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N. Idaho Communities May Lose Forest Service Jobs

GRANGEVILLE, Idaho - Idaho and Clearwater county officials say a plan by the U.S. Forest Service to relocate the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest supervisor's offices from Grangeville and Orofino will hurt those communities.

Idaho County Commissioner James Rockwell tells the Lewiston Tribune (http://bit.ly/woTe0L) that the communities will lose 45 jobs.

The Forest Service announced last week that moving the supervisor's office to Kamiah will save $2 million a year. The agency says the money will be used for on-the-ground management and public service.

The agency is leasing a building in Orofino through 2014. Another building is being leased in Grangeville with that lease expiring in 2022.

Forest Supervisor Rick Brazell says eventually 73 employees are expected to work at renovated offices in Kamiah.
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      Information from: Lewiston Tribune, http://www.lmtribune.com

      
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