Between 2012-16, the Kootenai Forest Stakeholders Coalition provided local wisdom and professional insights to help the Kootenai Forest shape land management projects that provide raw material for wood products, and improve forest conditions and wildlife habitat. These collaborative projects have produced improved on-the-ground results and are able to avoid or withstand litigation.
2012 Sparring Bulls
1,035 acres mechanically treated on the Three Rivers Ranger District
9 MMBF (million board feet)
Goals: Restore huckleberry and other shrub species to provide food for big game and other wildlife, including elk and grizzly bear.
2013 South Fork Fuels Reduction
927 acres mechanically treated on Three Rivers Ranger District
5.5 million board feet
Reduced fuels to protect Yaak community in event of wildfire; incorporated wildlife corridors into project
2008 Rocky Pine
939 acres mechanically treated on Three Rivers Ranger District
6 million board feet
Reduced the risk of destructive forest fire by reducing forest fuels and providing a safety buffer around the community and private property, while conserving old growth forest and respecting wildlife corridors.
2014 East Reservoir
92,000-acre analysis area on Libby Ranger District
39 million board feet
Provide raw materials for wood products, while reducing wildfire risk, and restoring habitat both for wildlife and fisheries.