More than 14,400 acres of Northern Idaho forestland once approved for a golf course subdivision is now protected as a job-producing working forest and recreation land. Known as Clagstone Meadows, this land has been owned and harvested by Stimson Lumber Company for generations, providing well-paying jobs to local families and keeping timber mills in production. When the golf course proposal met local resistance, Stimson worked with The Trust for Public Land and state agencies to craft a conservation easement that preserves forestry and provides new public access.
Located in Bonner County just off U.S. Highway 95 between Coeur d’Alene and Sandpoint, Clagstone Meadows’ forests, fields, wetlands, and ponds provide significant wildlife habitat and overlie an important drinking water aquifer. In addition to preserving forestry jobs, the conservation solution will open more than ten thousand acres for recreation—supporting a vibrant and growing tourism economy and the quality of life cherished by northern Idaho residents.
Crafted in collaboration with Stimson Lumber Company, the Idaho Department of Lands, and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, the easement permanently protects 14,432 acres as working forest and opens up over 10,100 acres to the public. The Trust for Public Land raised $9.5 million to purchase the easement, including federal funding from the Forest Legacy Program and Pittman-Robertson wildlife restoration funds, a substantial private donation, and a significant donation of easement value by the Stimson Lumber Company.