Many of the Land Trust’s preserves, including Box Car Bend, Draper Wood River Preserve and Howard Preserve, are open to the public for fishing, hiking, bird and wildlife watching, and other outdoor and educational activities.

Blue Grouse Preserve 
Acres Protected: 17.5 
Date Acquired: 2006 
Public Benefits: Wildlife Habitat

Scenic Views Located off Ohio Gulch Road, Blue Grouse Preserve is an example of balancing development with open space. In 2006, the developers of a nearby subdivision donated the property to Wood River Land Trust for permanent protection. Blue Grouse Preserve provides a beautiful backdrop for the community and provides winter habitat for elk and mule deer. A few lynx and wolverines have been spotted in the area.
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Boxcar Bend Preserve
Acres Protected:  7
Date Acquired:  1996
Public Benefits:  Public Recreation, Water Protection, Scenic Views, Angling
C.2.a.2 Boxcar Bend page photo (c)Nils RibiLocated along Highway 75 just north of East Fork, Boxcar Bend Preserve got its name from the boxcars placed in the Big Wood River in 1952 by Union Pacific Railroad. The purpose was to prevent the accelerated erosion that was threatening the ground beneath the railroad tracks, but the attempt ultimately failed. Decades later, the community and various stakeholders came together to restore this section of river. Now this beautiful respite has become one of the most popular fishing access points in the Wood River Valley. Thanks to the Land Trust’s continued restoration efforts and management, Boxcar Bend Preserve is  safely enjoyed by hikers, bicyclists, and fishing and wildlife enthusiasts.
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Church Farm Preserve
Acres Protected:  131
Date Acquired:  2006
Public Benefits:  Public Recreation, Water Protection, Scenic Views
Church Farm Preserve is the gift that keeps on giving. Originally donated by Joyce Pearson, Wood River Land Trust leveraged her gift and extended the impact of her generosity. For several years, the Land Trust has leased the agricultural portions of the property to a local rancher, and used the money from the lease to cover stewardship and maintenance expenses for the property. Additionally, the Land Trust worked with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to establish a Wetlands Reserve Program conservation easement on the wetland areas, thereby protecting those resources. The funds received from that easement have also been designated to care for this special place in perpetuity.
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Cow Catcher Ridge Preserve
Acres Protected: 672
Date Acquired: 2006
Public Benefits: Public Recreation, Scenic Views
Providing a stunning backdrop to Bellevue, Cow Catcher Ridge Preserve buffers development along Highway 75 from the vast expanse of BLM to the east.  The scenic ridge is dominated by rock outcroppings and sagebrush-steppe communities, including several varieties of sagebrush and various native grasses.  This setting provides excellent habitat for many species of songbirds, game birds, deer, and elk, and incredible views of the Wood River Valley for those who make the effort to venture to the top. 
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Draper Wood River Preserve
Acres Protected: 124
Dates Acquired: 2001, 2002 & 2007
Public Benefits:  Public Recreation, Water Protection, Scenic Views
The Draper Wood River Preserve came together over six years and through three acquisitions, and has become a 124-acre property that protects half a mile of the Big Wood River. This public treasure demonstrates the value of community conservation through its continued use as a place that supports public enjoyment and interaction within a natural setting. The Preserve is continually utilized for educational outings and research opportunities, and is a favorite spot for people to walk or bring their pets. Even with all of those activities happening, you are still likely to observe many species of wildlife, including moose, beavers, bears, and over a hundred species of birds.
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East Fork Preserve
Acres Protected: 7.5
Date Acquired: 2013
Public Benefits:   Scenic Views, Open Space
Having been involved in the protection of the property for over a decade, Wood River Land Trust accepted ownership of the East Fork Preserve from the East Fork Homeowners Association in 2013.  Originally protected in 2002 through a Scenic Easement made possible by Idaho Department of Transportation, the East Fork Preserve protects the rural view that motorists and cyclists enjoy as they travel along the Sawtooth Scenic Byway. The sagebrush-dominated landscape dotted with bunchgrass and scattered trees was at one time explored as a site for high density housing, but will now be permanently preserved as wildlife habitat in close proximity to the Big Wood River.
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Howard Preserve
Acres Protected: 14
Date Acquired: 2004-2012
Public Benefits: Public Recreation, Water Protection, Scenic Views
Through a partnership with the Howard family, the City of Bellevue, and the Friends of the Howard Preserve, Wood River Land Trust protected 12.5 acres of Big Wood River floodplain in very close proximity to the City of Bellevue. The Howard family had owned the property since 1972, and with the desire to protect the property for the long-term as their focus, the partners worked together to secure grant funding and a conservation easement, which now protects the property in perpetuity.
Opportunities to increase the size of an urban preserve are rare, so the Land Trust was pleased to have the chance to do so in 2012 with a 1.38-acre land acquisition at the southern end of the Preserve.  At just over an acre in size, the Preserve extension provides protection for additional Big Wood River floodplain.
The Howard Preserve continues to be a place that blends wildlife values, safe public access to the Big Wood River, and opportunities for education and community involvement with the land.
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Independence Creek Preserve
Acres Protected:  15
Date Acquired:  2000
Public Benefits:  Public Recreation, Water Protection, Scenic Views
C.2.a.8 Independence Creek page photo 1The Independence Creek Preserve provides public access to Bureau of Land Management land via a ridgeline trail, while also buffering public lands from the adjacent Independence Creek subdivision.  With upland slopes and a free flowing creek, mixed habitat is provided for a variety of plant and wildlife species. 
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Lake Creek Preserve
Acres Protected:  16
Dates Acquired:  1996, 2000 & 2002
Public Benefits:  Public Recreation, Water Protection, Scenic Views
Expanding over time, Lake Creek Preserve was gifted to Wood River Land Trust in three separate parts over a six-year span.  A unique property that contains wetlands, riparian area, and sagebrush-steppe, Lake Creek Preserve is managed for natural and scenic values, as well as public access to the adjacent Bureau of Land Management land to the north and east. Many species of upland birds, ungulates, and wildflowers are observed and enjoyed by various educational groups.
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Neher Preserve
Acres Protected:  9
Date Acquired:  2005
Public Benefits:  Water Protection, Scenic Views
Located along the Little Wood River east of Shoshone, the Neher Preserve protects important fish and wildlife habitat.  The Preserve was generously gifted to Wood River Land Trust in 2005 by Juanita Neher.  This continued a history of conservation initiated by her and her husband, Dr. Royal Neher, which began in 1993 when they entered into a cooperative management agreement on the property with Idaho Fish and Game, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Shoshone School District.
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Peach Creek Preserve
Acres Protected: 21.5
Date Acquired: 2003
Public Benefits:  Water Protection, Scenic Views
C.2.a.11 Peach Creek page photo 1Named after the creek that runs through this roadside preserve in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Peach Creek Preserve provides habitat for elk and mule deer, and protects scenic views along the Salmon River Canyon. In a stretch of the Sawtooth Scenic Byway which is known for incredible beauty, protecting this property prevents additional development that could alter the remote feel that visitors currently experience in this part of Idaho.
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Porcupine Creek Preserve
Acres Protected:  100
Date Acquired:  2009
Public Benefits:  Public Recreation, Water Protection, Scenic Views
Porcupine Creek Preserve is part of a Pioneer Mountains migration corridor used by elk and mule deer to travel between higher-elevation Forest Service lands and lower-elevation Bureau of Land Management and private properties. The Preserve’s habitat also supports beavers, black bears, migratory songbirds, moose, Wood River sculpin and several species of grouse. Protection of the property now provides connectivity with neighboring BLM lands, which have been designated as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern to protect sensitive wildlife resources.
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Trail Creek Preserve
Acres Protected:  0.4
Date Acquired:  2003
Public Benefits:  Water Protection, Scenic Views
Trail Creek Preserve protects riparian habitat along the namesake creek that flows through it.  In close proximity to Ketchum, the Preserve provides habitat for trout and several species of birds.  As a Wood River Land Trust preserve, activities that would alter or degrade the vegetation along this stretch of the creek are prohibited, thus helping to maintain natural qualities in an otherwise significantly altered section of the creek. Protection of properties such as this is paramount in the effort to keep the water clean and healthy for people, fish and wildlife.
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