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Field Trip Suggestion - Logging Infrastructure

Dennis Murphy
Thu, 19 Mar 2020 18:07:23 GMT

Chris Clark emailed a timely suggestion for a field trip: >Potential field trip subject I want to share while it's on my mind: >Mahon Logging from Council has the last skyline logging system available in southwest Idaho. Mahon recently indicated that his skyline equipment is for sale. Brown Brothers Logging from Emmett no longer use their skyline logging equipment and may have sold it too. I feel it is important that the PFC members recognize the need to retain skyline logging equipment in southwest Idaho, and other needs to keep this logging system operational in our region. Consequently, I suggest that the PFC do a field review with Mark Mahon and observe his active skyline logging equipment, and discuss how we can help reverse this trend.

Fri, 20 Mar 2020 22:58:45 GMT

So we have everything in one place, I'll add potential topics from yesterday's meeting: o Personal trails around Payette Lake near Bear Basin and inviting landowners and people/groups active in using these trails as well as planning the loop trail around lake. o Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and Shared Stewardship, see treatments on private land and understand funding programs for treatment on private land via NRCS. Invite landowners, Soil Conservation District, landowners. o Revisit Mesa Fire and discuss how it changed fire behavior. o Wildland Urban Interface in New Meadows, discuss different types of treatments, where done and what look like, ways to link landowners to treatment funding. Involve landowners, NRCS, County.

Sun, 22 Mar 2020 12:30:54 GMT

I support Chris's suggested additional candidate topic. Our ability is pretty limited to treat some areas of the forest that need treating. Allowing PFC members to see an actual skyline operation first hand could help our future project recommendation process

Wed, 25 Mar 2020 21:33:08 GMT

I would like to see how a skyline system works. Has anyone talked to Mahon about why he's selling his equipment?