Bitterroot National Forest
HAMILTON – The Bitterroot National Forest’s plans to offer a large timber sale in the Sapphire Mountains have hit another snag.
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.
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.
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.
MISSOULA — The Missoula County Fire Protection Association downgraded the local fire danger from “extreme” to “very high” on Tuesday.
MISSOULA — Firefighters completed a defensive line around the Lolo Creek Complex on Wednesday and spent Thursday testing its strength.
HAMILTON — It took 22 years for it to happen.
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.
HAMILTON - Fire danger on the Bitterroot National Forest moved up a notch Tuesday to a rating of “very high.”
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.
STEVENSVILLE — Barricades barred Larry Creek Road and the sound of heavy machinery filled the air at the Bass Creek Recreation Area on Friday morning.
STEVENSVILLE – The gates officially closed at the Bass Creek Recreation Area on Wednesday.
GIRD POINT — It’s June 3 and it looks like winter here on top of the Sapphire Mountains near the Gird Point Lookout.
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.
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.
LOLO – Tom Maclay is asking the U.S. Forest Service to again consider his proposal to build a destination ski resort on Lolo Peak.
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.
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.
WEST FORK – Sometime last winter, an aging pipe burst in one of the oldest buildings still standing in the West Fork.
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.