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Wolves and wilderness benefit from private land easement

Aug 24, 2011

Conservation Northwest is proud to announce closing on a conservation easement on the 504-acre Dawson Ranch near Colville, WA. This easement enables the Dawsons to commit their ranch permanently to open space and wildlife habitat while staying in operation.

Wolves and wilderness benefit from private land easement

John Dawson's ranch provides vital habitat for wildlife. Photo by Paul Bannick

Conservation Northwest is proud to announce closing on a conservation easement on the 504-acre Dawson Ranch near Colville, WA, by Inland Northwest Land Trust with funds raised by Conservation Northwest and partially matched by the USDA Farm and Ranch Protection Program.

This easement enables the Dawsons to commit their ranch permanently to open space while staying in operation. The Dawsons also lease large tracts of private and public land, including within the Abercrombie-Hooknose Roadless Area that we (with the Dawsons’ support) have proposed for wilderness protection. One of Washington’s five confirmed wolf packs, the Smackout Pack, lives in this area.

The Dawson ranch:

  • Is forever protected from development
  • Supports designation of a proposed wilderness area
  • Is pivotal in the recovery of wolves in Washington 

“This conservation easement is ... good for wildlife and helps the economy of ranching communities,”­ said John Dawson.

Would you like to help us reach our next milestone?

Contact Paul Bannick, 206.675.9747 x 202, paul@conservationnw.org or visit www.conservationnw.org/cascades-to-rockies

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