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Proposed conservation forest topic at Friday’s meeting

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POLSON — Jim Simpson, chairman of the Lake County Conservation District and retired forester, will be the featured speaker at the Friday, Feb. 10 meeting of the Lake County Pachyderm Club. He will describe the proposed establishment of a 60,000-acre Conservation Forest on U.S. Forest Service land in the Swan Valley, all within the boundaries of the LCCD and Lake County.

The land within the proposed Conservation Forest would continue to be owned by the U.S. government, and the people of the U.S. will continue to have the right to all lawful uses of these forest lands. However, all net revenues generated from proactively managing the Conservation Forest will be invested in conservation work in Lake County.

LCCD has been studying the feasibility of establishing a Conservation Forest for about four years; the next step is information gathering. Simpson will describe the allowed uses of a Conservation Forest versus the current uses of the study area, its boundaries and flora and fauna, as well as the watersheds involved, and projected income. He welcomes questions about the project.

The meeting begins at noon, adjourns at 1 p.m., and is held in the Rural Polson Fire Department Building, 25 Regatta Road, Polson.

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