It's a scene that may take some getting used to for conservationists: On a hillside, a mechanized tractor methodically cuts every tree of a certain size, the first part in a process that will end in paper and pulp and furniture and home supplies.
The sustainably harvested forest that is the setting for this scene--and similar forests around the Idaho Panhandle--are part of the The Nature Conservancy's vision for North Idao to protect lands and waters for everything from kokanee salmon to grizzly bears, from ducks to moose.
And what will change if The Nature Conservancy's vision becomes a reality?
Not much at all. Timber harvest, clearcuts and all.
The Conservancy's work around North Idaho involves keeping working forests working.
Grizzly bears and other wildlife can survive with forest harvesting, but they can't move, migrate, hide or feed when confronted with housing developments, roads and other intensive human activity.
With your help, the Conservancy is protecting North Idaho forests, for people and nature: