Conservation easements sought for Bear River
LOGAN, Utah (AP) -- Federal wildlife officials will hold public meetings in Utah, Idaho and Wyoming on their proposal to buy conservation easements along the Bear River.
The Deseret News reports the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to buy up to 920,000 acres from willing sellers at an estimated $745 million.
From its headwaters in Utah's Uinta Mountains, the river flows north through Wyoming and Idaho before ending its 500-mile journey at the Great Salt Lake.
Wildlife service officials say the plan is designed to spare critical wildlife habitat as well as farm and ranch lands from urban sprawl and residential development.
Meetings are set for Tuesday in Logan, Wednesday in Randolph, Thursday in Montpelier, Idaho, Friday in Preston, Idaho, Dec. 10 in Cokeville, Wyo., and Dec. 11 in Evanston, Wyo.
Information from: Deseret News, http://www.deseretnews.com
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