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Five Valleys Land Trust Helps Conserve Jocko Valley Land

Five Valleys Land Trust has worked with landowners Elon Gilbert and Susie Miller to conserve 155 acres of prime agricultural lands in the Jocko Valley. Susie Miller and Elon Gilbert have stewarded the land here for over 20 years. The Miller-Gilbert-Jocko conservation easement is bordered by protected or Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal lands, increasing its conservation value and providing habitat connectivity for the area’s vibrant wildlife, including eagles, black bears and grizzly bears. The land has long been used for agriculture and the National Resource Conservation Service deems 90% of the land as Prime if Irrigated.

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