Wildlife Migration Area Conserved Near Yellowstone

An area critical to migrating wildlife has been conserved for future generations.

Henry's Lake, Idaho | November 01, 2017

An area critical to migrating big game, grizzly bears, pronghorn and other wildlife, has been conserved for future generations through a project of The Nature Conservancy in Idaho and the U.S. Forest Service. 

The project conserves 60 acres of the Duck Creek area on Henry’s Lake. The creek is one of four major tributaries to the Henrys Lake and provides very important spawning habitat for Yellowstone cutthroat trout, as well as important habitat for elk, deer and grizzly bear. The public will have non-motorized access to this piece of property and can camp in the sagebrush flat within 300 feet of the Red Rock road. This land will be added to the land base of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest and will be managed by the Ashton/Island Park Ranger District. 

District Ranger Liz Davey has been working with the Plesner’s on this project. “I am pleased to work with the landowners to preserve their family legacy and protect important wildlife habitat”. 

Working closely with long-time landowners, Rob and Ruth Plesner, the Forest Service recently purchased a parcel of land located within the Forest Service boundary. The Conservancy helped to facilitate the process. The Plesner’s wanted their property to remain undeveloped, open space into the future. Rob Plesner’s grandparents homesteaded in the Henry’s lake area and several family members still live along the Henrys Lake.  

Land Owner Rob Plesner, "My family has had a ranch near Henry's Lake in Idaho for over 80 years.  Over the generations it has been divided among the relatives.  We wanted to keep this parcel undeveloped since it is already bordered on two sides by the Forest Service, and there is currently no other development in the area.  We feel this is the best use of the land and preserves it for everyone."   

“This project conserves an incredibly beautiful and biologically rich area of Idaho,” said David Weskamp, the Conservancy’s East Idaho conservation manager. “We are grateful to the Plesner family and the U.S. Forest Service for their commitment and partnership.”

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