Greenfire News: September-October, 2000

jack-and-pole fencingWe had problems transferring the BLM grazing permits right off the bat. The previous owner had signed over the Bradshaw Basin permit to another grazing permittee. Eventually, the permit was transferred to Valley Sun.

We met with various state and federal agencies, including the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Model Watersheds Project, Bonneville Power Administration, Sho-Ban Tribes and Idaho Department of Fish and Game. The meetings consisted of property tours and discussions to initiate restoration projects. For its part, NRCS stepped up to the plate and offered to share costs for a planting project.

Because all livestock was removed from the property, we submitted a proposal to the Model Watersheds Project to relocate the jack-and-pole fencing along the riparian corridor as a replacement for the barbed-wire perimeter fence on the property. Jack-and-pole fencing is far more wildlife-friendly. Our proposal was denied, but we will continue to seek funding for this project.

There are five pivots that irrigate the majority of the property. Three of the pivots travel in a circle; two move in a semicircle. They are computer-controlled and can be programmed to do just about anything (when they aren't stuck in wheel ruts or knocked out of commission by any number of mechanical or electrical nightmares).

debrisThe more we learned about the property, the more we became concerned about the presence of toxic materials.

We called the Department of Environmental Quality and took them on a tour of the property.

A few items of concern were identified, and the former owners were directed to dispose of them.

The houses, buildings and property were inspected before we took occupancy, and all were given a clean bill of health.