Will 1,000-year-old cedar trees near Moscow be protected?

Will 1,000-year-old cedar trees near Moscow be protected?

Credit: Brenda Guettler

A woman stares up at the massive trunk of a cedar on Moscow Mountain in this photo from the Palouse Clearwater Environmental Institute.

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on November 23, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 23 at 12:20 PM

MOSCOW, Idaho -- An official with the Palouse Land Trust says she wants to work with local residents as well as a preservation committee to save an ancient cedar grove containing trees nearly 1,000 years old on state-owned land on Moscow Mountain in northern Idaho.

Executive Director Amy Trujillo tells the Lewiston Tribune she's talked with the cedar grove advisory committee and they hope to find a permanent solution for the 295 acres managed by the Idaho Department of Lands.

Logging the grove became a possibility when Latah County commissioners earlier this week opted out of a 10-year lease with the state agency.

The state agency is obligated by law to make money from endowment land, and says the site could be sold or leased for timber harvest.

 

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