, I enjoy the contrast of snow melting on the peaks into green foothills. The coming of spring brings a certain sense of change and new growth to my bones and I grow giddy with anticipation for all things blooming. I love this corner of the world and my roots here are deep. Like many of you, I grew up in these mountains, scrambled around on these cliffs, fished along these rivers and skied along these ridges. And now, as I dig my toes into the freshly turned soil and plant my spinach seeds, I find great peace in working to grow good food for this Valley. I am thrilled to be a new board member on the SSRLT. My interest in the conservation of this region goes beyond aesthetics. My dedication for the conservation and protection of southeast Idaho is rooted to the quality of life so many of us treasure. It is the very heart of this amazing region. The sense of place so many of us feel as we buzz around day to day, taking joy in living in a place that still fulfills our senses. We don’t have to travel hours on end to seek solitude, watch in awe as the red tailed hawk soars in the thermals above, or feel that high desert wind on our cheeks. It is right out our back doors. And yet, this place we call home is still so vulnerable. With this lies my commitment to you, the Land Trust, and a call to action for all of us. Our land is at risk, our watersheds, wildlife habitat, and working lands are in jeopardy, and our quality of life--the heart beating through this region—is being swiftly gobbled and transformed irreversibly. The time is ripe to work with one another to conserve and protect our lands through Southeast Idaho. By working together with landowners, community organizations, and others committed to good stewardship, we have the chance to protect this region and the lands we all love and enjoy. Thanks for your support of your local Land Trust. I hope to see you at our spring and summer events!
Working with willing landowners, the Land Trust’s mission is to protect and enhance natural lands, wildlife habitat, and working farms and ranches in southeastern Idaho, now and for future generations.
Welcome New Board Members!
Jessica McAleese is a wild earth enthusiast and grew up in the mountains of Idaho. She is the co-conspirator of LadyBird Farms, a small community supported agriculture (CSA) and market farm in the Portneuf Gap area. When not growing veggies, Jessica works on many different community based projects throughout southeast Idaho, including the development and promotion of community and school gardens, sustainable agriculture coordination with Three Rivers RC&D, and outreach and education with The Pocatello Co-op. She has her Master’s in Public Health and is an active community member, serving on the City of Pocatello’s Open Space Advisory Committee and now the Sagebrush S t e p p e Regional Land Trust!
Who We Are
Lisa grew up in Whiting, Indiana, a small town on Lake Michigan that borders Chicago. She has lived in Phoenix, Houston, and Tampa but maintains that Pocatello is the best place she has ever lived. Having been here for 15 years, Lisa cherishes the high quality of life in southeast Idaho. Lisa has a B.S. in Geology from the University of South Florida, an M.S. in Environmental Science from Idaho State University, and is a Registered Professional Geologist. She is self-employed as an environmental consultant and focuses on water resources. Her passions are skiing, mountain biking, and rock climbing with her family and friends. Learn more about all the Land Trust’s Board members, staff, and volunteers online by visiting our website.
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Land Trust Alliance Leadership Training
Thanks to the support of the Land Trust Alliance, the Brainerd Foundation, and the Heart of the Rockies, Joselin was able to participate in a week long land trust executive director leadership seminar in March. It was an amazing opportunity to learn from the best of the best in the land trust community in regard to bulding a viable and sustainable organization. Looking ahead, we are going to take the valuable information gained at this training to revisit and revitalize our organizations’ stragic plan. We are tackling this planning process in coming months and would welcome participation and input from our community members. 2
Training participants gaze at the Pacific during a field trip of a conservation easement in Big Sur area.
Community Upcoming Events and Activities!
Don’t Miss the Second Annual
Great Outdoors Fundraiser
Thursday, July 8 at the Mink Creek Group Site
Please join us Thursday, July 8 for our second Annual Fundraiser and BBQ at the Mink Creek Group Site. The event features a lamb dinner, beer and wine, a silent auction, great live music, and kids activities. Come and enjoy the great outdoors while supporting a great cause!
Don’t miss Steelhead Redd!
Tickets Available at the Raven’s Next Starting June 1
Restoration Workday - Saturday, June 5
We will be working on weed control and other restoration activities along the newly restored Cedar Creek, a tributary of the Blackfoot River.
On the Land Tour - Saturday, June 12
Join SSRLT staff and Board members, along with local naturalists, Karl Holte and Chuck Trost, as we get out and enjoy our most recent conservation easement in Bannock County.
Flyfishing & Float Trip - TBA (Aug/Sept) Join us for our second annual float down the Bear River. The date will be posted on our website later this summer. Meet us at other community events Listen to music while stopping by our booth at the Portneuf Riverfest in Taysom Rotary Park on Saturday, June 19.
Volunteers are vital to our success, and there are opportunities in almost every aspect of the work we do. It’s a great way to get outside, meet new people, and help protect the special places that make this a wonderful area to live . There are many ways to be involved. If you are interested in offering your knowledge and skills in any capacity to help protect land in southeastern Idaho, please contact us! Opportunities are available in land stewardship, events, fundraising, publicity, and office projects. You can also serve on the Board or a committee.
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To learn more about any of our upcoming events, visit our website: sagebrushlandtrust.org To RSVP please call (208) 241-4662 or email email@example.com
Land Trust Protected 396 acres in 2009! ...expect even more in 2010
113 Additional Acres Protected in Cove Conservation Area
The Land Trust is excited to announce the protection of 113 acres just across the river from the Land Trust’s Kackley Preserve and adjacent to other Land Trust conservation easements along the Bear River. This new conservation easement adds to the Cove Conservation Area and protects the area’s diverse open space values, including riparian areas along the Bear River, wetlands and springs, as well as prime agricultural and ranch land. The project continues the broader conservation of 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, harmful land uses, and activities on the property. In cooperation with the landowner, fences were built along the river and surrounding natural springs to exclude cattle, and new watering systems were constructed to move cattle away from these sensitive areas. View DetaileD maP at
Flying Elk Conservation Easement
Last December, the Land Trust closed its first conservation easement in Bannock County! 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 that 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. The property will remain under the ownership of the landowners and will be managed to protect important riparian habitat along Rapid Creek.
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Our Region’s Native Junipers
If one tree defines Pocatello it would have to be the juniper. Junipers dot our hillsides and push against homes sprouting in their territory. They are so common that we take them for granted, but junipers are interesting trees. Junipers are often called ‘cedars’ – a good example of just how confusing common names can be. True cedars are in the Pine family. Junipers are in the Cypress family. Two species of tree-sized junipers are native here. Utah juniper (scientific name Juniperus osteosperma) is the most common. It is a stiff, stubby tree. The scale-like leaves feel coarse – like potscrubbers. The berry-like cone (which takes two years to mature) contains one and sometimes two seeds. Scratching the blue blush from older cones exposes a reddish brown cover beneath. Rocky Mountain juniper (Juniperus scopulorum) has a finertextured appearance, but the branches feel pointed and prickly. Each berry-like cone holds two seeds – sometimes one. Because Rocky Mt. juniper generally bears male and female cones on separate trees, berries will be found only on the female trees. It has a larger range than any other juniper species in the West, but it is not as common around Pocatello as Utah juniper. The nursery trade has developed many varieties of Rocky Mt. juniper including ‘Skyrocket’ and ‘Wichita Blue’. Both junipers grow slowly. Rocky Mt. Juniper grows 0.79 inch in diameter per decade until it reaches 170 years old. Thereafter the growth rate declines to a rate of 0.255 inch in diameter per decade after 250 years of age! Utah juniper reaches 25 feet tall, and Rocky Mt. juniper rarely exceeds 35 feet. Rocky Mt. juniper typically lives 250-300 years, although
Eliza Hasselquist and Sandra help monitor easement.
“Old Juniper” in Logan Canyon is believed to be 3,000 years old. Utah juniper may live as long as 650 years and begins to produce seed only when about 30 years old. The seeds are so long-lived that, in one study, 17% of Utah juniper seeds germinated after 45 years. Junipers are very drought tolerant. They can push a taproot deep into the soil, but it is the lateral roots, which extend as far as 100 feet from the tree and just several inches below the surface, that collect most of the tree’s needed moisture. If you are fortunate enough to have native junipers around your home, remember that they are very flammable. So keep them a safe distance from your home’s structure. And remember that they do not need, nor appreciate, extra water. By Sandra Thorne-Brown, a Land Trust member and active volunteer, as well as a Tree Commission member and urban forester. She has volunteered her time helping with everything from event coordination to easement monitoring and baseline documentation. Thanks Sandra for your contribution to the Land Trust’s lasting sucess!
This March, the Land Trust held its first community outreach meeting in Bannock County. It was a great opportunity for landowners to get to know the work of the Land Trust, and we have talked with several people about protecting their family land. We are looking to expand this effort into the 6 other counties of our service area: Bear Lake, Bingham, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida, and Power Counties. If you, or anyone you know, would like to learn more about our work across southeastern Idaho, please contact us to arrange a meeting.
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Foreground: Juniper loaded with berries. Background: Henderson Conservation Easement along the Bear River with the northern Wasatch mountains beyond.
Executive Director Celebrates 2 Years
It has been a great couple years for me, and for the Land Trust! Thanks to the support of our community and our conservation partners, we have protected over 600 acres and have several projects in the works. We have strengthened our partnerships and increased our community support exponentially. Our 2009 annual giving campaign doubled the contribution projections for renewing members, and tripled those of new members. Thanks!! These contributions make up about 15% of our 2010 operating budget and are critical to our ongoing ability to protect wildlife habitat and working lands in Southeastern Idaho, and to sustain my position. Our 2009 fundraiser at the Mink Creek site was a great time with music stylings of Steelhead Redd and brought in 5% of our annual budget. I can’t wait to see everyone this year on July 8. Recently, the Land Trust welcomed 2 new Board members, Lisa Safford and Jessica McAleese. I am thrilled to add their knowledge, expertise, and motivation to our efforts. I want to thank everyone for making my time in southeastern Idaho so meaningful. I love playing in our mountains, rivers, and wildland. Thank you for your ongoing support.
Joselin enjoys the great outdoor recreation acoress Southeastern Idaho
The service area of the Sagebrush Steppe Regional Land Trust covers the 7 southeastern counties of Idaho: Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida, and Power. This is a lot of land for one Land Trust, and our conservation planning process is helping to guide our efforts to achieve meaningful conservation of our region’s valuable natural resources. It will also help us avoid postage stamp conservation, or isolated conservation projects. Conservation planning is a tool for land trusts to identify high priority lands for conservation within our service area. To do this, the Land Trust goes through a process that identifies conservation targets, like protection for threatened species, working lands, and historical community values. The Land Trust started its conservation planning throughout our service area back in December in Soda Springs. This meeting brought together resource experts in the Blackfoot and Bear River watersheds to identify critical wildlife habitat, farms and ranches, and key community resources (like public access). In late February we held another meeting to identify priority areas in the Portneuf River Basin. Currently, we are analyzing the information gathered from the resource experts across southeastern Idaho to develop an integrated conservation plan. This plan will not only identify spatially the key private lands for conservation, but also strategies to achieve our conservation goals. This includes identifying funding sources and cultivating partnerships, finding landowners interested in voluntary conservation easements through increased outreach. In the next few months, Heidi Albano, who has been volunteering for the Land Trust for over a year, will be working through all the data we’ve gathered and putting together a report. Thanks to a grant from the Heart of the Rockies initiative in support of this planning process, she will get a little compensation for all her hard work!
Thanks to those that contributed since Fall Newsletter in 2009!
$10,000 - $24,999 Heart of the Rockies Initiative Wilburforce Foundation $5,000 - $9,999 Anonymous Donor The Norcross Foundation $1,000 - $4,999 Anonymous Donor The Land Trust Alliance David and Pam Maguire Maguire and Penrod Pocatello Attorneys Monsanto Jim and Bonnie Shaw Babette Thorpe Walmart $500 - $999 Bob and Jude Flandro Tim and Jessica Lindstrom Bruce Smith $250 - $499 Allen and Mary Eng Tim Flandro Joan Hansen June Heilman Matt Lucia Tom Lucia Deb Mignogno Rick Nordseth Andrew and Susan Pierson Muriel Roberts David and Stella Sandquist Michael Thomas and Alissa Salmore $100 - $249 Dale Azevedo Lance and Karen Bethke Kate Delate and Bob Bloxham Randy and Becky Budge Peter and Cathy Frischmann Frank and Judy Harmon Gene and Sue Ann Hoge Floyd and Ruth Johnson Dr. Paul Link Ralph and Jackie Maughan Muriel Roberts Matt and Hannah Sanger Bud and Ann Smalley Robert Brown and Sandra Thorne-Browne Congregational United Church of Christ United Way of Southeast Idaho Charles Williams and Rosemary Smith Rick Williams $50 - $99 Ben and Heidi Albano Guy and Vicki Anderst Carl Anderson Fred Belzer Larry Ghan Clyde and Lee Ann Gilbert Joan Hansen Niles and Eliza Hasselquist Patricia Isaeff James and Sharon Manning Wayne and Judy Minshall Greg Mladenka Dana Olson Dick and Donna Sagness Pete Savage Nick and Tacia Tsakrios $49 and under Sandi Arena Fisher Richard and Peggy Garvin Matt Germino Daniel and Melissa Green Byron Kelley Steve and LeAnn Kenison Richard Knudson Michael and Dorothy Lower Jane Matkins Fred and Carol Stirling Alicia Tauscher Richard and Pam Tucker Martha and Paul Wackenhut Kevin and Pamela Ward In Kind Contributions Ace Hardware Alpine Enterprises Bruce Brown Kate Delate and Bob Bloxham Costco Niccole Fuhriman Glacier Graphics ISU Outdoor Program Juniper Hills Country Club John and Carol Matkins Ellory Maughan Steelhead Redd Town and Country Gardens Turn It Up Productions Planned Giving and Bequests Priscilla Hearst
To All Our Volunteers!
Heidi Albano Boy Scout Grand Teton Troup 34 Kate and Bob Delate Cathy Frischmann Eliza Hasselquist Karl Holte Bob and Jude Flandro John and Carol Matkins Ellery Maughan Rick Nordseth Dana Olsen Clark Parker Muriel Roberts Alissa Salmore Bruce Smith Peggy Stolworthy Sandra Thorne-Brown Steelhead Redd Land Trust Board Members Lance Bethke Bill Davidson Marjanna Hulet Tom Lucis Jessica McAleese Deb Mignogno Garry Ratzlaff Lisa Safford Babette Thorpe
A Very Special Thanks
Looking for a Lasting Way to Contribute? Planned Giving may be for you...
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Land Project Update...Page 4
Our Native Junipers...Page 5
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