A 40-acre grove of cedar trees near Lake Pend Oreille could be logged next summer to generate cash for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, reports S-R reporter Becky Kramer. With western red cedar prices trending near all-time highs, Fish and Game expects to bring in several hundred thousand dollars on the timber sale. That’s money that stays in North Idaho and can be tapped for other projects, said Chip Corsi, the agency’s regional manager in Coeur d’Alene.
But people who live near the grove are questioning why a wildlife agency would cut down 80- to 120-year old cedars. About 50 people have signed a petition asking Fish and Game to reconsider the sale. You can read Kramer's full story here at spokesman.com.