This map from the Missoulian newspaper depicts the checkerboard pattern of land ownership in the Upper Lochsa region.

The Moscow City Council devoted a half-hour of its Feb. 6 meeting to a status report on the proposed land exchange between the U.S. Forest Service and Western Pacific Timber.  Two retired Forest Service employees explained a possible change in how private land could be traded for public land.  The Clearwater National Forest describes the possible  swap here. Missoulian reporter Rob Chaney quotes retired Forest Service employee John Krebs in this Jan. 7 story. The Lewiston Tribune’s David Johnson attended an open house on the proposal and filed this report Jan. 12.  Stop the Swap is a citizens group opposed to the exchange.