Highlights from Our History
Added the 1620-acre Kelly Reservoir Conservation Easement to land protected
Completed the Croy Creek Wetlands Boardwalk
Began construction of pedestrian bridge over the Big Wood River in the Draper Wood River Preserve, abutments completed
2010 - 11,930 total acres protected
We gained national recognition for quality from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission
Closed on the 1609-acre Timbered Dome Ranch, our largest land acquisition ever
Began our Water Below Magic Dam project which will restore and enhance the tailwater trout fishery in the Big Wood River below Magic Reservoir.
Finished a significant section of the Croy Creek Wetlands Boardwalk
2009 - 10,319 total acres protected
Celebrated our 15th year of protecting the heart of the valley...now and for the future
Broke ground on the Croy Creek Wetlands Boardwalk
In March, we acquired the 100-acre Porcupine Creek Preserve
Completed restoration of the Anderson House
10th Anniversary of the Building Material Thrift Store
2008 - 10,219 total acres protected
Part of White Clouds Trails, the .09 mile Sellgren Trail easement above Ketchum was donated to make a critical connection in the system.
The Big Springs Creek easement in the Pahsimeroi Valley encompasses 160 acres of wildlife habitat and important riparian resources.
The Old Chilly conservation easement on a stretch of the Big Lost River protects 355 acres of riparian land and sagebrush steppe, providing wildlife habitat and winter range.
2007 - 9,343 total acres protected
Our largest conservation easement to date, the Antelope Valley agreement protects 2,667 acres of wildlife habitat in the Pioneer Mountains.
A second conservation easement protects and additional 138 acres of Barbara Farm for 534 total protected acres on this organic oasis near Shoshone.
The Colorado Gulch conservation easement protects 103 acres including 3/4 mile of Big Wood River frontage in Hailey.
The Simba Springs conservation easement protects 635 acres of pristine wildlife habitat in the Salmon River Canyon between Stanley and Challis.
2006 - 5,455 total acres protected
In the southwest corner of the Bellevue Triangle, 131-acre Church Farm preserve is home to sandhill cranes, ducks, and an array of songbirds
The 17-acre Blue Grouse preserve in the mid-Valley provides winter range for elk and acts as a buffer to separate wildlife habitat from nearby neighborhoods.
The 672-acre Cowcatcher preserve is adjacent to Slaughterhouse Canyon in Bellevue and extends north to Woodside in Hailey. Bordered by BLM land to the east and farmland to the west, Cowcatcher Ridge is designated as a mule deer migration corridor.
2005 - 4,628 total acres protected
Square Lake preserve is home to a sage grouse lek, or mating ground. During their mating rituals, male sage grouse spread their plumage, puff out their chests, and strut around to intimidate competing suitors and attract females.
The Bullion Bridge Restoration Project removed an unsafe bridge abutment to improve the river's health and create safer public access to this popular swimming hole in Hailey.
The Double Springs conservation easement protects 640 acres on a working ranch in the Pahsimeroi Valley in the foothills of Mt. Borah.
The Barbara Farm conservation easement just west of Shoshone protects 297 acres of irrigated farmland and 99 acres of riparian area along the Little Wood River on this family-owned organic farm.
2004 - 3,934 total acres protected
A partnership between Wood River Land Trust and the City of Bellevue creates the 12.5-acre Howard Preserve along the Big Wood River in Bellevue.
2003 - 3,844 total acres protected
Riverside Pond is created at the site of Hailey's former water treatment plant. Riverside Pond is a beautiful place for kids to fish and catch frogs and is a healthy home for birds and wildlife.
2002 - 3,349 total acres protected
Wood River Land Trust works with the City of Hailey, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to restore the riverbank at Lions Park.
2001 - 3,339 total acres protected
The Cedar Bend preserve is created along the Big Wood River in Hailey.
2000 - 3,336 total acres protected
Our first conservation easement in the Bellevue Triangle protects Picabo Ranch.
A community-wide partnership protects the Bluff Parcel in Elkhorn.
1999 - 2,391 total acres protected
The Chapman conservation easement is our first partnership in Blaine County and protects 26 acres along the Big Wood River in Hailey. This agreement gives birth to the Big Wood River Greenway Project.
The Philbin conservation easement is our first agreement protecting the Big Lost River.
1998 - 1,571 total acres protected
The Mays Creek conservation easement is our first on the Camas Prairie.
1997 - 504 total acres protected
Wood River Land Trust hires its first staff member - Executive Director, Scott Boettger.
1996 - 9 total acres protected
Our first parcel of land is protected to create the Lake Creek preserve
1995 - The Board of Directors elects its first president, Molly Goodyear.
1994 - Wood River Land Trust is incorporated as a non-profit organization.