Ranchers Pass on a Legacy in Idaho’s Pioneer Mountains
July 24, 2013
“You don’t own the ranch. The ranch owns you,” says John Peavey, a third generation rancher and former state senator. He joins other voices of Idaho ranchers taking historic steps to assure a future for working lands. They’re voluntarily placing portions of their properties in conservation easements to protect them from subdivision that could signal an end to viable ranching and threaten some of the best sage grouse habitat in Idaho and one of the longest pronghorn migrations. More than 33,000 acres of conservation easements in the Pioneer Mountains to Craters of the Moon region are one facet of a remarkable story of partnerships that tie to the economic revival for the community of Carey. The Pioneers Alliance is the spark that’s igniting the effort to sustain the nature and economic future of spectacular country southeast of Sun Valley.