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Tree project aims to protect aquifer

A five-year project to use trees to promote the health of the Spokane-Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer has wrapped up, with new trees planted, a blueprint for where to plant more, a boost for a Hayden program that uses poplar trees to drink up treated wastewater, and various efforts to promote forest health throughout the North Idaho-Spokane region. “Knowing how trees could benefit the aquifer, we had a really unique opportunity,” said Mary Fritz, program planning specialist for the Idaho Department of Lands in Coeur d’Alene.

The department secured a $300,000 federal grant, which was matched with local funds from an array of agencies including the Idaho department and the Washington Department of Natural Resources; cities, utilities, private landowners, the Washington State University Extension, Spokane County Conservation District and more. You can read my full story here at

Clearwater collaborative forest plan makes list of 10 funding finalists

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — A federal advisory council has selected a northern Idaho proposal by conservationists, loggers and others aimed at restoring forests and streams on 1.4 million acres of the Clearwater and Nez Perce national forests. The Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program advisory committee on Thursday selected the plan by the Clearwater Basin Collaborative as one of 10 plans accepted around the nation to be considered for approval by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, the Lewiston Tribune reported. If approved, the plan could provide up to $40 million over 10 years in northern Idaho to thin forests, remove old logging roads, fight noxious weeds, and restore fish and wildlife habitat. Republican Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho says the plan would create 300 good-paying jobs while improving the land and habitat in the region.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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