It’s no secret that travelers of Highway 93, near Evaro, are treated to spectacular views of the Jocko Valley and surrounding Mission Mountains. Thanks to a conservation-minded couple, December saw 155-acre parcel of this priceless valley preserved in perpetuity.
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.
Susie and Elon’s and young renters plan to continue the land’s agricultural traditions by raising hay and grazing livestock. The project was made possible by donations from the landowners, ensuring the land they have loved for so long will remain open space for the next generation.