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The U.S. Forest Service started accepting applications Monday for more than 200 seasonal jobs on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests for the 2020 summer season. Positions are available in multiple fields, including fire, recreation, natural resources, timber, engineering, visitor services and archeology.
The Idaho Panhandle National Forest has a new acting forest supervisor: Holly Jewkes. Jewkes replaces Mary Farnsworth, who recently became the deputy regional forester for the intermountain region in Ogden, Utah.
The Idaho Panhandle National Forest is asking for public comment on a proposal to increase or add fees at 11 campgrounds, 10 cabin and lookout rentals, as well as the Emerald Creek Garnet site and the Upper Landing RV dump station, according to a news release.
The cost of U.S. Forest Service maps will increase Jan. 1 for the first time in 10 years.
Officials with the Idaho Panhandle National Forest are holding a public meeting to discuss a planned prescribed burn in North Idaho.
A recent wildfire appears to have killed more ancient cedars in the Settler’s Grove north of Wallace than initially reported. Firefighters left sprinklers running in the grove as the Grizzly Complex fire advanced in mid-August. Later flights over the area showed a green canopy, leading Forest Service officials to believe that most of the centuries-old trees were spared.
Pat Hart relishes the selfless enthusiasm that volunteer trail crews bring to the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. She seldom hears volunteers grumbling, even when they’re filthy, cold and wet. “You watch these people work their butts off – and walk away happy,” said Hart, the Bonners Ferry Ranger District’s trails and recreation program leader.
Jay Lightner brought along a computer and television when he moved to the Snyder Guard Station in Idaho’s Moyie River Valley. He also packed candles, a cast iron skillet for cooking on a woodstove and a backup power generator. His new home is an old Forest Service work camp eight miles south of the Canadian border. Since May, he’s been the camp host – a volunteer position that comes with stunning scenery, a one-bedroom cabin and the potential for electrical outages.
The Idaho Panhandle National Forest has rescinded plans for harvesting timber on thousands of acres near Priest Lake pending additional environmental review. In a news release Monday, the Montana-based Alliance for the Wild Rockies said that decision resulted from a lawsuit the organization filed in October.
Lookout Pass Ski Area has submitted a $20 million expansion plan to the U.S. Forest Service that would more than quadruple its terrain over 20 years, adding eight new chairlifts, a second base area and encompassing two additional peaks. Lookout is the smallest of the Inland Northwest’s five regional ski areas. If the plan comes to fruition, Lookout’s acreage would rival the other four: Schweitzer Mountain Resort in Sandpoint, Silver Mountain Resort in Kellogg, Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park and 49 Degrees North in Chewelah.
About 25 volunteers are needed Saturday to help tend the native plant garden at the Idaho Panhandle National Forests’ Fernan office, 2502 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene.
Idaho Panhandle National Forest officials are asking for help to curb vandalism at facilities at popular recreation areas. “We are urging anyone who witnesses vandalism to report it as soon as possible,” said Randy Swick, Coeur d’Alene River District ranger. Recent vandalism includes:
Idaho Panhandle National Forest officials are asking the public to help them curb vandalism that’s already caused expensive damage to facilities at popular recreation areas.
Nearly $10 million of federal stimulus funding will help the Idaho Panhandle National Forests address a multiyear backlog of road repairs and bridge work. The grants will fix or obliterate eroding roads and update antiquated wooden bridges and will help maintain public access to popular hunting, picnicking and huckleberry-foraging areas, Forest Service officials said.