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Tyler family inks $11 million conservation easement on Lemhi River to protect salmon spawning habitat

Salmon, ID

Karl Tyler always wanted to own a ranch in the Salmon area, having grown up there as a kid. He remembers watching the salmon spawn in the creek with his friends.

"My cousins and I used to fish this section of the river before snorkeling was popular with Fish and Game. We were snorkeling, looking at the salmon back in the '60s," Tyler says.

When Tyler went to college at the University of Idaho, he got a job washing cars at a local dealership, working for 90 cents an hour. "I was working in the shop and running the wrecker at night," he says. "And I used to joke with the owner that I was going to be his top salesman."

Turns out that Tyler wasn't joking. The hard-working kid from Salmon not only became a top salesman. He ended up buying the dealership. Today, he owns several car dealerships in the Intermountain West, including Karl Tyler Chevrolet & Cadillac in Missoula, Montana, just over the hill from Salmon.

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