Success Stories: Projects the KFSC has supported
Starting in 2012, the KFSC provided local wisdom and professional insights to help the Kootenai National Forest shape land management projects that provide raw material for wood products, and improve forest conditions and wildlife habitat. The KFSC developed project-level teams led by local community members to collaborate on proposed outcomes for the projects, and provide cohesive, informed public comments to the Forest Service. These collaborative projects have produced improved on-the-ground results and are able to avoid or withstand litigation.
2018 Starry Goat
- Three Rivers Ranger District
- 24 million board feet, estimated timber production
- This project just reached the decision phase and will be moving through completion in 2018 and 2019.
2014 East Reservoir
- 92,000-acre analysis area on Libby Ranger District
- 39 million board feet, estimated timber production
- Goals: Provide raw materials for wood products, while reducing wildfire risk, and restoring habitat both for wildlife and fisheries.
- This project is currently undergoing litigation. The KFSC is supporting the project by intervening on behalf of the Forest Service in the lawsuit.
2013 South Fork Fuels Reduction
- 927 acres mechanically treated on Three Rivers Ranger District
- 5.5 million board feet of timber produced
- Goals: Reduced fuels to protect Yaak community in event of wildfire; incorporated wildlife corridors into project
2012 Sparring Bulls
- 1,035 acres mechanically treated on the Three Rivers Ranger District
- 9 Million Board Feet of timber produced.
- Goals: Restore huckleberry and other shrub species to provide food for big game and other wildlife, including elk and grizzly bear.
2008 Rocky Pine
- 939 acres mechanically treated on Three Rivers Ranger District
- 6 million board feet of timber produced
- 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.