Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Boundary County Farm Bureau News

Lonny Merrfield grows seedlings on his Nursery for the forest industry--Smathers photo
Boundary County Farm Tour
By Bob Smathers
Bonners Ferry--The highlight of the Boundary County Farm Tour on May 21 was a visit to the Clifty View Nursery nestled between the Cabinet and Selkirk mountain ranges near Bonners Ferry. Farm Bureau member Lonny Merrfield (shown in photos) founded Clifty View in 1979 on a small portion of the family farm to provide contract grown seedlings for the forest industry. Their specialization has been in growing Cold Hardy Quaking Aspen and Colorado Spruce.

Over the years Clifty View has grown into a very diverse operation providing a full range of nursery products to a nationwide customer base. They are one of the few nurseries that grow their Aspen from seed. Clifty View supplies up to 500,000 aspen seedlings per year to various customers and roughly 30,000 larger aspens for landscaping. This is in addition to other species of trees including pine, juniper, fir and larch. Clifty View is one of the largest suppliers of Aspen in the country.

Lunch was provided after the Clifty View tour at the Boundary County Fairgrounds, then resumed at the Moyie Springs Lumber Mill owned by the Idaho Forest Group.

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