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Timber Company and Environmentalists Reach Deal

Ruby de Luna
11/15/2002

It’s not often that environmentalists and logging companies are on the same side. But in one of the biggest land conservation deals in the U.S., former enemies are becoming partners. KUOW’s Ruby de Luna reports.

THE NON-PROFIT GROUP THE TRUST FOR PUBLIC LAND IS IN THE BUSINESS OF DOING REAL ESTATE DEALS FOR CONSERVATION. RECENTLY THE GROUP AGREED TO PAY SPOKANE-BASED POTLATCH CORPORATION AROUND 40 MILLION DOLLARS TO PRESERVE NEARLY 600-THOUSAND ACRES OF TIMBERLAND IN IDAHO. THE COMPANY WILL CONTINUE LOGGING, BUT USING SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES, SAYS THE TRUSTS’ DAVID GENTER… And by committing to these conservation timberland agreements, they are voluntarily restricting their rights to the land for compensation at this time and this is a perpetual agreement. GENTER SAYS THE DEAL WILL PROTECT WIDLIFE HABITAT AND SAVE LOCAL JOBS WITH ONE OF THE REGION’S BIGGEST EMPLOYERS. IT ALSO SAVES A MASSIVE PIECE OF LAND FROM FUTURE SPRAWL. IT’S ESTIMATED THAT SOME 2 MILLION ACRES OF FOREST AND FARMLAND ARE LOST TO DEVELOPMENT EACH YEAR. GENTER SAYS THERE’S A GROWING TREND OF COLLABORATION BETWEEN ENVIRONMENTALISTS AND LOGGERS TO ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS. I’M RUBY DE LUNA KUOW NEWS.

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