Our goal is to 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:
Altered Fire Regimes
Harmful Insects and Diseases
Reduced Stand Diversity
Inadequate Stand Stocking
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:
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.