An anonymous landowner has donated 0.26 square miles of mule deer winter range in Pocatello to a local land trust.
The donation to the Sagebrush Steppe Land Trust ends previous plans of converting the property into a subdivision, the Idaho State Journal reported. The property represents the southern portion of roughly 0.62 square miles the city annexed more than 10 years ago, in preparation for a proposed 900-unit residential and commercial development.
Sagebrush Steppe Land Trust Director Matt Lucia said the trust “hopes to continue to work in this landscape to create a buffer between core winter range and residential and commercial development.”
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