Hundreds of acres along the Bear River to be protected

The Bridgerland Audubon Society will be dedicating a 455-acre parcel of land along the Bear River as a conservation easement Friday, June 24th at Sugar Park in Almaga. The Audubon society became interested in the flood plains in the 1990’s but it was not until 2009 when the private land owner, PacifiCorp, and the society signed the conservation easement which ensures limited or no development on the land forever.Bryan Dixon, secretary of the Bridgerland Audubon Society, sees this as a huge success for everyone involved.”This easement is really dedicated to your children’s, children’s children,” Dixon says. “If we don’t do this when these systems are relatively in tact then that opportunity is lost forever. “If we hadn’t been able to do this conservation easement, we might have lost those oppurtunities.”The Bridgerland Audubon Society also announces the formation of the Bear River Land Conservancy, a new land trust organization “dedicated to conserve and enhance private lands for wildlife habitat, working farms and ranches, land and trails of recreational or historical significance, watersheds, and critical vistas, using conservation easements and sound management, to benefit the people of northern Utah, today and in perpetuity.”Friday’s dedication will begin with a continental breakfast at 9 a.m. followed by the dedication ceremony and guided walking tours of the easement property to unveil the new Bear River Land Conservancy founded by the non-profit Audobon Society.

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