SANDPOINT, Idaho — A tree at Camp Stidwell has been around since before David Thompson first explored the region — or the United States was even a country.
"Who wouldn't want to preserve this?" Kiwanis Club secretary Dick Vail said of the tree — and the entire 160-acre site on the south end of Mirror Lake. "Nature worth preserving."
The club recently took steps to protect the area in perpetuity, signing a conservation easement with the Inland Northwest Land Conservancy.
"[The conservancy] will continue to maintain this pristine area for future generations and continue the vision of the founders — the ecosystem, wildlife habitat, environment, all preserved," Vail said. "Continuing the experience of nature, rustic camping, fun times and beautiful sunsets — all preserved. The dream is a reality and will continue to be enjoyed now and in the future."
Use of the camp has grown exponentially in recent years, with thousands of user days each year with a spot hard to come by in the deep of summer.
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