Helena National Forest
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…
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.
An open house for people interested in learning about and participating in the process to revise the existing outdated forest plans for the Helena and Lewis and Clark National Forests will be held in Billings on Tuesday from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Custer National Forest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…
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…
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.
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.
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.
HELENA — Ray Brown knows each of the 80 steps that wind in a corkscrew up the 60-foot tower of the Strawberry Butte Lookout.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Photos a wildfire burning in the Favorite Gulch area of the Helena National Forest.
A wildfire erupted off Favorite Gulch Road, between York and Nelson Gulch, at approximately 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Bill Orsello stares with a heavy heart at the padlocked metal gate across Forest Service Road 774-A1, reading the sign recently posted by landowner Tom Hoffman.
HELENA — The Lincoln and Helena ranger districts on the Helena National Forest are considering changing their methods for assessing elk hiding cover after losing logging lawsuits that alleged the federal agency wasn’t in compliance with its own standards.
A second claim is pending against the Helena National Forest regarding the August 2010 Davis fire, which was meant to be a controlled burn on public lands but ended up with flames racing across private property too.
Wildlife officials say a man was flown to the hospital after being injured by a black bear in northwest Montana's remote Bob Marshall Wilderness.