Friday, October 5, 2012

Easement on Carey ranch closes

732 acres protected on Bar B Ranch


By KATHERINE WUTZ
Express Staff Writer

Blaine County contributed $140,000 towards a 732-acre conservation easement on the Bar B Ranch near Carey. Courtesy photo

A 732-acre conservation easement on the Bar B Ranch near Carey closed this week as a result of a $140,000 grant from the Blaine County Land, Water and Wildlife Fund.

The conservation easement process began last year, when ranch owners Jim and Susan Barton collaborated with The Nature Conservancy to apply for the easement from the county. The Nature Conservancy contributed $50,000 of the cost of the easement and will monitor and enforce it. The Farm and Ranch Protection Program of the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service provided $190,000 of the cost, bringing the total price to $380,000.

County funds came from the Land, Water and Wildlife Levy, a two-year, $3.4 million assessment that is part of county property taxes and is meant to preserve open land and farm space from development.

The Bartons retained the right to build a new single-family residence on the ranch within the existing farmstead area. However, the rest of the ranch will be preserved for agricultural use and conservation in perpetuity.


“Completing this project is a great example of what can be accomplished when people and organizations work together.”
Tom Page
Blaine County Land, Water and Wildlife Levy Advisory Board



Mark Davidson, spokesman for The Nature Conservancy, said during a county meeting in August that the ranch, which is mostly sagebrush steppe, is an important habitat for sage grouse and pronghorn antelope. Raptors, songbirds, elk and deer also have habitat on the ranch.

Clare Swanger, project coordinator for the levy, said in a press release that the ranch is in a “transition zone” between the Pioneer Mountains and Craters of the Moon National Monument. The land in this area is a complex pattern of private, state and federal property.

“Every key parcel of land conserved, of which the Bar B is one, contributes to the permeability of the landscape through which wildlife can travel,” she said.

Tom Page, chair of the Levy Advisory Board, called completing the project “a great example of what can be accomplished when people and organizations work together.”

“It took patience and determination from everyone involved,” he said.

The Bar B Ranch is the second project to receive county funds. The first was a 1,100-acre conservation easement on the Flat Top Ranch near Carey, owned by John and Diane Peavey. Blaine County contributed $200,000 toward the purchase of that conservation easement in December.


Kate Wutz: kwutz@mtexpress.com




About Comments

Comments with content that seeks to incite or inflame may be removed.

Comments that are in ALL CAPS may be removed.

Comments that are off-topic or that include profanity or personal attacks, libelous or other inappropriate material may be removed from the site. Entries that are unsigned or contain signatures by someone other than the actual author may be removed. We will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or any other policies governing this site. Use of this system denotes full acceptance of these conditions. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions. You are fully responsible for the content that you post.

The comments below are from the readers of mtexpress.com and in no way represent the views of Express Publishing, Inc.

You may flag individual comments. You may also report an inappropriate or offensive comment by clicking here.

Flagging Comments: Flagging a comment tells a site administrator that a comment is inappropriate. You can find the flag option by pointing the mouse over the comment and clicking the 'Flag' link.

Flagging a comment is only counted once per person, and you won't need to do it multiple times.

Proper Flagging Guidelines: Every site has a different commenting policy - be sure to review the policy for this site before flagging comments. In general these types of comments should be flagged:

  • Spam
  • Ones violating this site's commenting policy
  • Clearly unrelated
  • Personal attacks on others
Comments should not be flagged for:
  • Disagreeing with the content
  • Being in a dispute with the commenter

Popular Comment Threads



 Local Weather 
Search archives:


Copyright © 2014 Express Publishing Inc.   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy
All Rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of Express Publishing Inc. is prohibited. 

The Idaho Mountain Express is distributed free to residents and guests throughout the Sun Valley, Idaho resort area community. Subscribers to the Idaho Mountain Express will read these stories and others in this week's issue.