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Idaho pitches plan to restore native vegetation at Farragut State Park

STATE PARKS – A more natural view toward Lake Pend Oreille could be in the works to greet visitors to the popular Jokulhlaup lookout in Farragut State Park.

The Idaho Fish and Game Department is planning to restore the view shed and the adjacent ponderosa pine habitat on property the agency manages at Farragut State Park and Wildlife Management Area.

An open house to discuss the project and take public comments is set for 6:30 to 7:30 p.m on Aug. 17 at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game Regional Office, 2885 W. Kathleen Ave. in Coeur d’Alene.

The project includes removing trees and brush from 5 acres to restore the view shed at Jokulhlaup lookout near Blackwell point. Shade tolerant trees and dense brush would be removed from approximately 8 acres of Ponderosa Pine forests.

Wildfires would have done this job naturally in the years before the region was developed.

Read on for details.

The plan seeks to create forest stands that are diverse in composition and reflect historic stand conditions and wildlife habitat.

The Jokulhlaup lookout point is a popular park visitor attraction providing spectacular views of Lake Pend Oreille. Regeneration of brush and young trees is increasingly obstructing views at the lookout point. Fish and Game officials say the State Parks Department has requested they remove encroaching vegetation and over-seed the area with site adapted native grasses.

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