Upon seeing herds of elk, pronghorn and mule deer migrating across the Pioneer Mountains, some are inclined to compare this region of south central Idaho to the Serengeti.
The Pioneers may not have the name recognition of many Idaho natural features, which may not necessarily be a bad thing. But people need to know about places to protect them.
Here's what you should know about the Pioneers: This region is home to the world's longest pronghorn migration. It's a wildlife haven, home to elk and sage grouse, mountain goat and wolverine. And generational ranchers still live and work here.
The private ranches are the key to the continued existence of wildlife migrations and healthy habitat.
The Conservancy is pleased to be working with private landowners, conservation organizations and outdoor enthusiasts on the Pioneer Alliance, a coalition that seeks to protect private ranches and address other threats to the land including energy development and increased recreational pressure.
The Conservancy has recently protected 8414 acres of the Flat Top Sheep Company, owned by John Peavey and family, in the heart of the Pioneers.
We've also worked with Lava Lake Land & Livestock, protecting that ranch through a 7500-acre easement and working with the ranch on a grazing and conservation management plan.
With your support, we can continue protecting important ranches in the Pioneers--for nature and people.