A 2017 summer camp held by Kaniksu Land Trust (KLT) allowed disadvantaged children to play in forests and wetlands, climb trees, build shelters and have other adventures in nature. KLT’s outdoor educator Dave reluctantly told the kids that the 75 acres they were playing on would be sold that September. Many of the kids wanted to return after camp ended, so they were heartbroken to learn the land would be developed.
However, Dave was able to comfort the kids by telling them about Pine Street Woods, a 160-acre property full of rolling hills and forests in Dover, Idaho, that KLT has under purchase contract. Dave explained that Pine Street Woods will be safe from development and that people of all ages will be able to enjoy miles of hiking trails and the tranquility of nature.
Innovia Foundation contributed a $30,000 Community Strategies grant toward the $2.1 million project cost, of which KLT has raised $1.78 million. Once the purchase is complete, KLT will install parking facilities, trails and eventually a pavilion for educational programming, all accessible to the public free of charge.
Pine Street Woods will provide a space for children to learn, for outdoor recreation enthusiasts to exercise and for patients with chronic illnesses to experience the healing effects of fresh air as part of KLT’s ParkRx program. In addition, the property’s wildlife habitats will be preserved permanently. Pine Street Woods will promote a culture of stewardship, allowing community members to develop personal connections to nature and participate in conserving the beauty of the wild.