The Lands Council was inaugurated in 1983 at Sacred Heart and Deaconess Medical centers by a group of resident physicians committed to protecting wildlands in the St. Joe and Clearwater River regions of north Idaho. Our mission and scope of work expanded to include the protection and restoration of forest ecosystems, and rivers and lakes, primarily in north Idaho and eastern Washington, as well as northwestern Montana and northeastern Oregon. From our beginning we advocated for citizen participation in, and oversight of, decisions impacting our environment.
We were one of the first Forest Watch groups in the country and we taught citizens how to challenge bad logging projects and successfully reduced clear cutting by 80% in our region. TLC was hard line, zero cut, no compromise. We helped start, and led the National Forest Protection Alliance, which advocated an end to commercial logging. We also played a part in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designating much of the South Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River as a Superfund site, which we called the Get the Lead Out Campaign.