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A tree around at the time of explorer David Thompson is among the habitat that Sandpoint Kiwanis Club members wanted to protect at its 160-acre Camp Stidwell. To do that, the club entered into a conservation easement agreement with the Inland Northwest Land Conservancy to protect the rustic campground and restrict development.

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Camp Stidwell placed in conservation easement
February 25, 2023 1 a.m.

Camp Stidwell placed in conservation easement

Agreement between Sandpoint Kiwanis, INLC protects site, restricts development

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.