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Near Avery in Shoshone County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Manís Mark on the Land

 
 
Manís Mark on the Land Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 22, 2011
1. Manís Mark on the Land Marker
Inscription. If you stood on this spot with a railroad surveyor in 1906, you would have gazed across a lush patchwork forest of large trees. The super hot 1910 fires burned the valley below and for years afterward the area presented travelers with a bleak view of black snags and thick brush. Today it takes a trained eye to recognize all of the changes caused by man in this valley.

The newly formed Forest Service had a lot to learn about planting trees in 1910. The foresters experimented on this ravaged landscape to see what would flourish. They imported walnut, red oak, hickory, cherry, yellow and Japan cedar to see if those hardwoods could grow in the Coeur díAlene Mountains. The seedlings struggled for a few years before the harsh Idaho winters killed them all.

The Forest Service also tried planting cedars, pines, larch and firs from elsewhere in the United States. Few of these “off site” trees survived. Only later was it shown conclusively that local seed sources are best for reforestation, which is now standard practice in such projects.

Today the Coeur d'Alene Tree Nursery provides quality seedlings for national forests throughout the western U.S. The nursery also engages in tree improvement projects related to white pine blister rust resistance.

The Coeur d'Alene Nursery maintains a “seed
Manís Mark on the Land Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 22, 2011
2. Manís Mark on the Land Marker
bank” for our national forests. Forests collect cones for the nursery which then extracts, cleans, tests and stores seeds. When a forest orders seedlings, the nursery grows the stock originating in the same or similar environments in which the seedlings will be planted.

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Naming Names

The Milwaukee Road dotted the map of the Bitterroots with new names like Avery, Stetson and Kyle honoring company bigwigs and the railline itself gave rise to Loop Creek, Motor Creek and St. Paul Pass. Brushy, Cliff, Clear, Bear and Turkey Creeks and the Falcon siding recognize natural features or local animals. The origins of some names such as Roland, Adair and Shefoot are lost.
 
Location. 47° 21.653′ N, 115° 40.081′ W. Marker is near Avery, Idaho, in Shoshone County. Marker can be reached from Cliff Creek Road (Federal Road 506) 2.6 miles north of Loop Creek Road (Federal Road 326). Click for map. Located along the Route of the Hiawatha Trail. Marker is in this post office area: Avery ID 83802, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Water Does the Work! (a few steps from this marker); A Changing Landscape (a few steps from this marker); Temporary Trestles (approx. 0.7 miles away); Tunneling Toward Tacoma (approx. ĺ mile away); The Toughest Town (approx. 0.9 miles away); World Class Workers (approx. 0.9 miles away); Secluded Falcon (approx. 0.9 miles away); "In the Hole" (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Avery.
 
More about this marker. On the left is a photo with the caption,, "A white pine planting crew does its back-breaking work above Loop Creek during the 1920s." Photo courtesy of the Museum of Northern Idaho

On the right is a photo of the Coeur d'Alene Tree Nursery. U.S. Forest Service photograph
 
Also see . . .
1. Route of the Hiawatha Rail Trail. (Submitted on August 4, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. U.S. Forest Service History - The 1910 Fires. The Forest History Society (Submitted on August 4, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 525 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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