Neighbors oppose Idaho plan to log cedar grove
LAKE PEND OREILLE, Idaho — Idaho officials are considering logging a 40-acre grove of cedar trees to generate extra revenue, but they’re facing opposition from nearby residents.
The Spokesman-Review reports that the Idaho Department of Fish and Game thinks it could raise several hundred thousand dollars by selling timber from the trees near Lake Pend Oreille in North Idaho.
The agency’s Coeur d’Alene manager, Chip Corsi, says that money would stay in the region and could be tapped for other projects.
About 50 people who live near the grove have signed a petition asking Fish and Game to reconsider cutting down the cedars, which range from 80 to 120 years old.
Jeff Pennick, a retired forester with the U.S. Forest Service, says the cedars are healthy and would be stable for at least another 200 to 300 years.