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Rockies 2018

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R O C K I E S 2 0 1 8 | The LandReport 61 LANDREPORT.COM c onservationists working to sustain the social and natural values of the region. "CIRN provides an opportunity for peer learning, u nderstanding federal land management processes, and coordi- nating with the agencies," he says. A major boost to the project came in the form of funding from the Bonneville Power Administration's Columbia River h ydropower system. BPA is required to mitigate its impacts to endangered Chinook salmon. "That's the power of the Endan- gered Species Act, that we had the mitigation money available to support our projects and many others in our region," he says. The project did take time and persistence to get everything coordinated among the different stakeholders. "That was probably the biggest challenge to overcome," he says. "A lot of people come out of a business environment and expect things to happen tomorrow. In this kind of work, that doesn't happen." In the end, however, their patience and persistence paid off. For the first time in 125 years, the Pahsimeroi River is recon- nected. Thanks to an improved irrigation system, the Pages and other landowners have sufficient water to increase the stocking rate while also leaving enough in the river for the fishery. For Page, the public lands components of his ranch, and even some aspects of the Endangered Species Act represent opportuni- ties rather than liabilities. "I look at the public lands as a huge asset, assuming you take the time to understand how they work and get to know the people involved," he says. ILONA MCCARTY ILONA MCCARTY

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