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On Friday, the Inland Empire Paper Company received an award from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. For the past 15 years IEP has methodically evaluated and overhauled much of its road infrastructure, said Ken McNamee, the northeast regional manager for the Department of Natural Resources.
North Idaho forests are burning this year, and despite controversy over management of federal lands, the fires are paying no attention to whether it’s private, state or federal land they gobble up. In fact, two of the state’s most destructive fires, the Cape Horn fire that burned six homes near Bayview and the Clearwater Complex that destroyed 42 homes in Kamiah, have burned largely on private, tribal or state land – in the Cape Horn case, land owned by a private timber company, Stimson Lumber.
SANDPOINT — A draft forest management plan is recommending making more than 25,000 acres of the Scotchman Peaks area in northern Idaho part of a protected wilderness zone.
A new documentary about collaboration on the Colville National Forest will be shown tonight at the Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St., in Spokane.
The grinder sucked in lodgepole pine branches. It chewed them up and spit out wood chips. About two dozen logging contractors watched Monday as the Bruks mobile grinder, a Swedish- made machine, consumed a two-story-high slash pile on Bunco Road near Silverwood Theme Park. The chips will be trucked to a Lewiston pulp mill and burned for power generation.
March will go out like a flame in the Sandpoint Ranger District. The district is planning controlled burns at seven areas to improve wildlife habitat and reduce fire hazard from logging slash.
Kootenai County Commissioners Tuesday took a step toward management of federal lands when they passed a resolution to preserve old rights of way in the national forest. The commissioners voted unanimously for the resolution, which invokes the county's authority over forest roads or trails that were built between 1866 and 1907.
Millions of dollars in campaign contributions from the timber industry helped doom proposals in Congress this year to cut off spending for construction of logging roads in national forests, Common Cause said Tuesday. The more than $8 million in contributions since 1991 includes a significant increase the past two years in "soft money" checks given to the Democratic and Republicans parties, which then transfer money to individual candidates, said the nonprofit consumer watchdog group.
The U.S. Forest Service is developing new logging policies to reduce landslides, protect municipal watersheds and limit timber harvests in parts of national forests without roads, Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman said Friday. The proposal also would obliterate many existing logging roads and convert others to trails, Glickman said in a letter to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.
In theory it seemed so visionary: Ecosystems are interconnected. So, federal management of ecosystems should be interconnected, too. Take an ecosystem the size of France, study its condition, write a plan to manage it, and, wheee. Salmon, loggers and Sierra-Clubbers all live happily ever after, guided by The Plan. Thirty-five million dollars later, the Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Project has produced two things:
The Inland Empire Public Lands Council showed its true colors last week. Claiming it has been forced to the wall by a corrupt political system (read, Republicans) and an unresponsive federal government, John Osborn's group called for an end to commercial logging in our national forests. In doing so, the council joined the Sierra Club at the fringe of the timber debate - and showed how unconcerned it is about sawmill closures and lost jobs. In fact, the council had the audacity to stage its announcement near the gates of a local sawmill closed by Crown Pacific three years ago. Apparently, council leaders are thrilled that the old sawmill has been converted into an industrial park. The millworkers who lost their jobs in 1994 probably aren't as thrilled.
Four proposed changes in state logging laws will be aired in public hearings around the state beginning with a meeting in Sandpoint tonight. The Idaho Department of Lands will conduct a public hearing at the Federal Building, 1500 Highway 2, beginning at 7 p.m.
Recent focus on the future of Idaho's roadless lands has resurrected an issue critical to thousands of Idahoans and hundreds of communities dependent on national forest resources. It reveals the need to explain how we came to this point of "roadless limbo" and how many Idahoans will be affected if we don't resolve the issue. The future of many rural communities and hard-working individuals is tied to the future of roadless areas. To understand this, you must recognize the important role national forests play in providing forest resources in our state. While forests cover more than 40 percent of Idaho, only some areas qualify as productive timberlands where timber management and other activities are part of a regulated land management plan.
Reigniting a dispute over intentional burning of national forests, Rep. Bob Smith of Oregon wants the Forest Service to stop setting fires in the West during the three hottest summer months. But agency officials say they have no immediate plans to back off their increased use of controlled burns as a way to clear dead timber and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires.
Smokey Bear isn't going to like this. That's what Rep. Dale Kildee was thinking as Forest Service officials explained why they intend to set fires at several national forests this year. "When I grew up, fire was always the enemy of the forest. Now it's a friend?" the Democrat from suburban Detroit asked during a congressional hearing this month.
It is taking longer than expected to carry out President Clinton's Northwest forest plan, partly because of lingering tensions as the region moves away from dependence on logging, a government report said Wednesday. But overall, the 10-year plan dropping logging levels to one-fourth the annual average of the 1980s is off to a "measurable start," said the report to Clinton and the Congress by the Agriculture Department's Office of Forestry and Economic Assistance based in Portland, Ore. Progress is being made in restoring key fish and wildlife habitat, and unemployment for the entire region is at its lowest in two decades, the report said.