KETCHUM, Idaho-- The Nature Conservancy has entered into an agreement with a central Idaho rancher to restore a large pond that feeds into Silver Creek, a nationally renowned fly fishing destination.

Spokesman Matt Miller tells the Idaho Mountain Express that the restoration will remove sediment from the pond that due to its shallowness has high water temperatures that flow downstream.

Miller says the conservation organization is partnering with Picabo rancher Nick Purdy in the project that aims to restore the stream to a more natural path.

The pond covers about three-quarters of a mile. Miller says that makes it one of the conservation group's largest projects so far.

He says the project likely won't start until late 2012 because winter restoration work is least intrusive for wildlife and fly fishers.

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