200 acres of land near Bear Lake donated to regional trust

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) – An eastern Idaho landowner has donated 200 acres of property in the Bear Lake Valley to an organization that works to save wild lands.Sagebrush Steppe Regional Land Trust Director Joselin Matkins told the Idaho State Journal that the donated winter range land is on Thunder Ridge, outside the small town of Paris, Idaho.Matkins said her organization has protected 2,140 acres since it was incorporated in 2004. Of that land, 800 are owned by the trust. Matkins said the group aims to ensure farmers and ranchers are able to stay in business and continue their livelihood, and that members work with other groups such as the local Audubon to remove weeds and revitalize lands.

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