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Western Watersheds Project Wins Grazing Lease in Sawtooth Valley

For immediate release: August 18, 2021

Media contact: 
Patrick Kelly, Western Watersheds Project, (208)576-4314;


HAILEY, Ida. – Western Watersheds Project was the high bidder today at a state land auction in Jerome, Idaho, winning the Champion Creek grazing lease in the Sawtooth Valley. The 624 acres will now be put into conservation use for the next 20 years, releasing the land from livestock grazing degradation and protecting it for wildlife values.

“It’s a great day for the bull trout, cutthroat trout, and steelhead of Champion Creek and Fourth of July Creek, and for the Salmon River watershed,” said Patrick Kelly, Idaho Director of Western Watersheds Project. “By removing livestock from these lands, we’re improving the water quality, soil stability, and vegetation communities for wildlife. That’s a win for all Idahoans.”


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