Conservation

U.S. Forest Service

People in northeast Washington are weighing in on a proposal to add new wilderness areas to the Colville National Forest. Some support the idea, others are wary.

The proposal is part of the management plan for the Colville National Forest that was released two years ago. It calls for designating 61 thousand acres as wilderness. That means it would be essentially off limits to motorized travel, with a few exceptions.

That concerns Merrill Ott, a former Stevens County commissioner who represents the Tri-County Motorized Recreation Association.

The Coeur d’Alene tribe is hoping to revive the number of cutthroat trout in Lake Coeur d’Alene, by moving a predator fish to another part of the lake.

So far, the numbers seem to indicate the process is working.

The Coeur d’Alene tribe is in the 3rd year of a program of moving Northern Pike from one section of the lake to another.

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There is an effort to amend the Wilderness Act to allow one form of mechanized transportation into pristine areas.  Conservation groups are lining up against the idea.