Forest Lands

Preserve and restore forest productivity on private and public lands while providing voluntary opportunities for the long-term preservation of working forest lands in Latah County

Forest Land Preservation

Forest lands contribute to the local economy through jobs in timber extraction, the processing of lumber, and the manufacture of wood-based products. Forest lands provide opportunities for recreational activities, such as hiking, hunting, camping, fishing, photography, bird-watching, cross-country skiing, mushroom-gathering, and snowmobiling, and related economic inputs. Less tangible values of open space, wildlife diversity and scenic beauty are also supported by Latah County’s forest lands.

We aim to preserve working forest lands within Latah County through the implementation of voluntary strategies that support sustainable timber extraction consistent with natural processes and the protection of water quality and habitat for fish and wildlife by addressing the following limiting factors:

Soil Erosion

Altered Fire Regimes

Harmful Insects and Diseases

Invasive Plants

Reduced Stand Diversity

Inadequate Stand Stocking

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Forest Productivity

There are an estimated 402,300 acres of forest land in Latah County (over one-half of the county’s acreage). Timber has been harvested in the area since 1870. The productivity of Latah County forests has declined due to high mortality of western white pine caused by the introduction of blister rust. In addition, fire suppression and ongoing mortality, coupled with insects and disease, have increased fuel loads beyond natural accumulations and changed the frequency and intensity of fire.

We aim to protect and enhance forest conditions that maintain ecosystem functions and processes, support water quality, and provide for habitat and species diversity, while enhacing the future production potential of private forests by addressing the following limiting factors:

Resource Conflicts

Unsustainable Harvest

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Support for Forestry Education

Every year Latah Soil and Water Conservation District donates to the Idaho State Forestry Contest.  To learn more about this educational program click here.

The University of Idaho Forestry Extension has many programs and workshops available for Forestry Stewardship, Logging Education, and more.  Their educational programs and workshops are designed to increase the knowledge base that Idaho’s forestland owners and managers use to plan and implement natural resource management activities.  To learn more about these programs, click here.