| Why It Is A Conservation Priority
The Kelly Reservoir Conservation Easement protects wetland and sagebrush-steppe habitat used by many species of migratory birds, waterfowl, and big game animals. Hundreds of sage-grouse have been sighted on the property, in addition to pronghorn and trumpeter swans. The property is in the vicinity of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game's Centennial Marsh Wildlife Management area, known for its large expanse of wetlands. These two properties are prominent protected lands within the Camas Prairie near Fairfield, ID.
The conservation easement also protects working agricultural lands on the property. Much of the rangeland is grazed, and cultivated crops include hay and barley. Dr. Ralph Campanale donated this conservation easement as a way to permanently preserve the nature of the property and its state in perpetuity.
Restoration & Improvement Goals:
The Natural Resources Conservation Service's Conservation Reserve Program assisted Dr. Campanale in constructing riparian fencing to limit cattle use on Camas, Ryan, and Olson Creeks. The program also installed pipelines and stockwatering structures. Fencing is constantly being maintained to provide pastures for grazing.