Northern Idaho Wildlife Habitat Protected From Development

Mar 16, 2015

About 750 acres in northern Idaho that's habitat for grizzly bears and other wildlife has been preserved through a federal grant purchase.

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The Spokesman-Review reports that a family last month sold the development rights to the land along the Kootenai River north of Bonners Ferry for $798,000.

The grant money through the federal Forest Legacy Program is intended to protect habitat for wildlife while also providing recreation for visitors and allowing logging to continue.

The Hubbard family donated a portion of the lands' development value that was assessed at more than $1 million.

The same federal program in December bought development rights for $4.1 million to about 6,900 acres in the McArthur Lake corridor between Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry that's owned by Stimson Lumber.