The Idaho Panhandle National Forests will be implementing 11 improvement projects to Idaho campgrounds and trails including several local sites thanks to funds coming through the Great American Outdoors Ac, according to a report in the Bonner County Daily Bee.
Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it will invest $285 million from that act to help national forests and grasslands across the country address critical deferred maintenance and improve transportation and recreation infrastructure, according to a press release.
Some of those improvements include the Priest Lake Deferred Maintenance Reduction Project, which will replace fire rings and picnic tables at some of the busiest recreation sites around Priest Lake and Upper Priest Lake. These include boat-in sites at Bartoo Island, Bottle Bay, Geisinger, Kalispell Island, Navigation, Plowboy, Tule Bay, and Trapper.
Other improvements at the Whiskey Rock and Green Bay Campgrounds include a survey and design for improvements and replacement of existing infrastructure at the two sites. The project includes a new site layout to meet accessibility requirements, new toilets, fire rings, and picnic tables, as well as upgrades to the roads and parking areas.
See the full Banner County Daily Bee report here.