We flew over lands within the Middle Fork Clearwater-Selway Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project. The project includes watershed restoration, fuels management, timber harvest, weed treatments and other activities on a large-landscape level. The project was developed by the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest and the Clearwater Basin Collaborative and selected to receive $40 million in Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP) funding over 10 years.
So far $8.4 million has been spent on projects in the Selway-Middle Fork area to conduct weed treatments, road restoration, decommissioning culvert replacements, trail maintenance, wildlife habitat improvements, fuels reduction and pre-commercial thinning, native plant restoration and monitoring.
Then we flew over to Meadow Creek, which has been a priority for conservation interests for over 50 years. It is one of the most important salmon streams in Idaho and has a long history of settlement by the Nez Perce Tribe. The Southern Nez Perce Trail passes through this area. It borders the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness Area. Under the Clearwater Basin Collaborative's proposal, the eastern portion would be designated as Wilderness and the western portion would be designated a special management area to protect the ecological integrity of the watershed.