Apple Trees Come Back to the Bitterroot Valley
The apple boom in the Bitterroot Valley’s early history (1907-1911) created a large number of orchards and a wide variety of apples in the area. After the boom, many of those varieties disappeared.
Some of them have been found, growing in the Salmon River area of Idaho and, through work with the Idaho Heritage Tree Project, the Bitterroot National Forest got five apple trees back for planting at the Ranger stations in Darby and the West Fork.
Bitterroot National Forest Historian Mary Williams says the trees are part of the heritage of Frank Lantz, who worked for the U.S. Forest Service in the south valley.
The trees were planted, with the help of Sadie Barrett-Grasser of the Idaho Heritage Tree Project, on May 1.