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Joselin presenting Leadership Award to former Board President, Tom Lucia
Every fall, the chill in the air encourages me to prepare for the long Idaho winter, and to reflect on the past year. The Land Trust has grown a lot this year. We added three new Board members, completed an organizational analysis in preparation for Accreditation, updated our strategic plan, and added a second staff member to meet our growing responsibilities. We also have projects in the works to report on in coming months! Reflecting on the last three and a half years as Land Trust’s Executive Director, I am excited about the lands we’ve protected and encouraged by the progress we’ve made transitioning from an all volunteer start-up to a professionally staffed organization. This newsletter is our opportunity to report on all the great work the Land Trust has been doing, the state of our finances, and most importantly, to thank our donors for the financial and in-kind gifts that make our work possible. None of our conservation success stories would have been possible without the generous support of community members. Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Priscilla Hearst. Priscilla, a Land Trust member, was one of our first donors, and the first to include us in her estate plan. Eight years ago, when the founding Board members were contemplating whether to start a Land Trust for SE Idaho, her gift, and the interest and support of others in the area, helped the founding Board volunteers understand that there was a community of people here in SE Idaho who cared deeply for the land, and who wanted to see it protected for future generations. I first met Priscilla soon after moving back to Pocatello in 2008, but it wasn’t until I sat down with her recently that I learned just how deeply she cares for the land she calls home. When I vis-
ited her at her home this fall, I found a kindred spirit in her heartfelt love for the seasons, love for the mountains, and love for the unique landscape of southeastern Idaho. What struck me most about our conversation was the conservation ethic she instilled in her children. She described how her children wanted a portion of 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 connection of love for the land runs through the families that support the Land Trust. This newsletter is filled with examples and pictures of generations sharing their love for the Land. Thank you for your part in helping us realize the future we envision for Southeast Idaho: open spaces, wildlife, recreation, working ranch and farmlands. Your financial and inkind gifts in the last 5 years have leveraged over 4.4 million dollars in conservation projects. What’s more, we have a special matching challenge during our year-end appeal that can double the impact of your gift. See the membership section of this newsletter for more information on how you can leverage your donation to achieve quality conservation across southeastern Idaho. Thank you!
Retired Board member Marjanna Hulet with daughter Kestrel at Fundraiser
Who We Are
New Board President, Garry Ratzlaff
Garry was born and raised in Billings Montana, but has called Idaho his home for over 25 years. He graduated from Montana State University with a degree in architecture before moving to Idaho with brief stays in Coeur D’Alene and Lewiston before settling in Pocatello in 1984. In Pocatello, he and his wife, Terry, raised their two children and welcomed his first grand child just over a year ago. Garry and his business partner of 17 years, former Board member Brent Nichols, ran DDC llc, an architecture and development company in Southeastern Idaho. Garry is a founding Board member of the Land Trust and took over as President after Tom Lucia retired earlier this year. Anyone that knows Garry knows how much he enjoys fishing, hunting and being outdoors. “Southeast Idaho is as beautiful as anywhere, and I want to do what I can to help protect it,” says Garry of his new role.
Garry with former Board President, Tom Lucia
Martha Wackenhut, New VP Helping Build the Organization
A little over a year ago if someone asked me what I knew about land trusts, I would have given a fairly superficial response explaining their important role in the conservation of wildlife habitat, the maintenance of working lands, and the protection of open space. After serving on the Board for over a year, I still tout these values, but with more confidence, more details about the lands being protected in Southeast Idaho, more understanding about the complexity of managing a land trust. Most importantly, I have more admiration for the folks who had the vision and fortitude to organize the Land Trust and continue to be involved in many capacities. While my motive to join the Board was to try to pitch-in and help with land conservation, one of the most exciting things about working with the Land Trust has been getting to know and work with the diverse group of individuals who make up the Board and staff. Their dedication, enthusiasm and knowledge are inspirational, infectious, and moving the organization forward in leaps and bounds. In fact, one of the big surprises to me has been to realize just how much the organization has grown and changed in such a short period of time. In the past year, our staff has expanded and specialized; our Board has diversified and participated in important planning and training programs; we have developed policies and protocols to strengthen and protect the organization; and we have completed a Conservation Plan identifying priority conservation areas. These accomplishments, along with others, are increasing our ability to protect lands, influence land stewardship, and become a voice in SE Idaho communities that want to play a role in maintaining our high quality of life. Starting my second year on the Board, I am excited to see what milestones we will reach next. Of course we all hope to see many more acres conserved as wildlife habitat, working lands, and open spaces. Additionally, as chair of the organization’s Development Committee, I am looking forward to helping promote and represent the Land Trust in ways which will inspire individuals to get involved not only as members, but as participants in our events and activities, volunteers for special projects, and board members to help take us into the future.
Photo: Martha at Mink Creek Canyon Ranch fall picnic
Heidi Albano joins staff!
Heidi was born and raised in SE Idaho and has spent much of the last 20 years in Pocatello. Heidi has been a Land Trust volunteer since she obtained her Masters’ degree at ISU exploring the relationship between cheat grass, native plant communities, and soil nitrogen cycles in sagebrush steppe in 2009. In July, Heidi became the Land Trust’s second staff member! Her key responsibilities include conservation easement monitoring and fee title preserve property management. Heidi says of the area and her new job, “I was fortunate to grow up exploring the mountains and high deserts, which lead to my love for the natural world. I enjoy spending time outdoors fishing, camping, backpacking, and reflecting. Nothing can brighten a day better than sitting in the middle of an aspen grove listening to the wind rustle in the leaves. I have been working with the Land Trust on special projects, but its great to become a full-fledged staff member. I am so lucky to be involved with such a great organization that is working so hard to keep Idaho, Idaho!”
Tom Lucia - Land Trust Leader
Valerie Robertson Joins the Board
Tom was a founding Board member of the Land Trust, and worked for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game for over 30 years. Tom recently retired from IDFG, and has retired from the Land Trust Board after serving as president since our incorporation 8 years ago. Tom’s many conservation achievements were recognized at a picnic at the Mink Creek Canyon Ranch. Since retiring, Tom has been busy climbing mountains this fall, cumulating with a trip to Nepal this October.
Tom and his son, Matt Lucia, at Mink Creek Canyon Ranch picnic this fall
Muriel Roberts - Volunteer of the Year
Valerie at her Ovid Ranch this spring
Valerie and her husband, Marvin, moved to Montpelier in 1997 and own and operate a working ranch in Bear Lake County. They made the Bear Lake area home after meeting in Jackson Hole where Marvin 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 lifestyle and to ensure it is not lost to ranchettes, subdivisions, and second homes.
Cover photo of Joselin and Tom and Who We Are pictures of Tom, Garry, Martha, and Matt courtesy of Mary McAleese
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Muriel, Heidi, and volunteers pulling thistles at restoration work-day
Muriel is one of the Land Trust’s most reliable volunteers. From pulling Canadian thistle at Cedar Creek Preserve (pictured above with Clancy Bingham, Hailey McNeely, and our new stewardship coordinator, Heidi Albano) to helping at nearly every fundraiser or picnic we’ve had, Muriel is truly one of our favorite volunteers. Thanks so much Muriel, you really make our day!
Taking Care of the land and Taking on a New Role,
Each year, the stewardship responsibilities of the Land Trust grow. As we protect more land, we take on new monitoring and management responsibilities. Each conservation easement requires regular annual Heidi and Dr. Karl Holte at Kackley Preserve monitoring to ensure the conservation values are being protected in perpetuity. The Land Trust also owns 600 acres in two properties. These properties are open to the public and require regular management. As the new stewardship coordinator, I’ve had my hands full this summer. Stewarding the lands under protection by the Land Trust requires me to wear many different hats. I interact with the landowners, the general public, neighboring property owners, and all of our fantastic volunteers. I have been managing the Land Trust’s two fee title preserves, the Kackley Preserve along the Bear River near Grace and the Deep Creek Preserve near Franklin. Invasive weeds have invaded natural lands across the region, and we are targeting populations of thistle, leafy spurge, and dyer’s woad on our preserves in order to give the native species a chance to grow and flourish. Our past newsletters have provided regular updates on the restoration of Kackley Springs, and the latest activities are really exciting! During the winter, the installation of the Kackley Springs fish trap was completed. The fish trap will allow the native Bonneville cutthroat trout (BCT) access to the mile-long restored stream for spawning habitat while keeping other non-native fish out. Upon the completion of the fish trap, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game planted 1,500 native trout into Kackley Springs. We had the opportuVolunteer Bill Waterfield places native Bonneville cutthroat trout into the spring
by Heidi Albano
nity to release the fish one bucket at a time this spring and the experience was exhilarating! Joselin even made the evening news! It was such a great experience releasing these fish into the springs and watching them disappear into the undercut banks, under rocks, and into the vegetation.
Fish trap checked regularly during spawning season to sort fish. Non-native fish are returned to Bear River while BCT are moved into Kackley Springs
to Grace via Grace Power Plant Road (~5 miles)
Public Access Parking Bear River Kackley Springs
Kackley Springs flows through Property before reaching the Bear River
Deep Creek Preserve
Protecting Winter Range for elk, by Heidi Albano
The Deep Creek Preserve is located near the city of Franklin. The Land Trust has owned the property for just over a year, and this summer we traversed the 435 acres documenting populations of leafy spurge and other weeds, evaluating fencing along the boundaries to address trespass cattle, and developing a management plan to address these and other issues associated with the property. To get extra help, we worked with the Utah Conservation Corps. Four members of the UCC spent a week on the property working on weed management, fence repair, and trail maintenance. I had a great time learning about their organization and how we could build a partnership with them for years to come. They were also excited to begin working with us and were grateful to have such a beautiful place to call home for a week. With our partners from the Bear River Environmental Coordinating Committee and PacifiCorp Energy, we purchased the property to protect its exceptional conservation values. Key among them are its stream habitat for Bonneville cutthroat trout and critical winter range for elk. This property is classified as elk winter range by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and supports a large elk population in the late winter and early spring. Quality elk winter range has windswept and sun exposed slopes that are accessible during winter months. These exposed shrub-steppe areas below the high country, where snowpack limits access to food, serve as a critical food source during winter months when animals need access to food and energy most to make it through the long Idaho winters. The Deep Creek Preserve, the Mink Creek Canyon Ranch (conservation easement), and Two Creeks Ranch (conservation easement) are important winter range areas protected in Franklin County. Long winters are hard on these incredible animals and protecting areas that provide during the winter months is extremely valuable. We are so pleased the Land Trust can help protect these critical areas.
Heidi with Board members Martha Wackenhut and Bob Flandro monitoring local easement
Annual Easement Monitoring
With camera, compass and clipboard in hand, new Stewardship Coordinator, Heidi Albano and Land Trust Board members finished the summer conservation easement monitoring. We are happy to report all of our conservation easements looked great this year!
Wildlife photos courtesy of Mary McAleese
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We steward 12 conservation easements totaling 1,340 acres. Before taking any conservation easement, we develop a baseline documentation report. These reports document the natural resources and man-made features of a property, and serve as a snapshot of the property at the time the easement was placed on the property. We use the report to ensure that the conservation values are protected and the terms of the conservation easement are upheld. When monitoring a property, we evaluate the condition of the property against the report and update photographs annually. This year Heidi had help from our Board members taking photographs, identifying GPS points, and documenting any changes that were seen on our properties. Thank you to each of our monitors and land stewards for a job well done! Especially Bob Flandro, Martha Wackenhut, Jessica McAleese, Deb Mignogno, and Garry Ratzlaff. If you want to join us next year, let us know and we can get you on our stewardship volunteer list.
The Idaho Coalition of Land Trusts (ICOLT), created in 2010, is a group of twenty nonprofit land trust organizations and two local and state government-sponsored programs working on private land conservation and voluntary conservation agreements throughout the state. The Coalition’s mission is to support and advance professional excellence in voluntary private land conservation for people and nature. ICOLT also helps to coordinate association membership to achieve legislative, administrative, communications and policy goals. Joselin is the current Chair of ICOLT’s Executive Committee. “I took the role because I believe in the mission and know that an effective statewide coalition is needed to bring a stronger voice to our important work.” Idaho Land Trust Coalition members include: City of Boise Foothills and Open Space Program Clark Fork-Pend Oreille Conservancy, Sandpoint Ducks Unlimited, Statewide Heart of the Rockies Initiative, Driggs Idaho Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Boise Idaho Foundation for Parks and Lands, Boise Inland Northwest Land Trust, Spokane, WA Land Trust of the Treasure Valley, Boise Lemhi Regional Land Trust, Salmon Palouse Land Trust, Moscow Payette Land Trust, McCall Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Statewide Sagebrush Steppe Regional Land Trust, Pocatello Sawtooth Society, Stanley Southern Idaho Land Trust, Twin Falls Teton Regional Land Trust, Driggs The Conservation Fund, Statewide The Nature Conservancy, Statewide The Trust for Public Land, Statewide The Vital Ground Foundation, Statewide The Wilderness Land Trust, Statewide Wood River Land Trust, Hailey
Joselin with David Anderson (Land Trust Alliance Board Chair), and Kristin Troy and Tom McFarland (Director and Board Chair of Lemhi Regional Land Trust in Salmon)
Protecting America’s Crown Jewel
The Heart of the Rockies Initiative is a collaboration of 25 national, statewide, and local land trusts working from Alberta and British Columbia to Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming. The core mission of this initiative is to work together to increase the pace of strategic private land conservation in the Northern Rockies to ensure the long-term ecological functionality of these vast landscapes. This region contains some of the most captivating wildlife and important working lands in North America, and private lands are among the region’s most ecologically productive. Our collective efforts are creating strategic and effective conservation successes. Part of the Initiative’s approach to achieving its mission is to provide grants to member Land Trusts to develop their capacity and sustainability. Since 2007 we have received over $40,000 in grant funds. We have used these grants to help hire our first Executive Director, to develop our conservation plan, to complete strategic planning, to train staff and Board to be better fundraisers, to build our stewardship program, and to prepare for Accreditation.
The Heart of the Rockies Initiative service area connects the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem to the Crown of the Continent at the Canadian Border
A Vision for the Porteuf River
Louis Wasniewski of USFS taking a look at bank to be removed and restored
What is the Portneuf River Project? The Portneuf River Project is a cooperative effort between non-government conservation groups and government agencies who share an interest in protecting and enhancing outdoor recreational opportunities, the quality of our environment, and native species recovery. The partner members believe that collectively, we can provide our community with high quality water, vibrant fish and wildlife populations, and recreational opportunities. Why is this partnership so important? Rivers are the lifeblood of the lands through which they flow. Meandering rivers recharge aquifers and provide vital habitat for many species of fish and wildlife. Rivers have been harnessed over the centuries for hydropower, diverted for agriculture and confined behind dykes to prevent flooding. The Portneuf River is no exception. Private landowners, corporations and government partners are working to restore community river systems. Rivers are once again gaining access to their flood plains through the removal of dykes. Stream banks once eroding away are stable-covered with lush willows. While restoring the Portneuf River faces some significant challenges, there is still time to help shape its future.
What is the partnership doing today? In 2009, the partnership secured funding to purchase 7 acres along the Portneuf River. Ultimately, the project will restore a highly degraded reach of the Portneuf River, provide public access to the Portneuf River. Once the restoration is complete, the project will serve as a demonstration project with educational and interpretive signage about river health and water quality. Work is currently underway with the removal of several thousand cubic yards of dirt that has been eroding into the river. These banks, which are 10 to 14 feet high, will be cut down and the new banks will be stabilized with native grasses and willows. This is a really unique opportunity and we look forward to sharing it with the community this spring! Who’s involved? Cariboo Conservancy City of Lava City of Pocatello Idaho Department of Environmental Quality Idaho Fish and Game Idaho Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Inc. Magic Valley Fly Fishers Sagebrush Steppe Regional Land Trust South East Idaho Fly Fishers The Nature Conservancy Trout Unlimited U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Forest Service
Q and A with Bud Smalley, coordinator of the Portneuf River Partnership. Reach Bud at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Protecting and Restoring the Bear
In partnership with PacifiCorp Energy and the Bear River Environmental Coordinating Committee, the Land Trust has protected over 1600 acres in the Bear River watershed. These projects permanently protect the diverse open space values, including riparian woodlands along the Bear River, tributary habitat for spawning Bonneville cutthroat trout, as well as prime agricultural and ranch land. Funding for many projects in the Bear River watershed is provided by the Bear River Hydroelectric Project’s Environmental Coordinating Committee, a stakeholder group that approves expenditure of PacifiCorp Energy hydro project environmental enhancement funds dedicated to improving water quality and native fish populations along the Bear River in Idaho. Members of the ECC include the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the United States Forest Service, the National Park Service, the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, the Shoshonne-Bannock Tribes, Trout Unlimited, the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, American Whitewater, and Idaho Rivers United.
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The Land Trust’s Mission is to
protect and enhance our region’s quality of life, now and for future generations, through the conservation of wildlife habitat, natural lands, and working farms and ranches in Southeastern Idaho. The land trust is a community based non-profit organization that works with willing landowners to permanently protect land through conservation easements and fee title acquisitions in 7 SE counties. The land trust facilitates voluntary conservation agreements or easement with willing landowners. We are responsible for upholding the conservation easement terms in perpetuity.
Conservation Impact between 2006-2011
Program Fundraising Administration
Land Trust SE Idaho Service Area
lAND TRUST BOARD
How do our operations funds leaverage conservation transactions?
Conservation Acquistions* (93%) Program (5%) Fundraising (1%) Administration (1%) $4,432,000 $260,000 $24,800 $24,800
Garry Ratzlaff, President Martha Wackenhut, Vice-President Lance Bethke, Treasurer Deb Mignogno, Secretary Bill Davidson Bob Flandro Jessica McAleese Valerie Robertson
*includes stewardship funds secured with project for perpetual monitoring and management
Where did last years’ funding come from?
Other* (40%) Individuals (37%) Foundations (19%) Businesses (4%) $32,000 $30,000 $15,000 $3,500
Heidi Albano Legal Advisor - Tim Lindstrom
*indicates funding through the Bear River Environmental Coordinating Committee
How do we spend our annual funding?
Program (64%) Fundraising (8%) Administration (8%) $67,200 $6,400 $6,400
Office: 123 N Main, Suite 4 Pocatello, ID 83204 Mail: PO Box 1404 Pocatello, ID 83204 Web: sagebrushlandtrust.org Phone: (208) 241-4662
How much to we have to ensure our projects are protected in perpetuity?
Dedicated fund for management, monitoring, and enforcement $266,000
2011 Annual Income
2011 Annual expenses
Administration Individuals Fundraising
Strategic Goals 2011-2013
• Finish conservation plan to help identify, evaluate and prioritize projects to achieve maximum conservation impact • Build strategic partnerships to achieve conservation goals • Increase pace of conservation across service area
Rocky Mountain Power Foundation Grant
The Rocky Mountain Power Foundation awarded a $4000 grant to Sagebrush Steppe Regional Land Trust to increase awareness of voluntary land conservation opportunities facilitated by the Land Trust. The grant will help the Land Trust reach out to the community members along the Bear River and to increase the support and awareness across Southeast Idaho of the Land Trust conservation work. “The Rocky Mountain Power Foundation is pleased to be able to support Sagebrush Steppe Regional Land Trust in their effort to reach out to communities in southeastern Idaho.” said Glen Pond, Rocky Mountain Power customer and community manager.
Financial Growth and Stability
• Increase membership and annual giving from individuals, businesses, organizations, and governmental agencies. • Build endowment funds to support conservation, stewardship and operations.
Organization Development and Sustainability
• • • • • •
Develop partnership between Board, staff and volunteers Add second staff position starting July 2011 Develop the organization’s infrastructure Provide for professional training of staff and Board Apply for Accreditation in 2013 Improve and increase public awareness of Land Trust
Organizational Development Grants
The Land Trust has received several grants through the Land Trust Alliance, the Heart of the Rockies Initiative, the Wilburforce Foundation, and the LaSalle Adams Fund. These grants have sponsored Executive Director training, strategic planning, fundraising planning, and organization development activities for staff and Board members.
With the completion of our conservation plan in 2012, we will be undertaking a longer-range strategic planning process. If you have an interest in helping us figure out how much land to protect, by when, and where, talk to Joselin or Garry about serving on a committee or on the Board.
Thanks Fundraiser Sponsors!
Buddy’s Restaurant Butcher Block CoHO Coffee House Courtesy Ford Cynthia Louise Boutique Del Monte Meat DL Evans Bank Dr. Michael Flandro Electric Service Engelson, Capell, & Engelson Fish off the Old Block Hailey Paint Hanson Supply Heinz Frozen Food Company Henry’s Hair Design ISU Outdoor Recreation Juniper Hills Country Club Kruse Insurance KZBQ 93.7 and KORR 104 LadyBird Farms Live Water Properties Mama Inez Meyers Law Office Myers Anderson Architects Pacific Steel & Recycling Partner Steel Camping Phil Meador Toyota Pinehurst Nursery and Floral Pocatello Co-Op Portneuf Valley Brewery Portneuf Healthcare Foundation Pro Builders Remo’s Scott’s Lock and Key Scott’s Ski and Sports Simplot Snugfleece Inc. Steve Wallace Architects TEC Distributing of Idaho The Bag Lady The Goldsmith The Paperwork Place The Raven’s Nest
Thank you! Gifts made January 1, 2011 to October 15, 2011
$5,000 and above Heart of the Rockies Initiative PacifiCorp The Lightfoot Foundation The Wilburforce Foundation $1,000-4,999 Ducks Unlimited Intermountain West Joint Venture Land Trust Alliance Resources Legacy Fund Rocky Mountain Power Foundation The LaSalle Adams Fund The Norcross Wildlife Foundation
INDIVIDUALS & BUSINESSES
$5,000 and above Anonymous $1,000 - $4,999 Anonymous Allen and Kathy Barber JR Simplot Company $500 - $999 Vicki Abrams John and Kathy Albano Bob and Jude Flandro Jim Francfort Liz Lovell Phil and Bekki Meador John Sousa Babette Thorpe $250 - $499 Rosalyn Abrams Bob Bloxham and Kate Delate Frank and Judy Harmon Tom Lucia John and Carol Matkins Willis and Mary McAleese Garry and Terry Ratzlaff Paul and Martha Wackenhut
Mike Delate June Dudenake Blaine Gasser Shea Service
$100 - $249 continued Mary Madison Jessica McAleese Deb Mignogno Myers-Anderson Architects Mark and Eva Nye Pacific Steel Michelle Pak Portneuf Health Care Foundation Pro Builders, Gary Chisum Dale & Holly Reavis Dr. Kenneth Ryan Lisa and Tim Safford David & Stella Sandquist Jennifer Self Archie Service TEC Distributing Of Idaho Sandra Thorne-Brown and Bob Brown Dr. Charles Trost
Vicki Abrams Dick Anderson Bob Bloxham Boy Scout Teton Troop 34 Kate Delate Bob and Jude Flandro Cathy Frischmann Dr. Karl Holte Melinda Jahsman Land Trust Board Members Tom Lucia John and Carol Matkins Willis and Mary McAleese Garry and Terry Ratzlaff Muriel Roberts Pam Reschke Faith Rudebusch Amy Schultz Clayton Seek Sandra Thorne-Brown Utah Conservation Corp Bill Waterfield
Rod Anderson Ed and Marsh Desano Bob and Jude Flandro June Heilman Geoff Hogander Lynn and Tammy Kendell John and Carol Matkins John and Betty Sigler Willis McAleese Tim Norton
$50 - $99 Betty and Ty Anderson Carl Anderson Bernd Beutenmuller and Margaret Hudson Star Coulbrook and Mitch Butterfield Rae Lowe Dahmer Deno and Teresa Dudenake Bob and Sheri Frasure $100 - $249 Clyde and Lee Ann Gilbert Bill and Wendy Armstrong Gene and Sue Ann Hoge Karen and Lance Bethke Karl and Ardys Holte Bill and Jean Davidson Barry and Marjanna Hulet DL Evans Bank Patricia Isaeff Engleson, Capell and Engleson Robert and Pamela Kennedy Wylie and Niccole Fuhriman Ray and Kathy Lappan Jerry and Debbie Flandro Joe and Kathleen Lehman Dr. Michael Flandro Joselin Matkins Pete and Cathy Frischmann Kevin and Mary McKnight Heinz Frozen Food Company Meyers Law Office, Jay Meyers Intermountain Beverage Company Wayne and Judy Minshall Jensen Hayes Architects, PA Melvin and Barbara Nicholls Floyd and Ruth Johnson Tim Norton and Vicki Watson Paula Jones Peter and Sandra McDerrmot Mike Katsilometes Clifford and Kathleen Olsen Kruse Insurance Inc., Ron Howell Dave and Janet Pacioretty
Every effort has been made to ensure accurate representation of contributions. If you find an error, please let us know.
$50 - $99 continued Faith Rudebusch and Rick Pongratz Jerry and Wendy Ransbottom Muriel Roberts David and Karrie Schmidt Josh and Amy Schultz Darrell and Barbara Scott Jim and Bonnie Shaw Bud and Ann Smalley Southeast Idaho United Way Deb and Scott Stone Mike Thomas and Alissa Salmore Kevin and Pamela Ward
up to $49 Ben and Heidi Albano Stephanie Albano Marijana Dolsen Ryan Distefano Fred Evans Richard and Peggy Garvin Robert and Beverly Gillette Zelda Haddenham Lance Henderson Melinda Jahsman Virginia Kelly Michael and Dorothy Lower Matt MacMillian Bob Marcinko Jane Matkins
up to $49 continued Ruth Anne Moorhead Robert & LaVoy Myers Douglas Nilson Dana Olson Ryan and Kim Peterson Kayo Robertson Blake Romer Dick and Donna Sagness Jennifer Self Guy and Doreen Smith Jerry Tate Pam and Richard Tucker Steve Walker Bill Waterfield Janene Willer
leave a legacy that lasts, by Priscilla Hearst
My husband Joe and I moved to SE Idaho in 1956. We instantly fell in love with Pocatello and considered it a wonderful place to raise our four children. I’ve called Pocatello home for over 50 years and have grown to deeply care for the land. I became active in local conservation efforts because I could see that as a community we needed to take an active role in protecting the viability of our quality of life. I love the mountains, the open space, and the rich quality of life and feel it is my responsibility to think of the future. I have children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, and what to know that they can enjoy SE Idaho’s sense of place as much as my family and I enjoyed it. We loved spending time outdoors as a family, and my children have passed the tradition onto their own families. Sharing my love of nature with my family is one way to ensure I have contributed to making a better future, but I wanted to do more to participate in maintaining SE Idaho’s quality of life. While I don’t have the ability to give large sums of cash, I was able to include the Land Trust in my estate plan. I am pleased to know that my gift will protect our environment. I want people to know that it doesn’t matter if you can give a lot; it matters that you can give something. If you feel moved to acknowledge the extraordinary place we live with an estate gift to the Land Trust, and feel as strongly as Priscilla feels about the Land Trust’s work to maintain sense of place, think about having your attorney add language to your will or trust like this: I give the Sagebrush Steppe Regional Land Trust, an Idaho nonprofit corporation, having its office at 123 N Main, Pocatello, ID 83204, the sum of $______ (or, alternatively ___ percent of the residue of my estate) for its general purposes. Estate gifts can reduce your income taxes, reduce or eliminate capital gain taxes, reduce your gift or estate tax, provide income to you and your loved ones, and help support our efforts to protect our area’s most important treasures. Consult your tax advisor. Leave a legacy that helps ensure your children and grandchildren can experience what makes Southeast Idaho such a special place to live, work, and play. And, if you do decide to include the Land Trust in your estate plan, please let us know so we may thank you in your lifetime.
Membership & Annual Giving Program
You, like many of your friends and neighbors, are aware of the loss of open space, natural areas, critical wildlife habitat and productive farms and ranches across Southeastern Idaho. The Land Trust can help, but to keep up with the increasing demand for Land Trust services, we need to maintain and expand our capacity. Supporting the Land Trust is great bang for your buck, and we make the most of every penny! Over the past 5 years, the conservation transactions facilitated by the land Trust totaled over $4.4 million! Program, administrative and fundraising costs reached $310,000. This means ever dollar contributed leveraged $14 in conservation on the ground! The Land Trust has grown a lot in the last few years, and much of the progress we’ve had is thanks to the generous donations of individuals and local businesses. Since 2008, we’ve come to you for support twice per year; during the summer membership drive and at the end of the year. You have responded generously, both in the number of gifts and the amount of those gifts increasing each year. The Summer Membership Campaign that runs from May - August supports our operations - it keeps the lights on, our computers running, and the phone lines open. The Year-end Campaign that runs from October to December supports program development - this year, we are focused on sustaining our second staff member throughout 2012. This support has helped us grow, and increased our capacity and ability to accomplish our conservation goals. Through a generous matching challenge by a Land Trust member, your year-end gift can go further. The one-to-one match applys to any additional donation current members make this year, or toward any increase in a members’ 2010 annual contribution. If it is your first time donationg to the Land Trust, your entire donation will be matched! Thanks for your support!
PO Box 1404, Pocatello ID 83204
sagebr ush steppe
NON-PROFIT ORg U.S. POSTAgE PAID PERMIT NO. 51 POcATEllO, ID
Acres Permanently Protected With Your Support: 1,940
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