Decision signed on Buckskin Saddle

Sandpoint District Ranger Jessie Berner has signed the final decision for the Buckskin Saddle Integrated Restoration Project on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests.

The project is designed to increase the health and resilience of the forests in the project area against insects, disease, drought, and the undesirable effects from wildfires. Especially important to local citizens is the reduction of hazardous fuels near private land, access – egress routes, and powerlines.

The project will allow for vegetation management on a total of 19,474 acres and activities would include about 13,005 acres of commercial timber harvest and approximately 6,469 acres of noncommercial harvest and fuels reduction.

The Buckskin Saddle Integrated Restoration Project area is approximately 50,663 acres in size, situated on the east side of Lake Pend Oreille, south of the Clark Fork River and accessed from the town of Clark Fork.

“We look forward to implementing these restoration treatments within the Buckskin Saddle project area,” Berner said. “We’ve designed the treatments to enhance and restore vegetation communities, address hazardous fuels, repair old roads, and reduce sources of road sediment to benefit water quality and aquatic habitat. We really appreciate the public and collaborative support throughout the project planning and development phases. This is a great example of working together to make our local communities safer from wildfire risk and improving forest health.”

With the final decision signed, the Sandpoint Ranger District will now begin planning for implementation of the Buckskin Saddle Integrated Restoration Vegetation project. The first road improvement activities are planned for the fall of 2021 in the Johnson and Granite Creek drainages.

More information about the project, including the final decision and other planning documents, are available online here.

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