Twin Creek

134 acres, south of Clark Fork, Bonner County, Idaho.

The property is a working farm and ranch with meadows and grazing land. Above the meadows, the clear waters of Twin Creek flow east out of the timbered mountains, across the farm to the Clark Fork River. The Twin Creek riparian area is heavily wooded with dramatic western red cedars, majestic grand fir and other trees.

The conservation easement specifically protects Twin Creek, which is a critical bull trout spawning and rearing stream. The bull trout are officially listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The easement preserves forever from development the creek and a 125-foot corridor on each side of the creek. Besides the rare bull trout, the creek is home for native cutthroat trout and many other species of fish.

The easement allows traditional cattle grazing and other agricultural practices on the property (except for the corridor). The landowner, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, and Avista Corporation cooperated to restore parts of this reach of the creek in order to improve the habitat.

Type of Protection: Purchased conservation easement.

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