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Conservation group buys 165,000 acres of Plum Creek timberlands in effort to keep land wild

Conservation group buys 165,000 acres of Plum Creek timberlands in effort to keep land wild | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

A decades-old effort to protect traditional wildlife corridors and public access to western forests is getting a huge boost in Washington and Montana by an international conservation group.

The Nature Conservancy is buying 48,000 acres of forest land from Plum Creek Timber on the east slope of Washington’s Cascade Mountains for long-term conservation along with 117,000 acres in the Blackfoot River Valley of Western Montana.

Announced last week, the $49 million purchase in Washington includes all of the timber company’s holdings from Snoqualmie Pass to Cle Elum – about 75 square miles scattered among state and national forest lands – along both sides of the Interstate 90 corridor.

As part of the same deal, the conservation nonprofit will pay $85 million for the private timberland in Montana.

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Plum Creek to salvage 7,000 acres burned by Lolo Complex fire

Plum Creek to salvage 7,000 acres burned by Lolo Complex fire | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

Most of the forest burned in the Lolo Creek Complex fire belonged to Plum Creek Timber Co., which hopes to recover what it can of the blackened trees this fall.


“Of the almost 11,000 acres involved, we have just over 7,000 acres within the boundary of that fire,” Plum Creek Northwest regional vice president Tom Ray said. “We will be down there next week to take a look and see what’s salvageable. The company had periodically been harvesting on those lands over the past decade, and we had future harvest planned there. That’s going to change.”

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“We’ll also look at what we can do for reforestation,” Ray said. “In some places, we may have natural reseeding coming back. Other places, we’ll look at what we can we do to restore those lands. Aerial reseeding is still a viable option in large fire areas. We have a seed bank of excess seed on hand, if we have large events we need to reforest.”

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Plum Creek to sell 117,000 acres at Placid Lake, Gold Creek to Nature Conservancy

Plum Creek to sell 117,000 acres at Placid Lake, Gold Creek to Nature Conservancy | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

Plum Creek Timber Co. has agreed to sell about 117,000 acres around Placid Lake and the Gold Creek drainage northeast of Missoula to the Nature Conservancy for $134 million.

“They are among the most ecologically diverse and intact biological systems remaining in the United States,” Plum Creek spokeswoman Kate Tate said in a written release on Monday afternoon. The deal also includes 48,000 acres on both sides of Interstate 90 between Snoqualmie Pass and Ellensburg in western Washington, in the heart of the Cascades Mountain Range.

The land will be transferred in two phases. The first should close by the fourth quarter of 2014, while the second will close in the first quarter of 2015.

The Nature Conservancy partnered with Plum Creek to transfer 310,000 acres to public and conservation ownership in the Montana Legacy Project which finished in 2010.

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Stimson sells 28K acres in Kootenai River valley into conservation easement

Stimson sells 28K acres in Kootenai River valley into conservation easement | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it
A conservation project on 28,000 acres of prime wildlife habitat in northwest Montana’s lower Kootenai River valley offers permanent access and protection to tracts of land with high conservation values, while continuing to support recreation...
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