A Walk in the (Charred) Woods

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On June 16, BW tagged along on one of the Idaho Conservation League’s hikes through the Secesh National Forest and to Loon Lake, an hour outside of McCall.

In the July 4 edition of Boise Weekly, we take a look at the landscape—a surprising twist from pristine wilderness into black and charred forest—as well as the passion for this land, burned or not, that hike leader Mike Medberry fights to preserve.

“I spent an enormous amount of my time explaining why it should be protected. It’s not really about whether it’s burned or not burned. It’s the value of the place to a person,” Medberry said. “The dead trees are just going to fall and replenish the land.”

The 9-mile hike took three hikers along a lush creek, through large, grassy meadows, to the edge of a marshy lake, through burned forest, and beside the raging Secesh River.

And look for the full article with insight on burn forest and more information on ICL’s summer hiking program on Wednesday.

For a slideshow from that hike, click here.