LOGAN — <a href=”http://bearriverlandconservancy.org/”>Bear River Land Conservancy</a> (BRLC) is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 2011 to hold and defend conservation easements on just under 500 acres of land in Cache, Rich and Box Elder Counties. The organization focuses on four primary areas of interest—working farms and ranches; land near rivers and streams; private lands and trails; and natural habitat areas for birds, plants and fish.
Headquartered in Logan, the BRLC is part of the <a href=”https://www.landtrustalliance.org/”>Land Trust Alliance</a>. The organization is growing and has recently hired its first professional executive director, Trevor Irish. Having worked with the BRLC in other capacities since January 2016, Irish introduced himself to the Cache County Council as the organization’s new leader on Tuesday.
Irish reminded council members that the county has always been supportive of conserving and enhancing private lands for working farms and ranches, along with wildlife habitat and watershed. Despite a depressed economy, Irish said a surprising 42 percent of voters supported a measure to preserve critical lands in 2008. Proposition 1 would have raised property taxes to provide ten million dollars to protect open space and agriculturally important land. When the proposal failed, local lawmakers worried that it may take some time for the issue to resurface. Irish expressed his support for taking another look.
“That’s the most recent research I know of having been done, was 2008,” Irish said. “We would like to do more, and we would especially like to do more talking about these partnerships that have worked elsewhere so well. As I’ve talked to [leaders of other organizations], we believe that we are not opposing forces, that we are part of a team and that we want to cooperate more.”
The Bear River Land Conservancy is focusing its current efforts on projects to preserve land and open space in Nibley, Providence and Richmond, along with important stream, habitat and open space near Garden City. Prior to being hired as its executive director, Irish worked as the BRLC’s director of community engagement. More information about the BRLC is available at <a href=”http://bearriverlandconservancy.org” target=”_blank”>http://bearriverlandconservancy.org</a>.