Protecting Valuable Places
Potlatch occasionally enters into formal agreements with nonprofit and governmental agencies that limit timber harvesting or development on our forestland. We offer such easements to support the recovery of a threatened or endangered species, or to preserve places and landscapes that have exceptional natural, social, or cultural value.
We are especially proud of the conservation easement we granted as part of the habitat recovery plan for the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker in Arkansas, and have granted such easements in other areas as well:
- In northern Minnesota, we granted an easement to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to help management efforts at the Dark River, a prime habitat for brook trout. In partnership with the DNR, the Fond du Lac Band, Trout Unlimited and others, we also converted timber close to the river to species less attractive to beavers, whose dams slow and warm the river's waters.
- Also in Minnesota, we have granted easements or entered into land exchanges near state parks close to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Superior National Forest. We completed the 4,800-acre Brainerd Lakes conservation easement in 2006. Our commitment to conservation spans beyond ecosystems to include historical places. In Redlake County, Minnesota, we helped preserve an historic trading post operated by the Northwest Fur Trading Company in the late 18th century.
- In Idaho, our multiyear effort in partnership with the Trust for Public Lands and the State of Idaho resulted in a 55,000-acre working forest conservation easement in the St. Joe River Basin. The St. Joe is regarded as one of the best West Slope Cutthroat fisheries. The basin is also the home of deer, elk, black bear, moose, cougar, and hundreds of non-game species.