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The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests has completed and will soon be accepting public comment on a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) for the Clear Creek Integrated Restoration Project, located approximately five air miles southeast of Kooskia.

After a summer of learning about trail maintenance, handling tools, and fire safety, the Orofino Clearwater Basin Youth Conservation Corps Crew saved their own hometown from a fire. Orofino CBYCC Crew Members Jacob Strahan, Sam Naden, Arden Rueben, Christian Norman, Malachi Kirk and their Crew Leader Brandi Bundy were on their way back from the End of Season CBYCC BBQ at the Big Eddy Marina on August 2nd when they spotted a small smoke plume on Ahsahka Beach. The crew pulled over to investigate the smoke and found a fire. The crew grabbed shovels from their truck and extinguished the flames.

The Grangeville Farmers’ Market would like to thank everyone for their support and a wonderful, although rainy, opening day! Friday, June 29, come out to the Elks Burger Night beginning at 5 p.m. The generosity of the Elks community support is sponsoring the Farmers’ Market’s Grub Club on this date. All proceeds will go to the children’s program.

March 20 is National Agriculture Day – a day designated each year by the Agriculture Council of America (ACA) to celebrate the accomplishments of agriculture. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) joins the council in thanking American agricultural producers, especially in Idaho, for their contributions to the nation’s outstanding quality of life.

A public meeting has been scheduled April 11 regarding a draft environmental impact statement proposing timber harvest 17 miles southeast of Grangeville. According to the document released March 9, known as the Hungry Ridge Restoration Project DEIS, the work would “restore a more diverse and resilient forest structure, with a range of age clases, size classes, habitat complexity and disturbance patterns that more closely emulate the results of natural disturbance.”

I looked closer at the photo of the elk herd that I submitted for the article and saw two more bulls, albeit smaller than the other one. For those of you who know me well, I like house plants but don’t have a green thumb. All my many house plants are “survivors.” My husband gave me a couple of those small Phalaenopsis Orchid several years ago

I see in the local newspapers where the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests have adopted a travel plan and some wilderness areas. Some of the other forests have already done this. To me, this is nothing more than power and control over the general recreational public, mainly the senior citizens who developed the forest to what it is today.