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Helena National Forest

Helena looks to Forest Service land swap for water

Helena looks to Forest Service land swap for water

HELENA — City officials in Helena are asking the U.S. Forest Service to consider trading land in mountain drainages which supply drinking water to the city.

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Ray Creek land acqusition

Ray Creek land acqusition

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Ray Creek land acquisition

Ray Creek land acquisition

Retired Forest Service land manager Bob Dennee speaks words of appreciation about the four sisters' willingness to turn the former Neild Ranch over to public ownership.

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Ray Creek Land Acquisition

Ray Creek Land Acquisition

Marcia Iverson, accompanied by her sister Barbara O’Dore and husband George O’Dore, tells stories about spending time in the Ray Creek area as a child at an unveiling ceremony on the property.

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Ray Creek land acquisition

Ray Creek land acquisition

The purchased property in the Helena National Forest overlooks the Missouri River Valley near Townsend. It will provide access to forest land as well as an adjoining Block Management parcel.

November 09, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Helena National Forest

Helena National Forest

Helena National Forest.

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Guest opinion: House bill makes empty promises about national forests

In Washington D.C., it’s often easier to make noise than progress. That’s certainly the case with HR 1526, the so-called “Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act.” The name sounds great, but the fact is this radical bill has zero chance of becoming law and thus no chance of mak…

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Forest visitors asked to note wildlife, plants

Forest visitors asked to note wildlife, plants

HELENA — A wide diversity of plants and animals inhabit the nearly 1 million-acre Helena National Forest, and with such a massive area to cover, a new citizen science campaign asks the public to help document the many species calling it home.

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Meeting Tuesday on Lewis and Clark forest planning

An open house for people interested in learning about and participating in the process to revise the existing outdated forest plans for the Helena and Lewis and Clark National Forests will be held in Billings on Tuesday from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Custer National Forest Supervisor’s Office, loca…

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Guest opinion: The Front needs full delegation support

In 1972, nearly 240,000 acres of federal public land lying between Montana’s iconic Rocky Mountain Front and storied Blackfoot River Valley became the first acres in the nation to enter the wilderness system at the behest of ordinary citizens. The story of the Scapegoat Wilderness has influe…

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Lewis and Clark, Helena national forests join forces as budgets shrink

HELENA – Bill Avey, forest supervisor for the Helena and Lewis and Clark National forests, pointed to a jumbled mass of topographical lines in the heart of the Bob Marshal Wilderness, searching for the location of a past forest fire. Finally his finger rested on the confluence of drainages.

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Plan closes some roads in Helena National Forest

HELENA — The U.S. Forest Service plans to close 157 miles of roads to wheeled motorized use in the Helena National Forest while leaving 289 miles available.

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Guest opinion: Heritage Act would protect Montana wilderness

Guest opinion: Heritage Act would protect Montana wilderness

Wilderness replenishes our soul. Our eyes get a little brighter after a few days in the backcountry. Our stresses slide off like April snowmelt. Traveling to wild country can be a challenging journey, but it’s a journey that changes us for the better.

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Fire lookout volunteers enjoy living 'a romantic life'

Fire lookout volunteers enjoy living 'a romantic life'

HELENA — Ray Brown knows each of the 80 steps that wind in a corkscrew up the 60-foot tower of the Strawberry Butte Lookout.

September 02, 2013 2:00 pm Photos

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Copper City fire winding down; Bob Marshall Fire expected to burn into fall

Copper City fire winding down; Bob Marshall Fire expected to burn into fall

HELENA — Work on a Broadwater County blaze is wrapping up, while another wildfire in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area is expected to burn into the fall.

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Helena forest officials want to remove, revegetate some unused roads

HELENA — About a dozen short stretches of nonsystem routes totaling less than five miles in the vicinity of the Chessman Reservoir west of Helena would be removed and revegetated under a plan being proposed by the Helena National Forest.

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Coming soon to Montana public lands: The Rainbow Family

HELENA — The Rainbow Family of Living Light plans to hold its annual national gathering in Montana in early July, and a scouting group currently is camping in the Elkhorn Mountains off of Crow Creek Road, checking out a possible site for anywhere from 7,000 to 30,000 people.

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Man charged with wildfire arson had served with fire department

Man charged with wildfire arson had served with fire department

HELENA — A Helena-area teenager who served briefly with a local volunteer fire department was charged Thursday with 12 counts of arson in connection with fires near York on Wednesday and in the Priest Pass area May 10.

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5 fires confirmed burning near Nelson; suspect in custody

5 fires confirmed burning near Nelson; suspect in custody

YORK — Fredrick Maw of Helena is in custody in connection with wildfires in at least three locations in recent days, including Tuesday’s 55-acre blaze near the historic McMaster ranch, a five-fire complex near Nelson on Wednesday and a fire near Priest Pass last week.

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Crews respond to second wildfire near Helena

Crews respond to second wildfire near Helena

State and local fire crews have responded to a plume of smoke coming from Mount Ascension because of a roughly half-acre fire in Davis Gulch area.

April 24, 2013 4:02 pm Related Loading…

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