| Why It Is A Conservation Priority
Riparian and floodplain areas, covering 290 acres of the 360-acre property, are a primary natural habitat. As landowner Phyllis Ching says, the most unique aspect of the property is the Big Lost River itself. Stands of black cottonwoods, willow thickets, and native grasses comprise its typical cottonwood gallery forest; sagebrush steppe covers the remainder of the property. The habitat on the property hosts a variety of permanent and migratory wildlife. The Old Chilly property offers food and shelter for mule deer; migration corridors and critical winter range are adjacent to the property. Pronghorn antelope find winter range here as well.
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The property has the potential to support important wildlife, as identified by Idaho Fish and Game, such as gray wolves and pygmy rabbits, and peregrine falcons are noted by IDFG to be within or near the Old Chilly Property.
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