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Idaho Conservation Areas

Idaho real estate has many benefits, including access to Idaho's various conservation projects. There are more than 600 conservation sites and natural areas throughout the state. Following is a list of some of the more well known parks and hiking areas, but there are many more available.

Ducks on the Boise River
Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area

Near the town of Kuna, ID, this park boasts the highest density of nesting raptors in the nation. With 485,000 acres to explore and free admission year round, it's a great destination for bird watchers. This park is home to 150-200 pairs of Prairie Falcons, the highest breeding density of this bird in the world. The other feathered denizens range from raptors to waterfowl to songbirds.

Owyhee County
 This series of 45 ranches is located in Southwestern Idaho. It is open Summer, Fall and Winter with free admission. This piece of Idaho land conservation hosts the largest population of California big horn sheep. In addition, this preserve is home to antelope, mountain lions, bobcats and mule deer.

Garden Creek Conservation Area
This preserve is open to the public in Summer, Fall, and Winter during daylight hours. It is 91,680 acres that have been set aside to protect the rare flora and fauna of this area along the Snake River. It is located near Hells Canyon, ID. In addition to mountain lions and big horn sheep, this preserve is home to black bears, wolverines and elk.

Idaho FoothillsSelkirk Mountains
This part of Northern Idaho real estate contains several areas of proposed wilderness. Beehive lakes and Two Mouth lakes both provide challenging but rewarding hiking trails. Beehive lakes, also, provides fishing including trout now that a local contractor has completed work to reduce erosion of the trout habitat.

For geologists, Selkirk mountains is home to Chimney Rock. This is a 380-foot column of granite. It is popular with hikers and it has two trails. The western trail is managed by the Idaho Department of Lands. However, the access to this trail is a challenge to modern vehicles. The eastern trailhead is easier to reach by car as it has been recently reconstructed.

Fourth of July and Washington Lakes
This proposed wilderness area has plenty of easy day hikes. It has several places of nice scenery for photo opportunities as well as plenty of wildflowers. It is a little more than 57 miles north of Ketchum, ID.

Meadow Creek
North Central Idaho is home to the Nez Perce National Forest which is home to Meadow Creek. This is a significant tributary of the Selway River and is one of the most important fisheries of the Clear Water Basin. Meadow Creek is home to a wide variety of trout, salmon and steelheads.

These are only a few of the conservation and wilderness areas available to owners of Idaho homes as well as visitors. There are hundreds of conservation areas spread throughout the state making a nature hike or wilderness adventure easy to find for outdoors oriented people.

Kevin Hughes

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