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Working Lands: Dryland farming
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County: Latah

Year Acquired: 2011

Acreage: 40.3

Public Access: No

Project Partners: 
  • Landowners
  • Palouse Land Trust
Project Summary: 
The Montgomery easement protects active agricultural land which is rapidly diminishing in the region immediately surrounding Moscow.  When the Hawkins development was proposed next door to her land, Kay Montgomery wanted to make sure her land was preserved as farmland.  She worked with the Land Trust to develop a conservation easement that does just that.  The conservation easement provides the public with rare protected open space set within a developing suburban/commercial matrix.    



Project Goals: 
  • Protect important working lands in perpetuity.
  • Protect open space and scenic views.
News for this Easement: Montgomery Farm protected

In November, 2011, Kay Montgomery protected 40 acres of farmland behind the Moscow Walmart.  Kay and her husband bought the land in 1964 and since then have leased the land out for wheat and lentils over the years.  They raised their four daughters at the farm, and one of Kay's daughters also lives on the property now with her family.  The conservation easement Kay placed on the property ensures that the land will be maintained as working agricultural lands.  Click here for the article that appeared in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News.