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WSU/Pend Oreille Extension introduced the Sense of Place series in 1999, with a focus on local landscape and natural history of Pend Oreille County, Washington. A partnership with the Kalispel Tribe of Indians Natural Resources Department has allowed us to expand this program through EPA funding to include more classes, a newsletter and this website.

Forest Roads

by Peter Griessman

With a potential price tag of over $20,000 per mile, the construction of a forest road will likely constitute a substantial investment in your property. Once constructed, roads can be a substantial asset for future access, fire protection, and an eventual forest harvest operation. If not properly constructed and maintained, however, a forest road can be a pain in the wallet as road repair costs can break the bank.

Newly enacted state mandates for forest road maintenance can also add to a forest landowners’ cost of doing business. If a road is seen as contributing to off-site erosion and shows signs of affecting fish water quality and or passage, a landowner can face substantial costs for upgrade and repairs. Having the right information and applying current state road building and maintenance guidelines can save a forest landowner many dollars.

For practical, current road building information, attend Working with Forest Roads, a class offered at two Northeast Washington locations through WSU Cooperative Extension. This class includes slide presentations on road maintenance issues, followed by a short field trip to see first-hand the importance and value of proper road up-keep. Registration is $5. Call 447-2401 or 684-2588 to pre-register or for more information. Insufficient pre-registration may cause class cancellation. You can also get more information online at http://stevens.wsu.edu.

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