Forest Health Day
Date Saturday April 30, 2016
Time1:30 PM  - 3:30 PM
Contact Michael Kustudia
(406) 542-5533
DescriptionMontana State Parks is hosting a ┬┐Forest Health Day┬┐ at Milltown State Park with an educational tour and volunteer opportunity to plant native Western Larch trees on Saturday, April 30 at 1:30pm. The educational workday is held in conjunction with a series of events honoring Earth Week 2016.

With assistance from the Montana Dept. of Natural Resources and Conservation and a private contractor, Milltown State Park recently has undergone the thinning of 16 acres of trees to create a healthier forest. The slash debris was spread out into nearly 70 small piles and burned in early March. These burnt piles have now left bare, mineral soil that favor growth of Western Larch, a species native to the site but found in low numbers. The Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes have graciously donated 200 Western Larch seedlings from the tribal nursery that will be planted in the burned areas.

Join Montana State Parks staff and local experts for a tour and a chance to plant some trees. Attendees are asked to meet at the parking lot of the Overlook Trailhead. All of the planting materials and supplies will be provided. Volunteers are requested to bring gloves and suitable footwear for varying forest terrain. Participants should also dress appropriately for Montana spring weather.

For more information, call Michael Kustudia at (406) 542-5533.