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Idaho, Forest Service partner to plant trees on private land

19,500 Douglas fir seedlings to be planted
Posted: 3:38 AM, Apr 19, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-19 05:38:11-04

OROFINO, Idaho — Money generated from an Idaho partnership with the U.S. Forest Service involving timber sales on federal land is being used for the first time on private land for wildfire restoration work.

The Idaho Department of Lands and the Forest Service in a news release this week say 19,500 Douglas fir seedlings will be planted on 65 acres (26 hectares) in the Lolo Creek drainage in northern Idaho near Orofino.

Catastrophic wildfires scorched the region in 2015.

An agreement between Idaho and the Forest Service called the Good Neighbor Authority allows Idaho workers to assist on timber sales on Forest Service land.

Salvage timber sales from the burned area generated money for landscape-scale restoration that includes federal, state and private lands.