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Palouse Land Trust’s service area is large, covering the western slope of the North Rocky Mountains and the historic grasslands of the Palouse Region.  We serve the following counties: 

  • Shoshone County, Idaho
  • Benewah County, Idaho
  • Latah County, Idaho
  • Clearwater County, Idaho
  • Nez Perce County, Idaho
  • Lewis County, Idaho
  • Idaho County, Idaho
  • Whitman County, Washington.

The properties we steward vary in size and type.  Examples include:
  • 2,800 acres of prime Bighorn Sheep and salmon spawning habitat along the Snake River,
  • the first conservation easement specific for the protection of rare Palouse Prairie remnants,
  • river frontage on the St. Joe, St. Maries and Palouse Rivers, and
  • working farms and forests.

Featured Landscape

As anyone who lives in the Palouse knows, this landscape is not just strikingly beautiful; it is also useful. Capable of producing impressive yields of grains and legumes, the Palouse has become one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world. 

What makes these impressive harvests possible?

The answer is found in the region’s fertile soils. The original Palouse Prairie vegetation that covered these hills included grasses and an impressive array of wildflowers. The roots of Palouse prairie plants, like arrowleaf balsamroot and bluebunch wheatgrass, extend several feet underground. When their extensive root systems decay, the Palouse prairie plants add organic matter to the soil, improving its texture and fertility.

So, in a very real sense, the Palouse Prairie plants are what made it possible for people to produce high yields of crops in this landscape. For this reason they are an important legacy of the natural heritage that sustains rural, agricultural lifestyles in our region.

Unfortunately, very few examples of Palouse Prairie remain, which is why conservation of Palouse Prairie remnants is one of our highest priorities.