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Williams Creek Project to Restore 1,600 Acres of Forest in Valley County


  • Boise National Forest
Along the north fork of the Payette River from Banks to Smiths Ferry west of Highway 55, stretches a forest thick with ponderosa pine and western larch. According to the U.S. Forest Service, though, those woods are diseased.

"Without remediation, risk rating information predicted that at least 25 percent of the forest within this project area would die over a 15-year time frame due to insects and disease," said Boise National Forest Supervisor Cecilia Seesholtz in a news release

The project Seeshotlz is referring to is known as the Williams Creek Project and within the last week, she granted permission for restoration to begin. The project will treat almost 1,600 forested acres to reduce risk of insect and disease-caused mortality among the trees, as well as improve wildlife habitat and promote the development of large trees like the ponderosa pine and western large.

The commercial thinning and fuel reduction activities will provide around 11.5 million board-feet of wood to help create jobs and stimulate the local economy as well.

The ultimate goal of the project is to create forest resiliency. Work on the project could begin as early as this summer. The full project decision can be found here.