Land Protected > Conservation Easement LandsNew Kelly Reservoir Conservation Easement Land!!
January, 2011: A generous donation of a conservation easement to Wood River Land Trust has been made by Dr. Ralph Campanale and protects 1620 acres encompassing ½ mile of Camas Creek within the Camas Prairie. The property is east of Fairfield and also contains Kelly Reservoir, which provides over 150 acres of wetland habitat for waterfowl. Dr. Campanale’s property is in the vicinity of other public lands, several voluntary conservation agreements, and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s Centennial Marsh Wildlife Management Area.
Dr. Campanale approached Wood River Land Trust two years ago to explore ways of permanently protecting his property. He says, “There are two reasons why I originally purchased the property: To preserve it from development by keeping it under single ownership, and to develop a relationship with this incredible piece of land as payback for all my years of outdoor recreation and enjoyment in nature.” Dr. Campanale’s property provides essential habitat to numerous species of waterfowl, migratory birds, sage grouse,and pronghorn.
Land Trust Stewardship Coordinator Keri York noted, “This conservation agreement is significant because it protects agricultural lands,open space, and large expanses of sagebrush and wetland habitat. There are few protected wetlands comparable in size to Kelly Reservoir within the Camas Prairie other than Centennial Marsh, and we are very excited to have worked with Dr. Campanale to achieve his conservation goals.” Maintaining large tracts of sagebrush-steppe habitat is important for migration of large game animals and nesting sage grouse. In addition, the conservation agreement protects 300 acres of working agricultural land from development.
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