Credit: Inland Empire Paper Company
The south easternmost corner of the area marked in green on this aerial photo of the area recently bought by Inland Empire Paper Company east of Kooskia is located approximately 11 air miles east of Kooskia.
As of Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Inland Empire Paper Company (IEP) recently purchased approximately 4,500 acres of land previously owned by Bennett Forest Industries near Kooskia, the company announced in a July 3 press release. Inland Empire Paper is a private timber company and paper mill located in Spokane, Wash. The company was founded in 1911 and has since acquired more than 120,000 acres of timberland in both Idaho and Washington. The company prides itself on sustainability managing their forest lands for long-term resource conservation.
“I’m looking forward to managing this forestland, because I cut my teeth working in the woods near Kooskia many years ago.” said Paul Buckland, IEP’s Forest Resource Manager. “It really inspired me to become a forester.”
The newly acquired land near Kooskia will not be open to the public for recreation, however. Many of the roads that access this timberland cross other private properties that have experienced damage from unmanaged public recreation.
“I’ve spoken with several of our new neighbors that have expressed frustration with road and gate damage from hunters and ATVs” said Buckland. “We want to cooperate with our neighbors.”
This land closure is an effort to reduce road damage, minimize wildfire danger, and help protect neighboring landowners’ property rights. The area will be monitored and patrolled on a regular basis by IEP foresters and security personnel with Quality Services, Inc.
IEP “looks forward to being a part of the Kooskia and Kamiah communities and building positive relationships with its neighbors.”
The Free Press published the above information on the idahocountyfreepress.com website on July 3.
On July 12, the Clearwater Progress reported additional details of Mr. Buckland’s background and identified one of the patchwork of plots IEP purchased is a 1,000-acre tract known as The Horn.
The Free Press has since learned the total of 4,500 acres has two main components. According to the Idaho County Assessor’s Office, IEP purchased approximately 1,236 acres from Bennett Forest Industries in January, and an IEP “sister company,” Centennial Properties, Inc., also of Spokane, bought 3,227 acres from Bennett Forest Industries in December 2017.