Beartooth Ranger District
RED LODGE — After 24 years and an investment of almost $460,000, a unique Montana cooperative project that has regenerated aspen stands along the Beartooth Face may be finished despite definitive success.
Aspen stands glow yellow on a beautiful fall day along the Beartooth Face at the end of Fox Road, near Red Lodge. The Beartooth Ranger District’s Palisades Trail loops through the trees.
Barb Pittman, the Beartooth Ranger District’s biologist, stops in a clearing to point out the different types of aspen stands in the area.
Barb Pittman, Beartooth Ranger District biologist, tells the group how in the past work has been done by weed crews that may no longer be available.
People attending an aspen regeneration project tour last week walk through a stand of trees that was thinned along the Beartooth Face just northwest of Red Lodge. The project strives to create a variety of habitat, from dense stands for nesting to open ones for mating.
Ruffed grouse are dependent on aspen trees for food, shelter and a place to mate. Strong aspen stands generally go hand-in-hand with good ruffed grouse populations.
Shawn Stewart, a wildlife biologist for Fish, Wildlife and Parks in Red Lodge, has helped guide a cooperative aspen regeneration project in the area since its inception in 1990.
More than two years after seeking public feedback on a new route into the Pryor Mountains, the Beartooth Ranger District is resuscitating its Powerline Road construction project.
With vegetation drying out as the summer progresses, officials on the Beartooth Ranger District near Red Lodge have decided to implement Stage 1 fire restrictions on Wednesday.
Hiking on the Palisades Trail, just minutes from downtown Red Lodge, is a sensory delight.
The Beartooth Ranger District has approved Stillwater Mining Co.’s Blitz Ridge exploratory drilling in the mountains near Dean.
The Beartooth Ranger District has rescheduled its celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act by hosting the Wilderness Full Moon Walk on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the at the winter road closure on the Beartooth Highway.
Large portions of the West Fork of Rock Creek drainage were burned during the 2008 Cascade fire, which covered about 10,000 acres.
Jeff Stockwell, fire management officer for the Beartooth Ranger District, talks about the 2008 Cascade fire during a tour of the West Fork Rock Creek drainage last summer. The tour was part of a public discussion about a proposed fuels reduction project on the Custer National Forest between…
The Custer National Forest has scaled back its plans to log timber in the Red Lodge area following critical public comment, according to the agency’s recently released draft environmental impact statement.
Above average snowpack will delay the normal April 15 opening of many Red Lodge-area roads on the Beartooth Ranger District.
The Beartooth Ranger District is seeking public comments on the Friends of East Rosebud's request for a special-use application for a new fun run and walk.
Stillwater Mining Co. is proposing to drill at eight more sites along the Beartooth Face, east of its existing platinum and palladium mine, as geologists try to get a clearer picture of ore deposits in the mountainside.
A new route for Red Lodge-area hikers and mountain bikers would be developed if a Beartooth Ranger District proposal to provide a nonmotorized trail from the Nichols Creek drainage (Forest Road No. 2478) to the base of the Red Lodge Mountain Ski Area moves ahead.
The Beartooth Ranger District will join the Beartooth Recreational Trails Association in hosting the Lunar Geology Full Moon Ski from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Red Lodge Nordic Center.