Timber harvest, controlled burns proposed in forest

Friday, October 11, 2019

MISSOULA (AP) — National forest officials are proposing a timber harvest and controlled burns to reduce the risk of wildfires in Montana’s Lolo National Forest.

The Missoulian reported Thursday that the proposals being developed are designed to contribute to the forest’s overall forest health and make it more resilient to drought, wildfire, insects and disease.

The project would cover about 36 square miles (93 square kilometers) in Missoula and Mineral counties and include harvesting timber for mills, tree thinning and intentionally setting fires to remove potential flame fuel.

Rangers are seeking public input on the proposals at an Oct. 16 meeting in Alberton. Public comments also are being accepted for 30 days.