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summer 2008 A sunny day at Colorado Gulch near Hailey


hanks to two generous families, a voluntary conservation agreement now protects 103 acres in the popular hiking, biking, and fishing area of Colorado Gulch, just south of Hailey’s city limits. The generous donation made by the landowners, Grant, Sheri, and Cat Stevens, and Jeff Pfaeffle and his family, permanently protects approximately ¾ mile of riverfront on the west side of the Big Wood River accross from the City of Hailey’s Heagle Park. Located near the Draper Wood River Preserve, this conservation agreement adds

to a growing corridor of protected land along the Big Wood River in and near Hailey and includes healthy riparian areas along the River and a native cottonwood forest. The upland areas are part of a large migration corridor for mule deer and provide winter habitat for elk. Two years ago, Wood River Land Trust’s Healthy Waters Healthy Future project identified the area near Colorado Gulch as a high priority for protection of the River and its fish. Protecting this area will preserve the natural functions of the Continued on page 10

A publication of Wood River Land Trust www.woodriverlandtrust.org info@woodriverlandtrust.org

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Colorado Gulch: Protecting the River and Recreational Access

Cougars are sometimes seen in Colorado Gulch

Protecting the heart of the valley...now and for the future.

who we are Letter from the Board President, Clark Gerhardt

Notes on the Neighborhood: Anderson House


lans for the remodel of our staff housing next door on Second Avenue are nearly complete, and we will soon go to the City of Hailey for design review. Eddy Svidgal Architects AIA created an exterior design for us that the Hailey Historic Preservation Committee would call “Hailey Historic”—one that is in keeping with this old Hailey neighborhood.

Clark Gerhardt in his Wood River land Trust hat in Peru


his newsletter marks the end of my term as President of Wood River Land Trust’s Board of Directors. I want to thank my fellow Directors and our terrific staff for their commitment to Wood River Land Trust’s mission. We have raised the amount of protected lands to approximately 10,000 acres of unique open space and wildlife habitat. Often, we are protecting traditional farm and ranchland from development pressure or riverfront lands for public access. While our “bread and butter” activity is to enter into conservation agreements with private landowners, we are increasingly working on complex, multi-year projects involving local, state, and federal agencies. Examples include the Draper Wood River Preserve and our upcoming Croy Creek Restoration Project. Continued on page 10

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Draft of front elevation concept

The plans call for the front room to be extended on the east side, providing an opportunity to use the full basement. That will give us a total of 3 bedrooms for staff, to provide housing for interns year-round. We are researching green building options and will work with the Building Material Thrift Store to use recycled materials. Landscaping will be drought tolerant to minimize water usage. If you can donate materials, time, or services to this effort, we would love to hear from you. Our thanks to Eddy Svidgal and crew for donating their time and creative efforts to this project. In honor of Lyn and David Anderson’s generosity, we are naming the new home Anderson House.

Native plants are drought tolerant, hardy, and beautiful

Meet our Board

Meet our New Staff

Trent Jones

Keri York, Stewardship Coordinator



atives of the southeast, Trent and his wife, Cecile, moved to the Wood River Valley in 1994. After spending his first summer in Idaho working at Silver Creek Outfitters, Trent took a position with the Idaho Nature Conservancy (TNC) that fall where he spent the next 8 years involved with conservation real estate activities around the state. Trent also served as TNC’s field representative for central Idaho where he worked with local communities and landowners to preserve working ranchlands and resolve natural resource conflicts. With these experiences as background, Trent left TNC in 2003 and joined Hall and Hall Ranch Brokers, a rural property brokerage firm founded in 1946 and based in Billings, Montana. Hall and Hall emphasizes preserving the Western landscape and working with conservation-minded buyers. Trent’s business takes him across a wide territory and involves travel to British Columbia and South America’s Patagonia region. Continued on page 10

eri is a Wood River Valley native and is happy to be home after living away for 10 years. Having a degree in Marine Biology, many people ask what she is doing in Idaho. She has lived all over the country and has had studied several marine ecosystems, including Caribbean coral reefs and West Coast rocky banks. She has had the unique opportunities of diving 300 feet underwater in a submersible and collecting deep-sea fish from commercial fishing boats for her master’s degree. After a few years working as a fishery biologist at sea she missed the Rocky Mountains and being on land. Last summer, Keri worked as the Silver Creek Preserve Assistant Manager and spent most of her time doing hands-on land management,

monitoring projects, and interacting with visitors. She learned a great deal about the Silver Creek and Big Wood River watershed and its ecology. After this experience, she decided to continue working in land conservation. Keri is excited to once again have the outdoor opportunities that this Valley offers. Her primary interests include hiking, biking, camping, and snowboarding. She is also part of the ballroom dance community in the Valley, and you can sometimes find her serving fries at the Wicked Spud. An aspiring world traveler, she has just returned from six weeks of hiking and working on farms in New Zealand. We are excited to have Keri on board to help us care for our protected lands.

Keri York horseback riding in the Salmon River Mountains


connecting Join us this summer at one of our many events at Wood River Land Trust preserves. Wild Mushroom Walk


Wednesday, May 28, 5:30 p.m. Kathy Richmond of the Southern Idaho Mycological Society will lead an educational quest for wild mushrooms including the delectable morel at our Draper Wood River Preserve. Where: Draper Wood River Preserve, Cedar Street entrance, Hailey

Wildflower Hike


Tuesday, June 3, 5:30 p.m. Local botanist Carol Blackburn will lead a hike along Lake Creek Preserve to teach us more about the wildflowers in this beautiful area north of Ketchum. Where: Lake Creek Preserve, north of Ketchum. Park at the Lake Creek Trailhead on the west side of Hwy 75.


Fish Tales

Wednesday, August 6 Share your stories about the Big Wood River at a storytelling event along its banks. Where: Draper Wood River Preserve, Hailey

September Howard Preserve Community Picnic Saturday, September 13, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Help us celebrate you—the community members that make our work possible. Please bring a potluck dessert. Where: Howard Preserve, Bellevue


Sun Valley Food & Wine Festival Friday - Sunday, June 6 - 8 See our ad at right.

Howard Preserve Work Day

Saturday, June 14, 10 a.m. Help the Friends of Howard Preserve and Wood River Land Trust manage the weeds at Howard Preserve, and learn more about the area’s noxious weeds and how to get rid of them. Where: Howard Preserve, Bellevue

Draper Wood River Preserve Work Day

Tuesday, June 17, 4:00 p.m. Please join The Friends of Cedar Bend in sprucing up our Draper Wood River Preserve for summer. Refreshments will be provided. Where: Draper Wood River Preserve, Cedar Street entrance, Hailey For more information about our summer events, please contact Morgan Buckert at 788-3947 or mbuckert@woodriverlandtrust.org.

to the land Idaho’s Free Fishing Day is Saturday, June 7th!


e hope you will take the day to visit your favorite pond or fishing hole and celebrate the great outdoors.


Wood River Land Trust


with locally-raised, organic Lava Lake Lamb at Riccabona’s Vintner Dinner

Vintner Dinner tickets $150

For reservations call Riccabona’s 726-1166. For Festival tickets: www.sunvalleyfoodandwinefestival.com

Stonefly Larva

Protect the River and Save on Water Costs this Summer!


his summer, we are continuing our Trout Friendly Lawn program to promote yard care practices that minimize adverse effects on our water and fish. Choices about backyard plantings, lawn irrigation, and fertilizers all affect the health of the aquifer and the Big Wood River. During our hot desert summers, heavy lawn irrigation impacts the amount of water in the river. Chemicals and fertilizers can also enter the aquifer and have negative effects on fish. Changing your lawn care practices to keep our River healthy, protect fish, and keep our water clean will make your yard “greener” whether you have a lawn, a xeriscape yard, or something in between. If your water is metered, a Trout Friendly Lawn can save you money on your water bill, but in any yard it can result in better looking plants and lower long-term costs to maintain your plantings. Trout Friendly steps include: n

Conducting an irrigation inspection in your yard


Upgrading irrigation systems to improve efficiency


Using organic fertilizers


Planting native or drought tolerant plants.

Contact Kathryn Goldman at 788-3947 to certify your lawn Trout Friendly this summer.

Wood River Land Trust’s participation in the Sun Valley Wine & Food Festival is sponsored by Maple Indian Ocean Resources


thank you. . . for Thank you to the following donors who generously contributed to Wood River Land Trust between March 1, 2007 and February 29, 2008. $50,000 and Above Anonymous (4) Robert Antonioli Charitable Unitrust Draper Family Foundation John and Elaine French Family Foundation $25,000 - $49,999 Building Material Thrift Store Disbrow Developments Sarah and Michael Mars Osberg Family Trust/John and Gloria Osberg Macauley & Helen Dow Whiting Foundation $10,000 - $24,999 Anonymous (2) Richard C. Barker Croul Family Foundation/Kingsley and John Croul Susan and Edward Cutter Clark and Maria Gerhardt Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Guest/The SYZYGY Foundation Harry and Shirley Hagey/ HRH Foundation Marie and Jack Kueneman Jeanne and Bill Landreth The Lightfoot Foundation Jon Manetta and Kathryn McQuade Bill and Sally Neukom Kathy and David Richmond SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Conservation Fund Silver Creek Outfitters/Terry Ring Steve and Diana Strandberg Joan and Tom Swift The Lennox Foundation Thrasher Koffey Foundation Doris Tunney Gerald and Maryanne Whitcomb $5,000 - $9,999 Lyn and David Anderson James Deering Danielson Foundation Ron and Beth Dozoretz/The


Dozoretz Family Foundation The Ellison Foundation Tracy and Tim Flaherty Bing and Debra Gordon Leslie and Jack Hanks George and Leslie Hume Roy A. Hunt Foundation/Dan & Jodie Hunt Elizabeth and Scott Lucas Anita and Mike McCann Lisa and Wilson McElhinny James O. Moore Patsy and Mark Nickum Rebecca Patton and R. Thomas Goodrich David Perkins and Nancy Mackinnon E & H Humbly Bumbly Foundation Harry and Diane Rinker Foundation Lois Rosen Elizabeth and John Stevenson Pepper Walker Ward and Priscilla Woods/The Woods Foundation $2,500 - $4,999 Anonymous Rick Koffey & Babcock & Brown LP, San Francisco Bank of America Foundation Audrey and Gerald Bashaw Kevin Coyne Alan M. Dachs/The Fremont Group Foundation Peggy and Millard Drexler Hare Family Foundation Carol and Len Harlig Lana and David Latchford Ed and Julie Lawson Camille McCray Esther and Michael Ochsman Tom and Michael Page/The Page Foundation Tsunami Foundation - Anson M. & Debra W. Beard, Jr. and Family Lynn and Frank Whittelsey

$1,000 - $2,499 Lenny Barshack and Erin Smith Brett and Trish Bashaw Steve and Jill Beck Victor Bernstein and Gail Landis Courtni and Charlie Billow Erik and Wendel Boe Stoney Burke Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation Richard Carr and Jeanne Meyers Jay Cassell and Gay Weake Bonni and Peter Curran/Reco Foundation Wendy and Jim Daverman Peter and Pat Dinkelspiel Ann Down Mary Bachman and William Downing Linda and Bob Edwards Kevin and Jennifer Embree Jim and Sandy Figge Sandra and John Flattery John and Diana Flood Jerry and Susan Flynt Peter and Ginny Foreman George and Sandra Froley Mr. and Mrs. Mortimer B. Fuller Mark and Betsy Gates Gregory George Deana and Morley Golden Betty and Peter Gray John K. Greene Sue and Daniel Guggenheim Bobby and Fred Haemisegger Tod and Barbara Hamachek George’s at the Cove The Michael and Irene Healy Charitable Fund Hull Family Foundation Patsy Huntington Benjamin Jacobson Philip and Edina Jennison Trent and Cecile Jones Courtney and Steve Kapp Kathy and Gerald Kavka Hampton and Jacqueline King Wade and Heather King & Family

Garrett and Clay Kirk Margot Larsen Ritz/Larsen Fund Jack Latrobe and Laura Clarke Robert F. and Deborah Law Marlene and Bill Lehman Ann and John Leonardo Debra and Jack Levin Elizabeth and John Lewis Jo and Bill Lowe The Matthias Foundation, Inc. Anthony and Audrey Mattos Ken and Molly McCain Mr. and Mrs. Charles McNamee Rebecca and David Meyers/ Meyers Charitable Family Fund Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Mike and Jane Nicolais George Ohrstrom II Susan Parkinson Wolf Riehle and Feli Funke-Riehle Nancy and Richard Robbins Marie Rohnert Susan Reinstein and Brian Ross Jon and Judy Runstad John Schenk Elizabeth B. Simon Becky and Peter Smith Steve and Ann Snyder Fred Sprenger Carl and Frann Stremmel Bill and Ginny Swigert Gail and Jack Thornton Charles and Cynthia Tillinghast Barry and Marjorie Traub Valley Paving/Lakeside Industries Mary and Willy Vanbragt Bill and Annie Vanderbilt Wodecroft Foundation/Mrs. Roger Drackett/Martine & Dan Drackett Lark and Gary Young Bob and Patience Ziebarth $500 - $999 Mark Benjamin Dr. Elizabeth Breen Fred and Judy Brossy

r helping us achieve our goals Dr. Christine Brozowski Virginia Cirica and Lawrence Goelman Christi Clark Cynthia Green Colin Robert and Cheryl Colman Ted Dale Candace and Tom Dee Sally and Cecil Drinkward Chuck and Nancy Ferries Bill and Gay Fruehling Robin and Lee Garwood Bart and Nancy Green Ed L. Grubb Bill and Anke Hall Ellen Harris Rebekah and Lawrence Helzel Dave Hill Greg and Wendy Hosman Don and Beverly Jefferson John and Diane Kahm Trish Klahr James and Cynthia Knight Georgie Lindquist Carol and Greg Lindstrom Mr. and Mrs. F. Steven Link Ignacio and Marta Lozano George Macomber Janet and John McCann Hal and Sharon McNee Jackie and Andrew McRoberts Candy and Don Miller John Milner and Kim Taylor Carmen and Jim Moore Jane and Tom Oliver Vicki and Pat Patman W. Jeffers Pickard Thomas and Michelle Praggastis Kent Pressman Duane Reed and Suzanne Strom-Reed Betsy and Robert Reniers Robert and Beth Rohe Diana and Allen Russell Roger and Kathy Sanger Russell Satake and Anita Lusebrink Frank and Harriet Shrontz Linda Sisson The Skjonsby Family Chris and Caroline Spain Starbucks “Make Your Mark” Volunteer Program

Jen Steele and Jon Hoekstra Mike Stevens and Liz Mitchell Bob and Carol Stevens Mrs. E. Parry Thomas Chris Thompson Dr. Lucy Tompkins and Dr. Stanley Falkow Thaddeus Walczak Julia and Jeffrey Ward Liz Warrick Macauley Whiting James and Sally Will Gordon M. Younger $250-$499 Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Bernhard Sarah and Jack Blumenstein Rear Admiral Donald Boecker and Gay Scott Boecker Gail and Doug Boettger Chris Bracher, Wood River Women’s Charitable Foundation Member’s Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation John Brezzo Amy Browning Bill and Kaye Burnham Connie and Vern Buwalda Teresa and Malcolm Campbell Lisa Cortese Ted Dale and Crystal Thurston Steve and Mary Kim Deffe’ Lyman and Debra Drake Dana DuGan Chris and Holley duPont Steven and Elizabeth Durels Flat Top Sheep Company/John & Diane Peavey Kenneth A. Fox Cricket and Tony Frank Dan Gilmore Rita and George Golleher Mary and Jim Goodyear Linda and Charlie Goodyear Diedre and Larry Gordon Gordon and Sally Granston Fred Gray and Linda Parker Susan and Ron Green Beth and Bob Gunton Linda Hackett Steve and Lynne Heidel

Harvey and Margaret Hinman Tim and Marianne Hogan Glenn Janss Page and Maureen Jenner Jim and Mary Jones Mr. and Mrs. Robert Judell Mark and Kathryn Kieckbusch Mattie Kling, Wood River Women’s Charitable Foundation Member’s Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation Andrea and John Laporte Deborah Law, Wood River Women’s Charitable Foundation Member’s Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation Caroline Macomber Jan and Bob Main Margie and Jon Masterson Marie and Edward Matthews Penny and Chris Mazzola William T. McConnell Mark and Hilary McInerney Dr. Allen Meisel and Dr. Gail Lutz Meisel Rebecca and Robert Mitchell Richard Mull Carmen and Ed Northen Oliphant Family Donor Advised Fund at the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation Barrie and Peter O’Neill John Orb Susan C. Orb Suzanne and Alex Orb Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts Program Jim Phillips Nick and Sharon Purdy Thomas and Mary Rees Bill and Joanne Reynolds Nils Ribi and Patti Brolin-Ribi Carl F. Schaber Laura and Michael Shannon Nancy and John Shepherd Gary Slette Graham Smith Annette and William Smith Vanessa Snow Doug and Beth Stagg Todd and Georgia Stewart Michael and Lynne Sweeney Anne and JB Theders Dave Theobald Penny and Ted Thomas

William and Diane Tingue William L. Tooley Reva and William Tooley Mary Lynn and Rusty Turner Lois Ukropina Fred and Jill Vogel George Wade Lynne and Kenneth Weakley Webb Landscape, Inc. Jaci Wilkins, Wood River Women’s Charitable Foundation Member’s Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation Cheryl and Jared Williams Wood River Insurance Richard J. and Esther E. Wooley Trust Benjamin & Theresa Wood & The Works of Grace Foundation Julie Wrigley $100 - $249 Anonymous Barb and Mark Acker Joy and Eric Allen Dave and Carole Almond Alpine Aquatics Barbara and Chip Angle Lise and Rob Applebaum Lynn and Claire Bailey Dan and Annelle Ballbach Julee and George Barber Bill and Betty Barnes Barrie Family Partners/Carolina W. Barrie Janet and John Barton Ruby and Peter Becker Jim and Peggy Berman Kay and John Besteman Fred and Gayle Bieker Lorna and Thomas Bigsby Thomas D. Bigsby Jean and James Biondi Gary and Heather Black Blaine Soil Conservation District Jacob and Ruth Bloom Hugh Blue Lisa and Paul Bodor Bill Boeger and Lisa Stelck Sally and Scott Boettger Guy Bonnivier


Branching Out Nursery David Bray Elizabeth and Frank Breen David F. Brown Marvin and Alice Brown Michelle and Jefferson Bruner Robert B. Buck Jack and Elizabeth Bunce Bill Bunting Steve Butler Jane Butler and J. D. Wilson David Caldwell Eltiena and Bill Campbell Elaine and Elliott Caplow Mark Caywood and Deanna Glad Page Chapman III

Memorial Gifts

Donations were generously made to Wood River Land Trust between March 1, 2007 and February 29, 2008 in memory of: Hank Alham Annie Robert B. Browning Doris Cavnes David R. Copley Patty O. DeGraw Joan Dugan Troy C. Ewart Coni R. S. Fitch David Friedenberg William F. Gillespie III LaVon Grotto Marjorie Heiss Dr. Marvin D. Henry Billy Higdon John Paul Kearney Debra Miller Jack Miller Edith B. Moore Kenneth Olsen Donald Pieper Art Richards Bill Tennille Jason Thirsk Kamela Weber


John F. Chlebowski Clearwater Landscaping Doug Clemens Penelope and Harold Coe Reed P. Collingwood Pamela and Kenneth Collins Mr. and Mrs. Drury W. Cooper III Elizabeth Copley Cindy Ward and Clients/Cornerstone Realty Steve Crosser Donald C. Dahlgren Paul Dalzell Elaine Daniel and Jim Bailey John Davenport Frances Davidson Mark Davidson and Jenny Emery Davidson Lauren and Richard L. Davis II Jerre and Tom Dawson Peggy Dean Dave Dederer Ross Dinkelspiel Jonathan and Susan Dolgen Family Foundation John and Carey Dondero Buck Drew Jim and Jamie Dutcher Tammy Eaton Kurt and Kelly Eggers Janet and Gregg Falcone Pamela Feld Richard Fenton, Jr. Fred M. Filoon Daralene and John Finnell Julie Firestone Christine and John Fleming Terry Friedlander and Robin Leavitt Julie and Brian Gallagher Bob and Debbie Gilbert David Giles Mrs. William F. Gillespie III Penny and Ed Glassmeyer Jessica and Frank Glotfelty Bill and Mary Jane Godejohn Molly! Goodyear and Mike Wolter Charles and Elaine Gould Baird and Michelle Gourlay Maureen Groper Kathy Grotto Rob and Esperanza Grundy Charles Hall Paul Hansen Scott Hanson George and Beverly Harad Carl and Pat Harris Judy and David Harrison Carol and Craig Hartman John and Margund Haskell Joseph Haviv and Wendy Moss-Haviv

Francie and Mike Hawkey Dick Hay Tom and Roberta Heinrich Hemingway Chapter Trout Unlimited Dr. Tom Henderson Tom and Alice Hennessey Geri and John Herbert Alex Higgins Colleen and Jerry Higman John Hill Ursula and David Hinson Gary and Sally Hirst Jim and Sheri Hodge Mary Hogan J.K. and D.L. Holman Spencer Hosie and Diane Rice Jeri Howland and Jerry Edelbrock Susanne F. Hubbach Wendy and Jim Jaquet Martha and Ross Jennings Stan and Harriet Joseph Elizabeth and Loren Kahle Robert and Linda Kahn Gail Kearns Bliss Knowles Dick Kolbrener Lex and Celia Kunau Diana Landis Marge Lilley Beatrice Longley Loring Lowell Elise G.B. Lufkin John W. Lundin Robert Lynch Mary and Steve Lynch Jory Magidson Peter and Sandra Maier Jim and Kay Marron Andrew Mayo and Christina Gearin Murray and Mary Sue McClain Anthony J. McEwan Arthur McIntosh III Jim and Willa McLaughlin Thelma and Doug McTavish Jerry and Sheila Mells Chuck Mercer Isabel Merritt Mr. and Mrs. William E. Mildren, Jr. Jeannette and Charles Miller Jane and Steve Mitchell Gerry Morrison and Julie Weston Marr and Nancy Mullen Roy and Judith Murdock Richard and Carol Nelson William E. and Adrian Norris Darlene Norton Organic Solutions The Organizers/Patricia Bolding Kaye and Hugh O’Riordan Janet and Harald Oyen

Dr. Michael Paul and Mrs. Paul Steve and Marylyn Pauley Paula and Keith Perry Sue Petersen Marda Phelps Kristy Pigeon Priscilla Pittiglio Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Powers Hope Hughes-Pressman Louise and Leigh Rabel Patricia Radeke Barbara and Don Rau Peggy Richards Lyle and Mary Ann Rivera Buffalo and Katherine Rixon Patricia and Donn Roberts Brent Robinson Karen and Jonathan Roth Lee D. Rowe, MD Dianne and Calame Sammons Lyle and Gloriana Saylor Harold R. Schatz Lisa and Norman Schlachter Leonard and Phyllis Schlessinger Dr. and Mrs. James Schultz James and Natalie Service Stu Shaffer Alexis Shapiro George Shapiro Vicki and Glen Shapiro Sandy Shaw Nancy and David J. Sheffner Larry Shipley and Nancy Williams John and Alison Shoemaker Jill Smiekel-George Don Smith Barbara and Charles Smith Judy and Richard Smooke Charles and Barbara Snow Allen and Barbara Spafford David and Barbara Speer Jeffrey Steinberg and Sherry Warner-Steinberg Michelle and Clint Stennett Brett Stevenson Sun Valley Long Term Holdings Paul Sunich Tricia Swartling Ann and Doug Taylor Martial Thirsk Conrad and Jeremy Thomas Bruce Tidwell and Char Roth Joanne and William Travers Pamela and Richard Tucker Bruce and Helen Ullmann Robert and Mary Van Fossan Diana and Karl Wadsack Max and Sharon Walker Liz and Wick Warrick Liza and Parker Weekes

Nathan Welch and Lara Rozzell Cathy and Michael Welch Holly and Doug Werth Phebe Thorne Nancy S. Williamson Jeremy Wintersteen Richard and Rebecca Worst James K. Worthy Bud Yorkin Cheryl and Peter Ziegler Under $100 Anonymous Marc Abraham John Ackerman Thomas and Jane Acomb Peter and Patti Ahrens Susan and Dan Alban Kim Anderson Joe and Ann Armstrong Marty and Bill Arvey Nancy and Alvis Auseklis Jason Babik and Dana Hugill Larry Barnes Marjorie and Roy Bathum Barbara Behling Susan Bergdahl Robert and Catherine Beyer Carl and Gloria Bianchi Susan Eiden Bick Carol Blackburn Susan and Rudy Boesch Mike Bordenkircher JoAnn Boswell Lisa and Tom Broderick John T. Brown Barbara and Alan Bruffey Paula Caputo Calista and Tim Carter Maurice and Elaine Charlat John Charney David and Lyn Christensen Marty and Don Coats Leonard and Linda Cohen Faus and Bill Corlett Jerry Costacos Jeff Coupe Kristine and Jim Curran Melanie Dahl Barbara and Arthur Dahl Robert and Claire Dana Joan Danzinger Tanner and Jill Davis Barbara and A. Scott Earle Jeanne and Dale Ewersen Earl and Shirley Feiwell Frank and Claudia Fiaschetti Jack and Suzie Finney Joan B. Firman Denis and Jeff Ford

Ann Francis Woody and Margery Friedlander Ann Fuller Ralph Fullerton and Myra Friedman Dennis and Gail Galanter D. K . and Louise Gallagher Ann and Mack Gasaway James Geier Mary Gerlach Kate Giese and Jeb Wofford Mike and Ann Giese Tom and Ellen Glaccum Glenna Glover Kathryn Goldman and Carl Evenson Mary S. Graham Martha M. Hale Pam Hammond Gordon and Elaine Harfst Diane K. Henry Connie and Gary Hoffman Bob Holland and Polly Noe-Holland Helen Holmes Russ and Sally Horn Jacqueline M. and J. Robert Howard Karen Mott and Laura Hubbard Klaus O. Huschke Mary Ann Jenkins Thaddeus and Virginia Johnson Michele and Bernie Johnson Jean and John Kearney James and Linda Kennedy Cindy and Bob Kesting/River Run Realty Heather Kimmel David Knutson Sally and Olin Lancaster Latimer Family Sheila and Ray Liermann Robert Lonning and Elizabeth Jeffrey Kathryn Lopez Jean and Tony Mabbatt Paul and Jan MacGregor Jack MacPherson John Maine and Kim Baltzell Joselin Matkins Carol and John Matkins Irma and Robert Maurer Bob and Arva Parks McCabe Rich McIntyre and Karen Greene Betty and Bob Meltzer Ron and Joan Mendelsohn C. M. Merz Edith Middleton Helen Miller John and Nancy Mohr Jennifer Montgomery Janet Kellam and Andy Munter Sharron and David Murray Curtis (Trip) Nabors Craig and Katherine Nalen Juanita Neher

Francis and Ruthe Norton John O’Connor Nancy and James Osborn Tess O’Sullivan and Jeremy Fryberger Tim Owen Nick Parish Mark and Roxanna Parker Linda and Ron Parsons Vern and Dorothy Peay Karen Pederson Jan Peppler James Perkins Charles Pomeroy and Jude Hawkes Peter Pressley Phyllis Quinn Carol Rees Karen Reinheimer Theresa Richards Alain and Karla Rinckwald Ronald F. Robbins Scott and Kelly Robbins Cheryl and Vern Rollin Robert Romano Juli and Michael Roos Miriam and Jack Rose Kate and Bob Rosso Patricia G. Rothwell Glacier Graphics/Jennifer Self Sara and Clark Shafer Debby and Mark Slonim Charles and Leslie Snorf

Elizabeth and Nicholas Snow Craig Spiller St. Francis Pet Clinic/Dr. Karsten Fostvedt Bob Stadshaug Gene and Sharon Steiner Evan Lister Stelma Genie and John Swyers Marybeth and William Targett Sergio and Denise Tavares Peter L. Taylor, MD Maria Terrazas Pam and Denis Thomas Frank Tornello Marcia and David Trook Robert E. Vestal Gary and Linda Vinagre Robyn Watson Michael and Anne Weber Myron A. Weiss Myron Weiss and Victoria Hunt Joshua Wells Judith and Tommy Wells Nancy Winton Charles Wood Renny Wood Kathy Wygle Janet Young

Gifts In Honor

Over the years Wood River Land Trust has received donations from many different sources and stemming from many different motivations—memorial tributes, gifts in lieu of birthday presents, and inclusion in estate plans. One gift that truly gave us pause this past year was a request by Alexis Shapiro that a portion of her Bat Mitzah gifts be directed to Wood River Land Trust. We were struck by Alexis’ generosity and thoughtfulness: it is young, community-minded philanthropists like her who will carry on the good work of protecting the Wood River Valley’s land, water, and wildlife long after we are gone. Thank you again, Alexis! Donations were generously made to Wood River Land Trust between March 1, 2007 and February 29, 2008 in honor of: Max Cavnes Alexis Shapiro Mike Dederer & Nancy Felts Scott Christenson The King Cousins The Fire Fighters of the Castle Rock Fire Clay Kirk Gay and Don Boecker Scott Runkel


Colorado Gulch Continued from page 1

floodplain by providing open areas along the River so it can overflow its banks during spring runoff to recharge the aquifer and pull cottonwoods and shrubs into the River to create fish habitat. “This area is an important link in the future of the fishery,” says Kathryn Goldman, Wood River Land Trust Project Coordinator. “Protecting this open, undeveloped floodplain area contributes greatly to the long-term health of the River.” The Stevens cite their love of the Wood River Valley, and in particular the Big Wood River and local wildlife, as their motivation for donating this conservation agreement. “We want to preserve the beauty of the Big Wood and Colorado Gulch for everyone in the community and to see the area protected for animals, remain undeveloped, and provide a place for fishing, hiking, and reflecting,” says Dr. Stevens. Adjacent to Bureau of Land Management and existing Wood River Land Trust land, the Colorado Gulch Conservation Agreement also guarantees the public’s continued access to the Big Wood River and public lands, which local residents use for an array of recreational activities including hiking, fishing, bird watching, and mountain biking.

Colorado Gulch and Surrounding Areas

Letter from the Board President Continued from page 2

Staff is also called upon by various public agencies to lend their expertise to important planning issues which have long-term impact on the growth in our area. Additionally, Wood River Land Trust reaches out to the community through activities such as the Heart of the Valley Contest, the Trout Friendly Lawn program, and the Community Picnic at Howard Preserve. Whether you are a full-time resident or a second homeowner, you have a significant financial and emotional investment in the Wood River Valley. Wood River Land Trust is working hard to ensure it remains a special place where change is measured and outdoor resources are protected. Our incoming president, Ed Cutter, and his team have my best wishes for their efforts to build on our recent progress. And I want to thank you for your support. We couldn’t succeed without you.

Meet our Board Continued from page 3

Conservation Agreement Boundary Wood River Land

(208) 788-0014 Trust Land BLM Land State Land


Familiar with Wood River Land Trust since his days at TNC, Trent became a Land Trust Director in 2007. “Wood River Land Trust’s success in recent years and the leadership role it has taken in preserving open space, agricultural lands, and wildlife habitat in Blaine County motivated me to join the Board when the invitation was offered,” says Trent. “I was also strongly influenced by the Land Trust’s unwavering commitment to protect the Big Wood River, which I feel is the defining feature of the Wood River Valley.” Trent spent 4 years on the Hailey Planning & Zoning Commission addressing local land use and development issues. Trent is a dedicated fly fisherman and upland bird hunter and spends much of his free time prospecting the streams of central Idaho for wild trout and climbing the hills of eastern Blaine County for grouse and chukar. Trent and Cecile have 2 children, Parker (10) and Airey (5).

WOOD RIVER LAND TRUST Protecting the Heart of the Valley Board of Directors Clark Gerhardt, President Ed Cutter, Vice President Joan Swift, Treasurer Robin Garwood, Secretary Jerry Bashaw John Flattery Trent Jones Heather King Jack Kueneman Bill Lehman Liz Mitchell John Fell Stevenson Steve Strandberg Tom Swift Barbara Thrasher Doris Tunney Liz Warrick

We facilitate the reuse or recycling of homes, building materials, and larger household items. Proceeds from the sale of materials are dedicated to Wood River Land Trust’s preservation of land, water, and wildlife habitat throughout the Wood River Valley.


Now and for the Future

WRLT Staff

Scott Boettger Executive Director

Morgan Buckert Membership Assistant

Melanie Dahl Executive Assistant

Kate Giese Director of Conservation

Kathryn Goldman

Advisory Committee David Anderson Peter Becker Ranney Draper Rebekah Helzel Dave Parrish Larry Schoen John Seiller Bruce Tidwell This newsletter is published by:

Project Coordinator

Wood River Land Trust

Diane Kahm Development Assistant

Heather Kimmel

Program & Membership Coordinator

Robyn Watson

Major Gifts Officer

Nathan Welch

119 East Bullion Street Hailey, Idaho 83333 208.788.3947 (telephone) 208.788.5991 (fax) info@woodriverlandtrust.org www.woodriverlandtrust.org Tax ID# 82-0474191

Planning Coordinator


Keri York

Stewardship Coordinator

Read Our First-Ever Annual Report Online!


ur success this past year—nearly doubling the number of acres we have protected in 2007 and beginning our 14th year protecting land, water, and wildlife habitat in the Wood River Valley—led us to create our first-ever annual report. The report describes our conservation successes in 2007, outlines our goals for 2008, and summarizes our finances for the last year. In an effort to save our natural resources, we have opted to publish the report electronically rather than use traditional printing methods. You can visit the report on the “Resources” page of our website—www.woodriverlandtrust.org/resources—beginning June 15th.




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summer 2008 In This issue: Colorado Gulch: Protecting the River and Recreational Access ...Page 1 Notes on the Neighborhood...Page 2 Protect the River and Save on Water Costs this summer...Page 5

Don’t miss our summer 2008 events! see inside for details Summer at Picabo Ranch, permanently protected in 2000

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