Nature Conservancy hopes to preserve N. Idaho forest, logging
BONNERS FERRY, Idaho (AP) -- A national environmental group acquired a half of a square mile of moose, elk and bear habitat in northern Idaho in hopes of helping restore its natural qualities before selling it to a private buyer who would be allowed to continue sustainable timber harvests.
The Nature Conservancy announced Thursday it acquired a ponderosa pine, Douglas fir and hardwood forest at the foot of Hall Mountain in northern Boundary County, not far from the Canadian border.
The group plans to do restoration projects.
After that, it would place a conservation easement on the property that allows for sustainable timber harvests before selling the 317-acre parcel located next to publicly owned land.
Officials with the group called the transaction a "win-win situation" for the local resource-based economy and the region's wildlife.