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F.S. goes big in timber project

Work in Clear Creek area aims to improve forest health; it would also yield 60 million to 85 million board feet of timber and provide as many as 2,000 jobs

Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013 12:00 am

A restoration project borne out of a 5-year-old collaborative process on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest is proposing an ambitious schedule of work that could produce timber volumes not seen in decades.

A draft of the Clear Creek Environmental Impact Statement proposes to restore forests and streams in a 44,000-acre area 5 miles southeast of Kooskia through a mix of timber harvest, prescribed fire, road obliteration and culvert replacement. The harvest, which would include multiple timber sales carried out over several years, could yield 60 million to 85 million board feet of timber and sustain 1,500 to 2,000 jobs.

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