Saturday, August 10, 2013

Free Press: Record Idaho County Timber Harvests

Posted By on Sat, Aug 10, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Idaho County should expect to see a significant increase in reforestation projects in 2014, accompanied by record timber harvesting, boding well for the state's forest products industry and endowment trust beneficiaries—including Idaho public schools.

The Idaho County Free Press reports that the Idaho Department of Lands hopes to sell about 27 million board-feet of timber from the Maggie Creek Supervisory Area during the new fiscal year, including timber sales near Grangeville, Kamiah, Kooskia, Weippe and Winchester.

"Logging followed by tree planting, using fire as a controlled management tool, carrying out a fire program that focuses on initial attack of wildfires—all of these things add up to an active management model that not only produces healthy economic gains for Idaho, but healthy forests for the future, too," said State Forester David Groeschl.

IDL said some of the targeted areas in the Kooskia area include "mostly diseased, decaying and dying grand fir trees," which would be harvested for pulp and replaced with ponderosa pine, western white pine, western larch and Douglas fir saplings.

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