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Love forests? Express ideas at local meeting

Letter to the Editor



It is often said the world is run by people who show up. If you share a love of North Central Idaho forests and want to express your ideas about their management, make plans to show up at the public meetings being sponsored by the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest this week.

The recently-released Lolo Insect and Disease draft environmental impact statement proposes a variety of activities designed to improve forest health, provide goods and services and improve wildlife and aquatic habitats within the Lolo Creek drainage west of Kamiah. You can learn about the project at a meeting Wednesday, March 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the community center in Kooskia.

That same evening, the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest is hosting a public meeting to discuss the proposed action for the End of the World project. Located south of Grangeville, this plan is designed to reduce hazardous fuels and improve forest and watershed health. An informational meeting will be held March 7 at the Forest Service office in Grangeville from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The Clearwater Basin Collaborative, a group whose mission is to “enhance and protect the ecological and economic health of the forests, rivers and communities within the Clearwater Basin by working across a diversity of interests,” has worked with the forest on these and many other projects to ensure they address the interests and concerns of the group’s diverse membership. I believe you will find these proposals to be comprehensive, thoughtful, and responsive to the concerns of most users.

Alex Irby

co-chair

Clearwater Basin Collaborative



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