many rare species. These forests and streams produce a large portion of the freshwater that contributes to aquifer recharge and sustains Molokai’s residents. Kainalu Ranch has been in Hawaiian hands since Polynesians landed in the islands and has been owned by the Dunbar Family for almost 100 years. The Dunbars’ vision for the Kainalu Ranch is to protect critical watershed resources that many depend upon without sacrificing vulnerable lower elevation acres to development pressures. The KFW offers a rare opportunity to preserve a large, intact area that is biologically, culturally, and functionally critical to the long-term protection of rare natural resources on Molokai that are vulnerable locally, regionally and nationally.
IA, Preparation Canyon ($1,315,000)- This project involves acquisition of a conservation easement on 1,678 acres of forest along the western edge of the Loess Hills State Forest in Monona County, Iowa. Located within 30 minutes of the rapidly expanding Omaha/Council Bluffs metro area with a population of over one million, this project will protect a 60 mile wide viewshed of the Missouri River floodplain along a National Scenic Byway and in a U.S. National Park Service Loess Hills Special Landscape Area. The project will encourage active management of productive native hardwood forest, oak savanna and native tall grass prairie on the largest privately owned tract of forest land in the Loess Hills region of Iowa. The Loess Hills landscape is a globally unique area, due to the extreme depth of the loess soils which measure as much as 200 feet deep. These soils are thousands of years old and have some of the highest soil erosion rates in the nation, averaging nearly 40 tons per acre per year. The Loess Hills are home to several state listed plant and animal species. The uniqueness of the landscape and biota led to recognition of portions of the Loess Hills as a National Natural Landmark in 1986 by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
ID, Bane Creek Neighbors, ($2,465,000)- The Bane Creek Neighbors project connects two ecologically vulnerable ecosystems and contains resource values of national, regional and local significance. While real estate development rapidly supplants traditional land uses throughout the region, three north Idaho families have joined with the Vital Ground Foundation to permanently protect 720 acres of critical wildlife habitat and productive timber land. While all three families possess a deep commitment to conservation principles, the threat to the project properties is imminent. Two of the three landowners will be forced to sell portions of their property to meet financial obligations if this proposal is unsuccessful. The project provides important linkage between the Selkirk and Cabinet-Yaak ecosystems for a wide variety of wildlife including threatened and endangered populations of grizzly bears and gray wolves. Project lands provide timber and agricultural products as well as year- round recreational opportunities important to the regional and local economy.
14. ID, McArthur Lake Wildlife Corridor ($3,345,000)- The McArthur Lake Wildlife Corridor (MLWC) Forest Legacy Project will protect 3,727 acres of critical private timberlands in the most viable linkage between the Selkirk and Cabinet-Yaak Mountain ecosystems in northern Idaho. The Project provides the best remaining chance for an East- West corridor between two 500,000-acre blocks of National Forest System and State lands. The MLWC provides critical habitat and connectivity for 6 threatened and endangered- species in a region that supports the only remaining intact predator-prey assemblages – including grizzly bears and wolves – in the continental U. S. For 20 years, 10 agencies and private organizations have focused conservation efforts on the Corridor, protecting 2,400 acres of private properties in the heart of the MLWC. The project will protect the most critical remaining unprotected parcels and leverage Forest Legacy funds awarded to this geographic area in FY07 and FY08. Rampant subdivision and development in the MLWC threaten to permanently sever this critical linkage. Without Forest Legacy funding, these parcels will be sold for development. These threatened timberlands in the Corridor are of