Idaho Working Landsupdated: July 2015


Family farms, ranches and private forests are an important part of Idaho’s history and rural lifestyle. Early homesteaders of the region provided food and fiber for the state’s first settlements. Today, private landowners continue their contribution to the state’s economy, the rural character of communities, and the stewardship of streams and wildlife habitat.
The amenities of the Gem State attract new residents every year. Idaho’s population growth ranks as the 4th highest in the nation (Census 2000). Housing the new neighbors competes with the existing rural land uses. In 2005, a group formed to study the conversion of working lands. Ranchers, farmers, forest owners, conservationists and sportsmen formed a partnership - The Idaho Working Lands Coalition. The partners work to reserve a place in Idaho’s future landscape for farms, ranches, and private forests while accommodating additional growth.

Our Web site is a resource for interested stakeholders that want to ensure a place for working lands in Idaho’s future landscape. You are invited to use the resources provided by the Coalition:

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Project Updates for Working Lands

Report Highlights Ranchers Restoring Habitat for Sage Grouse

The Sand County Foundation released a report showcasing the dedication of private landowners in conserving this at-risk species that is currently being considered for listing under the Endangered Species Act.

Colorado Seeks Federal Approval Of Sage Grouse Plan

Colorado is asking the federal government to approve a key part of the state's effort to protect the greater sage grouse, a "habitat exchange" that would let oil companies and others offset damage to the bird's habitat by financing improvements elsewhere.

USDA Unveils Three-Year Conservation Strategy for Lesser Prairie-Chicken

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the release of a three-year conservation strategy that will guide the voluntary restoration of 500,000 acres of habitat for the lesser prairie-chicken.

Restoration efforts for sage grouse habitat shown to benefit at-risk songbirds

Restoring habitat for sage grouse also helps many other sagebrush-dependent species, including two at-risk songbirds, according to a new report released by the Sage Grouse Initiative.

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