June, 2005

Early in the stages of acquiring our property, we considered a conservation easement. The Gallatin Valley Land Trust didn't seem interested at the time, but this year we were identified as an "outreach" property. This interest stemmed largely from a study that identified wildlife corridors; the yellow lines on one of their maps shows corridors near us. One corridor runs up Place Creek, ending at the Carriage House. We could have told them this is a busy trail, as at least 4 deer and 1 bear have been hit where it crosses the highway in the past 10 months. The tax benefits of an easement for us are such that we probably won't consider one until we sell the property; meanwhile we will do what we can to encourage the wildlife. (Note: we are near the top, left of center.)