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CELEBRATING 30 YEARS

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connecting

wild spaces +

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Who We Are

Since 1994, the Land Trust has been a growing and dynamic presence in the Wood River Valley, preserving and protecting the Big Wood River, its tributaries, and the treasured landscapes of central Idaho.  Working with a visionary community, we have preserved nearly 27,000 acres, created 16 open preserves and 41 conservation easements.  Together, we have celebrated places like the Hailey Greenway, Boxcar Bend, and Howard Preserve, where people can experience healthy activity, pristine waters and a sense of wonder.  With local families, we have protected thousands of acres of working lands that conserve critical habitat for wildlife, preserve scenic views of our Valley, and contribute to our agricultural economy.   Private landowners and public partners have joined us as we restored miles of river frontage and wetlands.  Our preservation and restoration successes have protected many important open spaces that have made our Valley an incredible place to live, work, and play.

Today, the Land Trust is turning the challenges of increasing Valley growth into bold opportunities for community investment and engagement in a comprehensive vision for preserving the Wood River Valley.

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OUR MISSION

To protect and sustain the treasured landscapes and life-giving waters of the Wood River Valley and inspire love for this special place for generations to come.

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OUR VISION

Retain the brilliance of the Wood River Valley by catalyzing and executing lasting acquisitions and programs that secure and nurture critical land, water and wildlife habitat in perpetuity.

  • Secure and protect the iconic lands we all love.

  • Sustain the life-giving river we call the Big Wood.

  • Enable a community movement and stewardship for lasting impact.

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OUR VALUES

  • We conduct our work with integrity in words and actions, following through on our commitments and respecting the teamwork and diversity each person brings.

  • We seek solutions, are proactive and entrepreneurial while looking for opportunities in every challenge we face.

  • We are learners, committed to continual improvement and excellence while being open to new ways of thinking and approaches to our work.

  • We are intrinsically linked to the land, to the community, and to each other, recognizing our interconnectedness which makes us look to natural systems for solutions to problems.

  • We organize to make a lasting difference so that the Land Trust is everlasting and our work to create partnerships and win-win scenarios will make it so.

OUR PRESERVES & PROPERTIES

DOWNLOAD A GUIDE AND TRAIL MAP TO THE PRESERVES

Upcoming Events

  • Community Planning: Managing Growth for Conservation
    Community Planning: Managing Growth for Conservation
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, Jul 30
    Zoom
    Jul 30, 2024, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
    Zoom
    Jul 30, 2024, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
    Zoom
    Join the Land Trust for a conversation about the NEW Community Planning program. Program director, Cece Osborn, will explain the connections between conservation, sustainable growth, and quality of life in the valley. The Zoom link for this event will be sent out to guests the day before the event.
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  • Community Planning:  Managing Growth for Conservation
    Community Planning:  Managing Growth for Conservation
    Tue, Aug 06
    Webinar
    Aug 06, 2024, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
    Webinar
    Aug 06, 2024, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
    Webinar
    Join the Land Trust for a conversation about the NEW Community Planning program. Program director, Cece Osborn, will explain the connections between conservation, sustainable growth, and quality of life in the valley. The Zoom link for this event will be sent out to guests the day before the event.
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  • Community Planning: Managing Growth for Conservation
    Community Planning: Managing Growth for Conservation
    Tue, Aug 13
    Webinar
    Aug 13, 2024, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
    Webinar
    Aug 13, 2024, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
    Webinar
    Join the Land Trust for a conversation about the NEW Community Planning program. Program director, Cece Osborn, will explain the connections between conservation, sustainable growth, and quality of life in the valley. The Zoom link for this event will be sent out to guests the day before the event.
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  • Big Wood River Clean Up
    Big Wood River Clean Up
    Sat, Sep 21
    Big Wood River
    Sep 21, 2024, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Big Wood River, Big Wood River, Idaho, USA
    Sep 21, 2024, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Big Wood River, Big Wood River, Idaho, USA
    Join the Wood River Land Trust in their commitment to environmental stewardship at the Big Wood River Clean Up Event, happening Saturday, September 21, 2024
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  • Howard Preserve Anniversary Picnic
    Howard Preserve Anniversary Picnic
    Sat, Sep 21
    Bellevue
    Sep 21, 2024, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Bellevue, 811 Riverside Dr, Bellevue, ID 83313, USA
    Sep 21, 2024, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Bellevue, 811 Riverside Dr, Bellevue, ID 83313, USA
    Celebrate the legacy of conservation at the Howard Preserve Anniversary Picnic open to the public. This event will be held at the home of Mike and Mary Howard and co-hosted by theWood River Land Trust, Friends of the Howard Preserve and the City of Bellevue on September 21, 2024 from 3:00 - 6:00 PM.
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  • Think Globally, Act Locally Speaker Series 2025
    Think Globally, Act Locally Speaker Series 2025
    Jan, Feb, Mar 2025 - Date and Time is TBD
    Community Library
    Jan, Feb, Mar 2025 - Date and Time is TBD
    Community Library, 415 Spruce Ave, Sun Valley, ID 83353, USA
    Jan, Feb, Mar 2025 - Date and Time is TBD
    Community Library, 415 Spruce Ave, Sun Valley, ID 83353, USA
    Embark on a journey of environmental awareness and community action with the Think Globally, Act Locally Speaker Series, presented by the Wood River Land Trust in partnership with the Community Library.
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BECOME A MEMBER

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Join Us to Preserve and Protect

Our members make up an incredible community of people who care deeply about protecting the wild spaces and happy places that make our Valley so special. As a member of the Land Trust, you'll protect critical land, keep trails open, restore our river and streams, help students enjoy the wonders of nature, and make sure these iconic landscapes are open for everyone to enjoy.

Become a member today, and make a difference right here in your community

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