The Manning Buffer

dense forest with a small path

When LE Krause moved with his family to Sandpoint in the 1930s, the landscape looked much different. But LE’s penchant for fresh air and dirt was just as strong as it is for the youth of today.

LE’s earliest memories are of frolicking in the forest through the endless days of summer, and of sitting in his grandmother’s lap on the front porch of his family home as she spun tales of days gone by. This is how LE forged a connection to the land that runs so deep that eighty years later he recalls these memories as vividly as if they were yesterday.

Even though he moved away years ago, this is the place to which his mind most often wanders. As a scrappy kid from the city, LE never imagined that in his golden years he would go to great lengths to preserve a forested parcel in rural North Idaho. But that is exactly what he has done. LE’s gift of his family’s 20-acre parcel to Kaniksu Land Trust is a means of furthering his dream that future generations have the same opportunity to connect with the land, and with one another, that he did.

Now known as the Manning Buffer, after LE’s grandmother, this remarkable gift will protect not only LE’s legacy, but will also ensure that the Greta’s Segway trail can be enjoyed by our community forever.