BLM finalizes conservation easement to give permanent access to part of the Salmon River

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho –The Bureau of Land Management, in partnership with the Lemhi Regional Land Trust, has finalized a 47-acre conservation easement with the Turner family near Salmon, Idaho.

The conservation easement retains undeveloped, open space along the Salmon River and creates permanent river access to a half-mile of riverbank on the west side of the river. The property comprises agriculture fields, wetlands, and riparian areas.

The Turner family conservation easement aligns with the America the Beautiful initiative, a decade-long challenge to pursue locally led and voluntary nationwide efforts to conserve, connect, and restore the lands, waters, and wildlife upon which we all depend.

“We are pleased to get this easement across the finish line,” said Linda Price, Field Manager for BLM’s Salmon Field Office. “The Turner family’s property remains in their family, while members of the public will be able to picnic, fish, and enjoy this scenic part of the Salmon River.”

Under the terms of the conservation easement, the Turner family will continue to use the property for ranching and agricultural purposes while protecting the ecological integrity of riverbank habitat and maintaining landscape connectivity.

This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. 

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