MOSCOW, Idaho -- Latah County commissioners in northern Idaho have decided not to renew a lease on state-owned land on Moscow Mountain, making logging a possibility for a cedar grove containing nearly 1,000-year-old trees.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that commissioners on Tuesday opted out of a 10-year-lease with the Idaho Department of Lands costing $5,300 annually.

The state agency is obligated by law to make money from endowment land. Agency spokeswoman Emily Callihan says the 295-acre site could be sold or leased for timber harvest.

The land is surrounded by private property with no public access. About 60 acres contain large trees thought to approach 1,000 years old.

Officials have explored turning the area into a state park, but cedar grove advocates say that could lead to damage from too many visitors.

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