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Clean up at Little North Fork

Will Young looks for signs of washout as he tramps along an old U.S. Forest Service road.

It’s been years since logging trucks last lumbered down this dirt road, which gradually fades into an alder thicket. The road no longer serves either the timber industry or the public, but it’s still belching sediment into a nearby creek.

“You can see the erosion from the site,” said Young, an aquatics specialist for the Idaho Panhandle National Forests, pointing to deep gullies in the roadbed. “That’s what we’re after.”

An unexpected $1.8 million appropriation will help Forest Service officials improve water quality in the Little North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River watershed, a popular recreation area northeast of Coeur d’Alene. The work targets eroding, impassible roads and plugged culverts. Becky Kramer, SR

How familiar are you with the Little North Fork area?

USFS Finds Unsafe Trees Near Priest

Beaver Creek Campground at the northwest end of Priest Lake has been closed today and visitors are being evacuated after Forest Service inspectors discovered more than 40 hazardous trees that must be removed for visitor safety. The Beaver Creek boat launch and canoe portage areas northeast of Nordman are outside of the campground and will remain open, officials said, but the campground closure will continue through one of the most popular camping weekends of the year. The inspections were ordered after a Sandpoint man was killed by a 200-foot-tall tree that fell on his tent in Stagger Inn Campground during a severe thunderstorm on Sunday night. Kyle L. Garrett, 48, was killed by the uprooted tree northwest of Priest Lake. A 52-year-old woman was injured and treated for non-life threatening injuries/Rich Landers, SR. More here.

Question: Do you consider the safety of your surroundings when picking a camping spot?

Idaho Seeks Takeover Of Fed Lands

Federal lands belong to every U.S.  citizen, but the Idaho Legislature is attempting, and perhaps wasting a lot of time and money, to take charge of lands managed by the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and other federal agencies. On Friday, Aug. 9, the Idaho Legislature’s Federal Lands Interim Committee will hold its first hearing to consider a process for the controversial proposal to acquire title to all federally administered public lands in Idaho. The Interim Committee was established through House Concurrent Resolution 22, enacted by the Idaho Legislature in April demanding that the federal government “imminently transfer title” to more than 33 million acres of public lands in Idaho/Rich Landers, SR. More here.

Question: Will these grandsons of the Sagebrush Rebels ever learn?

Falling Tree Kills Moscow Firefighter

In this June 9, 2010, photo, Anne Veseth of Moscow talks about going to college to learn auto mechanics in Lewiston, Idaho. The 20-year-old U.S. Forest Service firefighter died after she was struck by a falling tree in north-central Idaho, highlighting the dangerous jobs crews have as at least a dozen blazes continue to burn across the state. Veseth was killed on Sunday while helping extinguish the 43-acre Steep Corner fire near Orofino. She was killed when one tree fell and crashed into another tree, causing it to topple, too. John Miller AP story here. (AP Photo/Lewiston Tribune, Kyle Mills)

Kerri Sandaine of the Lewiston Tribune penned this story about Anne Veseth during final days at Moscow High in June 2010: Between her scholarships and 3.9 grade point average, Anne Veseth has the tools and drive to succeed in just about any career she chooses. As she heads into the final lap of high school, the Moscow senior has made her decision. “Auto mechanic. I really want to fix my car if it has any problems,” said the 18-year-old Moscow native. “I knew I didn't want to sit and stare at a computer all day. This will allow me to work with my hands, and it's a skill I can use all of my life.” More here.

Thoughts?

USFS OKs Jesus Statue Permit

Freshmen at the University of Montana, from left, Jake Coburn, Stephanie Ralls and Claire Dal Nogare, visit a statue of Jesus Christ at Whitefish Mountain Resort Whitefish, Mont. The U.S. Forest Service said today it will re-authorize a permit for this 57-year-old statue of Jesus that had been facing eviction from this northwestern Montana ski resort. Story here. (AP/Missoulian file photo, Linda Thompson, File)

Land Swap May Limit McCroskey Use

Item: USFS land swap with timber company could end some public use of McCroskey Park/Ralph Bartholdt, St. Maries Gazette-Record

More Info: A park in southern Benewah County could lose its quiet composure if the Forest Service strikes a deal with a Clearwater timber company. The roads and trails that wind through Mary Minerva McCroskey State Park south of Tensed jog back and forth from state to federal land, but the federal parcels may be turned over to a timber company as part of a land exchange; something a group of park lovers don’t want.

Question: Does this sound like a good deal to you?

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