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Year Acquired: 2001
Public Access: No
Lee and Rose Sharp bought 140 acres of land east of Moscow in 1970 from a farmer who sold it to them because he knew they wouldn't subdivide the land. Lee was a professor at the UI in the range management department. While most of his work brought him to southern Idaho, he spent more than 30 years improving the family land in Moscow into a place that could be used for local research by students and would support wildlife habitat.
Lee passed away in 1996. Not long after his death, the family received a phone call from someone who wanted to purchase the property for subdivision. The family had been thinking for some time about putting a conservation easement on the property, and after that call came in, they knew they would do it to protect Lee's legacy.
The easement protects the agricultural heritage, the open space and scenic properties of the land, and wildlife habitat on the property. Lee and Rose's daughter, Peggy, also actively encourages UI students to use the property for research.