Clark Fork-Pend Oreille Conservancy Changes Name to Kaniksu Land Trust

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SANDPOINT, ID–Ten years after its founding, the Sandpoint-based Clark Fork-Pend Oreille Conservancy is undergoing some major changes including a new name.

Since 2002, the Clark Fork-Pend Oreille Conservancy has been working with willing landowners to protect important properties and their resources through use of conservation easements. In that time it has notched the successful completion of 11 projects ranging from one project to conserve a mile and a half of Bull River frontage in Montana, to facilitating an easement to protect a 600-acre working ranch in the Selle Valley.

Originally chartered to focus on projects to conserve significant water resources, the Conservancy found its projects expanding to include an emphasis on habitat, forests, ranches and even trails and public access. With both its number of supporters and diversity of projects growing, the Conservancy’s officers and staff felt it was time to change the group’s rather long and unwieldy name to one that better reflected its mission and scope.

Hence the CFPO Conservancy is changing its name to the Kaniksu Land Trust. The name is intended to reflect the broader emphasis on both land and water conservation, as well more accurately encompass the north Idaho and northwest Montana region where the land trust works.

“As a land trust we wanted to find a name that speaks to the region we live in and the work we do,” said KLT President Kathy Cousins. “The Kaniksu National Forest is the name given to the combination of the Priest River, Pend Oreille and Cabinet National Forests – an area that corresponds very closely to the region that the Kaniksu Land Trust operates in.”

The words “conservancy” and “land trust” are synonymous. Both are names given to non-profit organizations with a mission to protect land for habitat, scenic value, recreation or agriculture. The KLT will continue working with landowners in the same capacity as the CFPOC always has. The goals of the Land Trust remain unchanged:

• PROTECT property from development while keeping it in private hands through the use of conservation easements.

• PROVIDE benefits to the community by working to protect the land that is important to defining this spectacular region.

• ENHANCE the natural habitat, wildlife, working forests, farmlands, watersheds and the pristine views we experience every day in this area of the country

“As the Kaniksu Land Trust, we expect to grow our conservation programs with landowners of the northern Panhandle of Idaho and northwestern Montana,” said Executive Director Eric Grace. “There are many landowners who care about protecting their land from development and want to maintain and enhance wildlife habitat, ranch land and areas with scenic value.”

“The CFPOC has a great track record of conservation success, and we plan on building upon that,” Grace added. “The name change to the Kaniksu Land Trust is just one small step we are taking to broaden our conservation programs and make a meaningful impact to the entire community.”

For more information, contact the Kaniksu Land Trust at 208-263-9471 or online at