Box Elder farming family’s donation starts new wildlife refuge

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — A new National Wildlife Refuge Unit has been established in northern Utah thanks to a donation from a Box Elder farming family.

The Standard-Examiner reports (http://bit.ly/294Xbae ) that officials on Tuesday created the Bear River Watershed Conservation Area, a 30-acre are easement west of Brigham City that became the 565th national wildlife refuge.

The Ferry Ranch and Farm family contributed to the easement. They are in their fifth generation of ranching and farming along the Bear River.

The Ferrys will still own the land and continue farming it and managing it alongside officials at the refuge.

Officials are hoping to work with more landowners in the region and acquire voluntary conservation easements, allowing farmers to maintain property rights but receive support managing their land for water quality and wildlife habitat.

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