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Bitterroot National Forest

Lynx decision halts timber sale in Sapphire Mountains

HAMILTON – The Bitterroot National Forest’s plans to offer a large timber sale in the Sapphire Mountains have hit another snag.

November 19, 2013 10:18 amLoading…
Forest Service timber contracts to be suspended amid federal shutdown

Forest Service timber contracts to be suspended amid federal shutdown

Montana lumber mills are bracing for an expected suspension of timber contracts on national forest lands Monday as part of the growing impacts from the federal government shutdown.

October 05, 2013 9:45 amLoading…
Cone collection: Program aims to save whitebark pine from extinction

Cone collection: Program aims to save whitebark pine from extinction

SULA — High up on a Bitterroot mountain ridge in the very tip-top of a spindly pine, Gabe Thorne is doing his part to save a species.

September 30, 2013 12:04 pmLoading…
Lolo, Bitterroot national forests say no to Lolo Peak ski resort

Lolo, Bitterroot national forests say no to Lolo Peak ski resort

Both the Bitterroot and Lolo national forests have rejected Tom Maclay’s proposal for an all-public-land ski resort above his former ranch east of Florence.

September 25, 2013 10:15 amLoading…
Missoula wildfire danger lessens, but still 'very high'

Missoula wildfire danger lessens, but still 'very high'

MISSOULA — The Missoula County Fire Protection Association downgraded the local fire danger from “extreme” to “very high” on Tuesday.

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Crews complete defensive line around Lolo Creek Complex fire

Crews complete defensive line around Lolo Creek Complex fire

MISSOULA — Firefighters completed a defensive line around the Lolo Creek Complex on Wednesday and spent Thursday testing its strength.

August 30, 2013 7:49 am Related Loading…

Bitterroot National Forest completes land exchange with CB Ranch

HAMILTON — It took 22 years for it to happen.

August 18, 2013 12:52 pmLoading…
Idaho wildfire smoke chokes Missoula, Bitterroot valleys

Idaho wildfire smoke chokes Missoula, Bitterroot valleys

MISSOULA — Smoke poured into the Missoula Valley on Sunday from fires burning in the region, and it could be even more thick and possibly “unhealthy” by Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service and the Missoula City-County Health Department.

August 12, 2013 6:51 am Related Loading…
Bitterroot National Forest bumps fire danger to 'very high'

Bitterroot National Forest bumps fire danger to 'very high'

HAMILTON - Fire danger on the Bitterroot National Forest moved up a notch Tuesday to a rating of “very high.”

July 24, 2013 7:44 am Related Loading…
Wildfire smoke fills Missoula, Bitterroot, lower Clark Fork valleys

Wildfire smoke fills Missoula, Bitterroot, lower Clark Fork valleys

MISSOULA — Smoke from wildfires started flowing into the valleys of southwestern Montana on Friday, the start of what could be a “very prolonged” season of smoky skies, according to Sarah Coefield, an air quality specialist at the Missoula City-County Health Department.

July 20, 2013 7:51 am Related Loading…
Forest services thins Bitterroot National Forest to ward off beetle attacks

Forest services thins Bitterroot National Forest to ward off beetle attacks

STEVENSVILLE — Barricades barred Larry Creek Road and the sound of heavy machinery filled the air at the Bass Creek Recreation Area on Friday morning.

June 15, 2013 9:05 amLoading…

Recreation area closes as logging begins

STEVENSVILLE – The gates officially closed at the Bass Creek Recreation Area on Wednesday.

June 13, 2013 9:26 amLoading…
Crews plant tree seedlings in burned area of Bitterroot Forest

Crews plant tree seedlings in burned area of Bitterroot Forest

GIRD POINT — It’s June 3 and it looks like winter here on top of the Sapphire Mountains near the Gird Point Lookout.

June 10, 2013 6:20 am Photos

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seedling plantings

seedling plantings

Victor Amilo shows one of the 15,000 containerized lodgepole seedlings that went into a snow-covered mountainside last Monday near Gird Point in the Sapphire Mountains.

June 10, 2013 6:05 amLoading…
seedling plantings

seedling plantings

Adrian Garcia prepares to plant one of the nearly 15,000 lodgepole seedlings that he and others planted in a 60-acre plot near Gird Point on the Bitterroot National Forest Monday. This year, about 1,200 acres of burned over national forest lands were reforested in the Bitterroot.

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Developer again proposes Lolo Peak ski resort

Developer again proposes Lolo Peak ski resort

LOLO – Tom Maclay is asking the U.S. Forest Service to again consider his proposal to build a destination ski resort on Lolo Peak.

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Forest Service shows group how to protect historic buildings from wildfire

Forest Service shows group how to protect historic buildings from wildfire

WEST FORK – On the outside of the old cookhouse at the West Fork Ranger Station, a group wearing hard hats is gathered around the southernmost window.

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Forest Service seeks comments on thinning project

Forest Service seeks comments on thinning project

DARBY — The U.S. Forest Service is seeking public comments about its 5,640-acre Como Forest Health Project in western Montana in the Bitterroot National Forest.

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Rebuilding history: Restoration crews to work on West Fork ranger cabin

Rebuilding history: Restoration crews to work on West Fork ranger cabin

WEST FORK – Sometime last winter, an aging pipe burst in one of the oldest buildings still standing in the West Fork.

February 17, 2013 9:43 pm Photos

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Gazette opinion: Steps toward better wolf management

Gazette opinion: Steps toward better wolf management

The wolf population of the Northern Rockies must be managed to protect livestock and to prevent overpredation of elk. Hunting is a good wolf-management tool, but trapping is less so.

January 02, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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