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Jaype Mill Site

BioIDeX Clearwater Basin Community Project

Area around the Jaype Mill site is rich in local, regional history.

Jaype Mill Site
Early 70's aerial view of the Plywood Mill and log sorting yard at Jaype. Photo courtesy of idahospanhandlerailroad

The Jaype Mill site was once the location of a flourishing mill that is currently not being facilitated but shows great potential in terms of location and area for some sort of biomass processing in the future. The goal of the Jaype team is to determine the best use for this site and its role within the greater Clearwater Basin supply chain as it pertains to the eventual production of a liquid jet biofuel. The Jaype site team will be assessing the site to determine its current condition, what processing steps could feasibly be performed here, and how restarting operations at the industrial site may affect the communities located near the site. Preliminary site design features will include necessary structures for best determined site operations, water management options, and community use aspects. In addition, economic, transportation, and community opinion information will be gathered to determine the viability of the Jaype site as a link in the biofuels supply chain.

Regional History

  • Early 1860s: Pierce-Weippe area began to be settled by miners.
  • Pierce: first town established in Idaho.
  • Late 1890s: timber drew workers from the Great Lakes.
  • 1905: first fire suppression collaboration between the state and private companies.
  • 1925: railroad built for lumber shipping.
  • Jaype plywood mill opened in 1965, operated for 35 years.

Potential Structures

  • Chip and Bark Coverage
    Reduce moisture content of each in order to limit energy use
  • Hammer and Pellet Mills
    A single structure to house the pelletizing process Pellet Storage
  • Offices
    Located near the pond, the offices will also include a community education and outreach area.
  • Picnic Shelter
    Located near the North entrance and the ponds, shelter will be used to allow outdoor eating area for employees as well as community members.

Stormwater Design

  • Scope
    Chipping facility, outside storage area, access roads
  • Focus and Potential BMPs
    • Chipping facility: detention: bioswale, infiltration pond, rain garden
    • Outside storage area: treatment and detention: bioswale, vegetated buffer strip, constructed wetland
    • Access roads: treatment: filter strips, vegetated buffer strip
  • Resources
    Stormwater Best Management Practices for Idaho Cities and Counties (2005)
    Eastern Washington Stormwater Manual (2004)

Community Fishing Pond

Enhance Jaype site in terms of aesthetics, educational opportunities, and economic prospects

  • Already stocked by Idaho Dept. of Fish and game
  • Community fishing pond
  • "Classroom" space for local anglers and guides
  • Educational opportunities
    • Environmental stewardship, community service
    • Enhance residence connection with local waterways
    • Ecology, fish habitat, biology, etc.


  • Improves our world through designs of Nature's ingenuity.
    • Stormwater management - raingardens, bioswales, retention and detention ponds.
    • Architectural Infrastructure
    • Edges, and circulation.
  • Sustainable design that emulates Nature's form or function.
  • Can teach how Nature produces things or evolves and how Nature deals with waste and regeneration.

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The site teams are evaluating the potential use/re-use of several sites throughout the Clearwater Basin that may lend themselves to use in the biomass to biofuels supply chain.

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