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Discussions on Wildlife Managament and Conservation Easements

Brett Stevenson, Central Idaho Associate for the Idaho Conservation League, wrote a blog post on ICL’s website in response to an editorial in the Idaho Mountain Express. (Read IME’s article here)

Brett identifies that the newspaper took on a challenging task of “distinguishing between conservation easements and wildlife management issues” and further clarifies the difference between the two topics. We support the perspective in her blog post and encourage people to read it as well as the editorial. (Read the post Conservation Easements and Wildlife Management here)

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Pronghorn Migration Study featured in High Country News

The latest issue of High Country News features wildlife migration. One article describes the importance of private lands for sustaining pronghorn migration. This article mentions the pronghorn migration study conducted by the Lava Lake Institute, in partnership with the Pioneers Alliance.

To read the article click here.

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First levy project approved in Blaine County

The Blaine County Commissioners have approved the first levy project. The grant awarded will contribute to the protection of over 1,000 acres on Flat Top Ranch in Southern, Idaho and sustain a conservation easement that helps to protect an important corridor for pronghorn migration. The money was funded by the Blaine County Land, Water and Wildlife Levy. Read the full article in the Idaho Mt. Express: http://www.mtexpress.com/index2.php?ID=2005139865

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CERG featured in the Mt. Express

Last week the Idaho Mt. Express highlighted the effort of the Carey Economic Revitalization Group (CERG) to complete a pavilion aimed at providing travelers, cyclists, and the local community necessary facilities.

To read more on the collaborative process of building the pavilion and the works of CERG read the article Carey economic revitalization group formed: Boyd K. Stocking Pavilion nearing completion

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It Takes a Community to Raise a Pavilion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CAREY ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION GROUP IS CERG-ING AHEAD:
It Takes a Community to Raise a Pavilion

Contact: Vonnie Olsen, (208) 823-4330, vonols@frontier.com

Carey, Idaho – November 22, 2011

What does it take to make things happen in a little community like Carey, Idaho? “People support what they help create,” says dedicated community volunteer, Joe Dilworth.

In April 2011, community leaders in Carey began meeting regularly to discuss how they could speed the pace of the community’s economic recovery from the recession. Looking to spur growth and greater resilience in the future, they formed the Carey Economic Revitalization Group (CERG) to enhance the existing natural, economic and social resources, and to build up compatible, productive industries, businesses and events.

CERG is currently building a public pavilion with restrooms and showers on city land adjacent to the Blaine County fairgrounds and, building on generous donations of time and materials from the community, is soliciting contributions to raise the last $15,000 required to complete the project.

Over the summer, CERG identified the lack of public restrooms and showers in the city as a stumbling block to hosting events and attracting visitors to the area, a key component of economic revitalization for the area. The group proposed a public pavilion with these amenities. At the same time, the Little Wood River Irrigation District was looking to establish a memorial for Boyd Stocking who passed away last year. Boyd Stocking, a lifelong resident of Carey, was a long-time employee of the Little Wood River Irrigation District whose expertise continued to be sough after long after he had retired. The community and the District decided to pitch in together to build the pavilion. For Carey, it is a win-win.

The pavilion structure, located adjacent to the city park and the rodeo grounds just west of Highway 93, will serve the Carey community as well as travelers, recreationists, and RV users who visit or pass through the area. The 10×30 foot covered facility includes two restrooms and two showers (both ADA accessible).

The Little Wood Irrigation District generously contributed $30,000 toward materials. According to Jack Barton, Chairman of the Irrigation District, “The board and shareholders of the District agreed that this project would benefit the valley and be a fitting memorial to Boyd
Stocking. As a result, the majority of the District shareholders agreed to provide funding for materials. We are very pleased with the project and look forward to its completion.”

“The pavilion will be a welcome resource for many visitors who in the past have had to travel as much as 60 miles to find public showers and restrooms,” says Vonnie Olsen, who is spearheading CERG efforts and also serves on the Carey city council.

The project has also helped pull the community together. So far, community members have contributed more than 500 hours of volunteer time to the project. Numerous merchants also have offered discounts on supplies.

“I think it is amazing to live in a community like this where we can all work efficiently toward the same goal,” says Dilworth. “I am honored to be part of this project.”
During the last year, CERG has been busy on a number of projects. These include commissioning a report on economic recovery ideas for Carey, beautifying Carey’s Main Street with trees and flowers, and hosting a Spring clean up day. The group is also looking to establish Carey as a gateway community to the area’s public lands.

“It is so gratifying to see neighbors working with each other to make this a better place to live, especially for younger families who are our future,” says Olsen.

CERG is not working alone. The group also is working with the Pioneers Alliance, a coalition of landowners, conservationists, and state and federal agencies working to conserve working farms and ranches, natural areas and wildlife of the Pioneer Mountains and Craters of the Moon region. Joint projects of CERG and the Pioneers Alliance have included sponsoring an annual 40-mile mountain bike tour in the Pioneer Mountains, developing ideas for economic development projects, producing a recreation map for the region and developing partnerships with state and federal agencies.

According to Mike Stevens, coordinator of the Pioneers Alliance, “We are thrilled to be working with people in Carey and surrounding landowners to create new economic opportunities while also protecting the natural and cultural values of the area.”

With the Boyd K. Stocking Pavilion nearing completion, the community is in the last push to raise a final $15,000 to complete the project and is soliciting support from the communities of Carey and Blaine County.

CERG and the City of Carey have created a fund specifically for this project. All donations are 100% tax deductible. If you would like to contribute to this effort, make checks payable to the City of Carey and send them to: City of Carey, 20482 Main Street, Carey, ID 83320.

For more information call or email Vonnie Olsen at (208) 823-4330, vonols@frontier.com.

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Comment on the local sage grouse conservation plan

The Magic Valley Sage-grouse Local Working Group is seeking comments on their draft conservation plan.  Follow this link for more information:  http://magicvalley.com/lifestyles/sage-grouse-group-seeks-public-comment/article_14d5278e-9a37-5a08-9a9f-16b83dc7b9a9.html  The deadline for comments is Friday, September 16, 2011.

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In the News

In today’s Idaho Mountain Express there is an article written by Katherine Wutz about the flight Pioneer Alliance recently took with commissioners.

Read the article: Flying high for conservation

Please note, the article incorrectly states that conservation easements are held by the Lava Lake Institute. The Lava Lake Institute doesn’t hold conservation easements. The article should have said that the easements are held by the Natural Resources Conservation Service and The Nature Conservancy.

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