SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 122

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SCR122.........................................by RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT
MOSCOW MOUNTAIN CEDAR GROVE - Stating findings of the Legislature and
encouraging the Department of Lands to protect the irreplaceable ancient
cedar grove, and essential surrounding habitat buffer, located on a 296
acre parcel of state endowment property on Moscow Mountain in Latah County,
Idaho, from harvest, preserving the grove for future generations of
Idahoans.
                                                                        
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  ]]]]              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ]]]]
 Fifty-eighth Legislature                   Second Regular Session - 2006
                                                                        
                                                                        
                                       IN THE SENATE
                                                                        
                            SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 122
                                                                        
                           BY RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE
                                                                        
  1                               A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
  2    STATING THE FINDINGS OF THE LEGISLATURE URGING AND ENCOURAGING THE  DEPARTMENT
  3        OF  LANDS  TO PROTECT THE IRREPLACEABLE ANCIENT CEDAR GROVE, AND ESSENTIAL
  4        SURROUNDING HABITAT BUFFER, LOCATED ON A 296 ACRE PARCEL OF  STATE  ENDOW-
  5        MENT  PROPERTY  ON  MOSCOW  MOUNTAIN IN LATAH COUNTY, IDAHO, FROM HARVEST,
  6        PRESERVING THE GROVE FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS OF IDAHOANS.
                                                                        
  7    Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
                                                                        
  8        WHEREAS, located on about 60 acres within  a  296  acre  parcel  of  state
  9    endowment  property situated on Moscow Mountain in Latah County, is an ancient
 10    cedar grove; and
 11        WHEREAS, some of the trees within the cedar  grove  are  estimated  to  be
 12    almost 1,000 years old; and
 13        WHEREAS,  Idahoans  throughout  time  have  benefitted  from  the  beauty,
 14    magnificence and history of this cedar grove; and
 15        WHEREAS,  the  cedar grove affords the public a scenic nonmotorized recre-
 16    ation area for the general welfare, use, and enjoyment of the public, opportu-
 17    nities for education relating to old growth  forests,  and  opportunities  for
 18    scientific research relating to old growth forests; and
 19        WHEREAS,  for  the  past decade, the Nature Conservancy has leased the 296
 20    acres upon which the cedar grove is located and has protected the  cedars,  as
 21    well  as  their  essential surrounding habitat buffer, for both ecological and
 22    recreational purposes; this lease, however, will expire in December  of  2006;
 23    and
 24        WHEREAS,  many  have expressed interest in the development of a state park
 25    for the area to be known as the Moscow Mountain State Park and Cathedral Cedar
 26    Grove; and
 27        WHEREAS, the value of the standing cedar grove is far more intrinsic  than
 28    any value that could be achieved through harvesting of the trees.
 29        NOW,  THEREFORE,  BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the Second Regular Ses-
 30    sion of the Fifty-eighth Idaho Legislature, the Senate and the House of Repre-
 31    sentatives concurring therein, that we urge and encourage  the  Department  of
 32    Lands  to  protect  the  irreplaceable ancient cedar grove, and essential sur-
 33    rounding habitat buffer, located on a 296 acre parcel of state endowment prop-
 34    erty on Moscow Mountain in Latah County, Idaho, from harvest,  preserving  the
 35    grove for future generations of Idahoans.

Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Impact



                       STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

                             RS 16060

This concurrent resolution encourages the Department of Lands to
protect the irreplaceable ancient cedar grove, and essential
surrounding habitat buffer, located on a 296 acre parcel of state
endowment property on Moscow Mountain in Latah County, Idaho, from
harvest, preserving the grove for future generations of Idahoans.


                           FISCAL NOTE

There will be no impact on the State General Fund.




Contacts

Name: Representative Tom Trail 
Phone: (208) 332-1000
Representative Shirley Ringo
Senator Gary Schroeder


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE                       SCR 122