A 275-acre working ranch along the banks of the North Fork of the Teton River has been permanently protected with a conservation easement. The Harris Family, second and third generation ranchers, worked with the Teton Regional Land Trust and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to conserve their land and its associated wildlife habitat for future generations. The purchase of the conservation easement was funded through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The land itself remains in the ownership of the Harris family.
"We wanted to keep our land in one big piece and to keep it just the way it is but we needed funds to allow us to do so," Don Harris said "The Land Trust and the BLM made this possible for us."
By protecting their property from development, the Harris Family has ensured their cattle ranch will remain the same for the third generation of their family and beyond. A conservation easement is a permanent legal agreement that protects important habitat from development, while ensuring that traditional ownership and land uses like ranching continue. The family views a conservation easement as an ideal way to protect the wildlife and scenic views of the property that they value.