Each year, the US Forest Service is allotted a fire budget based off the average cost of fighting blazes over the last ten years. This cost is going up most years leaving the ten-year average short, and to make up the difference the USFS must “borrow” from its general operating budget without any capability of refunding those dollars.
SANDPOINT — Hard hats, high-visibility vests, eye and ear protection made up the personal protective equipment sported by Sandpoint High School staff during a tour of Idaho Forest Group’s Laclede mill Thursday morning.
High-tech wonders, they’re not your father’s sawmills As printed in the Sandpoint Magazine. In another century, my dad and I worked swing shift one winter on opposite ends of a sawmill. I pushed raw logs out of the dark waters of the millpond and into the mill. He pulled “green” boards into orderly piles on the stacker… Read Full Article
IDAHO FOREST GROUP RECEIVES 2014 IDAHO PACESETTER AWARD AT GOVERNOR’S TRADE AND BUSINESS CONFERENCE IN BOISE Idaho Forest Group of Coeur d’Alene was the inaugural recipient of the Idaho Pacesetter Award Wednesday at the Governor’s Trade and Business Conference presented by Zions Bank in Boise. The State of Idaho and Zions Bank created the Idaho Pacesetter Award to recognize a company that demonstrates the state’s tradition of hard work and pride in a job well done. The award honors a Gem State company for its success, growth, leadership and contribution to the state’s economic vitality. “Idaho Forest Group exemplifies the can-do attitude of business leaders across Idaho, and is poised to accelerate into the future,” said Zions Bank President and CEO Scott Anderson. “We applaud the leadership of Marc Brinkmeyer and Scott Atkison, who have grown Idaho Forest Group into one of the largest lumber producers in the nation and fueled job creation in northern Idaho.” Idaho Forest Group was selected to receive the award by a committee of individuals representing state and federal agencies as well as representatives from Zions Bank. “We are grateful and honored to be part of this incredible event,” said Idaho Forest Group President Scott Atkison, who accepted the award on behalf of the company at the conference. “We applaud the leadership of Scott Anderson and the entire team at Zions Bank for creating this platform from which Idaho companies are recognized and have an opportunity to learn from each other.” The inaugural Governor’s Trade and Business Conference showed Idaho’s…