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New Bear River Watershed Conservation Coordinator Reaching Across State Lines To Protect Open Land

A group of conservation organizations and governmental agencies have pooled their resources to hire a full-time Bear River watershed conservation coordinator.

Kiley Heaps, who recently earned two master’s degrees in anthropology and geographic information systems from Idaho State University, started with the land trust on March 1 and is training to spearhead the conservation efforts within the Bear River watershed.


“If we don’t protect these landscapes, then we won’t have them in the future,” Heaps said. “That (real estate) development pressure will continue, and all of a sudden there’s no more corridors for the mule deer to get through. All the wetlands are shifted and the nesting birds in those areas don’t have anywhere to do that so they go away.” Read the rest of the story on


This story is made possible thanks to a community reporting partnership between The Herald Journal and Utah Public Radio.