The Wallowa Land Trust’s goal of conserving the moraines of Wallowa Lake is 175 acres closer to reality.

According to a press release from the Wallowa Land Trust, landowner Anna Mae Quint has voluntarily extinguished all future development and sub-division rights on her 175-acre East Moraine property.

The Moraines of Wallowa Lake are considered one of North America’s most perfectly formed and best preserved glacial landscapes, according to the Wallowa Land Trust’s website. This ancient but fragile landform is visually stunning, physically accessible and scientifically important. The Wallowa Lake Basin’s Moraines system is composed of three physiographic units: the East, West and Terminal Moraines.

The Quint property encompasses two lateral moraines before rising to the crest of the East Moraine at its westernmost boundary, where it abuts the Ham Family Conservation Easement, a 52-acre easement completed by the Ham family and the Wallowa Land Trust in 2017. The Ham and Quint conservation easements are part of a larger effort to conserve nearly 2,500 acres across Wallowa Lake’s East and Terminal Moraines.

According to Eric Greenwell, conservation program manager at the Wallowa Land Trust, the organization was formed in 2004. Originally a governing body of volunteers, it was formed to protect the moraines from commercial development.

The Trust is looking to conserve approximately 2,500 acres in Wallowa County. The acres are owned by private landowners and the Trust is in the process of having conversations with the owners to protect the land so it can be used for recreational purposes as well as timber and grazing, Greenwell said.

The conservation easement that now encompasses Quint’s 175-acre property permanently extinguishes all development and subdivision rights while reserving recreation, hunting, farming, and grazing rights, according to the release.

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