The Pointner Property
A Partner Project
Once upon a time—John Pointner owned most of Cougar Bay. John was colorful and stubborn. He wanted to see his land preserved forever for wildlife but just couldn’t come to terms with any of the entities that courted him. One of John’s (deputies?) enlisted the Inland Northwest Land Conservancy to try to break the logjam.
The Conservancy listened to what John needed. He wanted the land to be protected forever, and he didn’t trust private buyers who promised they’d take care of the land like he had. He didn’t trust universities to make good on funding promises, and not to have trustees have a change of heart someday and sell the land. He needed money, because he was old and ailing and worried about being a burden to his children.
Thanks to John Pointner’s generosity and his desire to see his land preserved for wildlife, the Bureau of Land Management and Kootenai County acquired the last large private holding on Cougar Bay at a bargain price.
So the Conservancy proposed a way that Pointner could sell his property for what Pointner considered a fair price, a major sticking point in previous negotiations. Chris suggested that the terms for payment could be $5,000 a month for the rest of Pointner’s life and, upon Pointner’s death, the remaining debt would be forgiven.
And that’s what happened. As a result of listening to the landowner and offering sage advice, INLC helped John Pointner fulfill his desire to preserve his property for the over 150 species of wildlife that inhabit his beloved Cougar Bay.