Blaine County Land, Water and Wildlife Program

The Land, Water & Wildlife Program protects and restores agricultural lands, wildlife habitat and water quality that people care deeply about and that contribute so much to our quality of life. The Program partially funds projects proposed to us by conservation partners. We also initiate our own projects. The LWWP is made possible by the citizens of Blaine County who passed a two-year tax levy that raised $3.4 million.

The Land, Water and Wildlife Program (“Program” or “LWWP”) is made possible by the citizens of Blaine County, who approved a two-year levy (“Levy”) that raised over $3.3 million from a portion of property taxes. These funds are available and are helping to protect some of the County’s natural  resources, which greatly contribute to our quality of life.

Program Highlights

  • Participation by Program applicants is voluntary
  • Partnerships are welcomed
  • Acquisition projects (e.g., conservation easements or acquisition of a water right), restoration and 
  • other non-acquisition projects, and transferable development rights projects are eligible
  • Commitment to maximizing public benefits through matching funds
  • Lasting conservation value sought

Primary Conservation Goals (from BCC Resolution 2008-71)

  • Preserve working farms and ranches, agricultural lands, natural areas and important open spaces
  • Protect water quality, rivers and streams, riparian corridors, flood plains, wetlands and water 
  • rights
  • Protect and preserve wildlife, habitat, and transit and migration corridors
  • Preserve or enhance trail corridors
  • Provide public access to water bodies in the Big and Little Wood River watersheds
  • Transfer development rights from Sending Areas to Receiving Areas
  • Support public/private partnerships
  • Conserve, restore, or maintain and otherwise provide for proper stewardship of lands and waters.

The Program accepts applications for large and small projects that align with the goals of the Program, in keeping with priorities identified by the public. Landowners, nonprofits, municipalities, government agencies, Blaine County and other entities meeting the criteria of Section 170(h) of the Internal Revenue Code or equivalent may apply.

Application Process:
Short Pre-Applications are accepted any time and are reviewed promptly. They provide the opportunity to receive feedback on a proposed project without investing extensive time and resources. If a Pre-Application is approved, a Full Application is invited. Full Application deadlines are three times/year, listed on the web site (address below).

Levy Advisory Board:
The Land, Water and Wildlife Program requires a Levy Advisory Board (LAB), comprised of volunteer Blaine County residents. The LAB’s primary responsibility is to give its opinion as to the highest and best use of LWWP funds to achieve optimal conservation and public benefit.

Contact Blaine County Land, Water and Wildlife Program

Clare C. Swanger
Program Coordinator
219 1st Avenue South
Ste. 208
Hailey, Idaho  83333
Phone: (208) 788-5570
Fax: (208) 788-5576


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Blaine County, Idaho

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