Our preserves are public spaces where you can connect with the beauty of nature. Whether it’s by doing some fishing, going for a hike, or sitting and letting the landscape wash over you, we are proud to have protected the following treasured landscapes for generations to come. Some of our preserves have been strategically acquired as part of the Hailey Greenway which you can read more about by clicking here.
About: The 7-acre Boxcar Bend Preserve is located along 75 just north of East Fork. The Preserve got its name from the boxcars placed in the Big Wood River by the Union Pacific Railroad in 1952. This was a result of attempts to prevent the erosion along the riverbank that threatened the ground beneath the railroad tracks, but the attempt ultimately failed. Several decades later, the community and various stakeholders came together to restore this section of the river, and now this beautiful respite along the river has become one of the most popular fishing access points in the Valley.
Acquired: 2016 (Colorado Gulch Bench acquired in 2018)
About: Thanks to the support of our community, what originally started as a small conservation easement has now become one of the most celebrated protected areas along the Big Wood River, and serves as one of the most important components of the Hailey Greenway. In 2018, the Colorado Gulch Preserve was expanded by nine acres thanks to the generosity of a silent donor and big fan of the Land Trust. This preserve is well-regarded as a community treasure, and rightfully so. With a multi-use trail system, protected river corridor, habitat for wildlife, and multiple ongoing restoration projects, this area has plenty to offer everyone in the Valley.
Draper Wood River Preserve
Acquired: 2000, 2003, 2007
About: What began with a lot donation, and later expanded into the iconic 84-acre preserve along the Big Wood River in Hailey, the Draper Wood River Preserve is the most well-known and frequented of our preserves. This critical property forms the heart of the Hailey Greenway, and is regarded as an ideal haven for both wildlife and people. Whether you enjoy a picnic at the pavilion, catch a glimpse of moose, wet your line in the river, or visit the idyllic Bow Bridge – the Draper Wood River Preserve is easily your next favorite wild space.
Howard Preserve Expansion
About: What started with the initial acquisition of 7.4 acres, the Howard Preserve has expanded to over 35 acres over the years to solidify its reputation as a beloved place that provides public access to the Big Wood River, in addition to opportunities for education and community partnerships, including the Friends of the Howard Preserve and the City of Bellevue.
Acquired: 1996, 2000, 2002
Rinker Rock Creek Ranch
About: Acquired through the Rinker family’s generosity in 2013, Rinker Rock Creek Ranch is a valuable asset for the community, providing close-to-home recreation and important wildlife habitat. In 2019, the Ranch was transferred to the University of Idaho to become a center for research on the intersection of ranching, habitat protection and restoration, and recreation. The Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy serve on an Advisory Board with other industry and agency stakeholders to help guide management of the Ranch.
About: The most recent addition to the Hailey Greenway, the 118-acre Simons Bauer Preserve is an important wildlife and now recreation corridor and contains extensive wetlands including a 1-mile section of Croy Creek that feeds into the Big Wood River. This property also allows for the opportunity to reconnect the Big Wood River to its floodplain at Lions Park. Simons-Bauer has the capability to change how we deal with flooding downriver in a holistic way that is beneficial to habitat, the river, and our community.
About: Established in 2015 to protect salmon habitat, wetlands, and the scenic views of the stunning Sawtooth Valley, the 34-acre Valley Creek Preserve in Stanley is a perfect example of how our organization has worked to protect critical resources not just in the Wood River Valley – but throughout Central Idaho. A major tributary to the Salmon River, Valley Creek has historically provided spawning habitat for Chinook and sockeye salmon, steelhead, bull and westslope cutthroat trout, and other native fish species. The Preserve also provides a wild oasis for all residents, human and wild, as it meanders through downtown Stanley.
A conservation easement is a voluntary legal agreement between a landowner and a land trust or government agency that permanently limits uses of the land in order to protect its conservation values. Landowners retain many of their rights, including the right to own and use the land, sell it and pass it on to their heirs.
Easements: 1999 (Lot 9), 1998 (Lot 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8), 1999 (Lot 10, 13, 11, 12)
Three Mile Creek
Red Cliffs I & II
Easements: 2000 (II), 2004 (I)
Acres: 83.6 (II:6.9, I: 76.7)
Lower Broadford I & II
Easements: 2003 (I), 2006 (II)
Acres: 8 (I:1, II:7)
Barbara Farm I
Barbara Farm II
Lower Branch Ranch
Big Springs Creek
Timmerman Ranch I & II
Acres: 603 (I:325, II:278)