Our nation’s forests are a valuable resource, providing thousands of products, recreational activities, wildlife habitat, and adding beauty to our surroundings. While forests are a natural ecosystem, because they are also a valuable commodity, they must be carefully managed to ensure they remain healthy and vibrant for generations.
During my Leadership Idaho Agriculture class’s first session in Moscow, in Northern Idaho we had a session on forestry in Idaho, and also had a field trip to Bennett Lumber Products in Princeton. I knew nothing about forestry, and very much enjoyed learning about Idaho’s forests and how they are managed.
In Idaho, there are about 23 million acres of forest land, including 16.6 million acres of timberland that is available for timber harvest. This is nearly 40% of Idaho’s total landmass, and the most of any state in the Union. The Federal government owns 80.5% of the forest land, and 77%…
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