In need of funds to build more recreation trails, the north Idaho city of Rathdrum is preparing for a selective timber harvest—its first in more than a decade—to generate at least $300,000.
The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that the city could earn as much as $400,000 in the harvest of 575 acres on Rathdrum Mountain, behind the town. Officials estimated that lumber prices could go higher than $400 per 1,000 board feet.
The Press reports that the nonprofit group Friends of Rathdrum Mountain supported the sale, saying the harvest could help clean up the area and prevent disease.
Hansen Timber Management has been contracted by Rathdrum for the operation and has moved forward with marking trees for the harvest.
"(Hansen) is careful to identify only those damaged or diseased trees whose removal will improve the overall health of the forest," Jim Ochenkoski of the Friends of Rathdrum Mountain, told the Press. "Citizens will be hard-pressed to see any evidence of his selective logging except for a more robust and fire-resistant stand of trees."