Forest Managers are very careful about wildlife and other forest resources.
Timber harvests are planned around sensitive mating and calving times.
Forest managers also work with State Fish and Game officials to enhance
and protect fish and wildlife habitat. For example, some logging roads
are closed and reseeded following harvest. This protects soil and reduces
disturbance to wildlife.
Special rules and laws to protect water quality require that stands
of trees along the banks of creeks and streams remain as streamside buffer
areas. These areas help protect fish spawning beds, keep the water cool,
and provide cover and habitat for birds and wildlife. Idaho has a law that
protects the water in Idaho's forests. It's called the Forest Practices
Act and helps implement one of the toughest pieces of environmental legislation
in the country, the Clean Water Act. Under the Act, Idaho forestry professionals
and forest resource companies work together to develop "Best Management
Practices" that are designed to prevent environmental damage.
Managing to Restore and Improve Forest Health
Where species and sites allow, older, diseased and insect-prone trees
are removed to give younger, stronger trees room to grow. In many cases,
this improves wildlife habitat, too. Treating the forest by thinning, harvesting,
replanting with stringer, disease-resistant trees, and managing fuels can
all help keep a forest alive and healthy.
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