Sherwood Forest (aka Syringa Trails)

143 acres, west of Sandpoint, Bonner County, Idaho.

The primary conservation values intended for protection and maintenance under this easement include public recreation, natural habitat and open space.

Protection of this property will help ensure the continuing opportunity for public recreation along the extensive forest trail system for hiking and non-motorized biking in association with organized hiking and mountain biking groups. Since 2005, trails have been constructed by volunteers with the goal of providing non-motorized public access. Collaborators include the Pend Oreille Pedalers, the International Mountain Bike Association and local landowners.

The natural habitat and location of the property have been specifically identified as important for white-tail deer wintering. Tracks of wintering moose and elk have also been observed. Streams on the property are tributary to the Pend Oreille River, which supports federally listed bull trout (threatened), along with westslope cutthroat trout (species of concern) and kokanee salmon (species of concern).

The property is located in an area receiving heavy development pressure, and the grantors do not want the property subdivided and developed for residential, commercial or industrial uses. They want to protect the relatively natural forest environment and agriculture land, and continue management of the forest and agriculture resource using environmentally sound management principals.

Type of Protection: Donated conservation easement.

Year-round public access at the generosity of the landowners. Parking available off Pine Street Hill. Follow the “Greta’s Segway” mountain bike trail to access Sherwood Forest.