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FWP Seeks Input on Proposed Forest Management Project at Blackfoot River Access Sites

Fish & Wildlife - Region 2

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is seeking input on initiating a forest management project at four Fishing Access Sites (FASs) along the lower Blackfoot River.

The proposal calls for removing and thinning trees on approximately 96 acres of land at K. Ross Toole, Johnsrud Park, Corrick’s River Bend, and River Junction FASs.  Forest treatments would include removing select hazard trees for safety and to prevent impact to sites and structures and thinning some conifer stands to decrease wildfire risks and susceptibility to insects and diseases.

The project would also improve wildlife habitat for a variety of species that depend more on open stand conditions and foraging for grasses, forbs and shrubs.

If approved by the Fish and Wildlife Commission at its October meeting, the work could begin as early as November 2019.  The project is expected to take several years to complete, and most work would be completed late fall (November) through early spring (April) each season to minimize impact to access and recreation.

To review the draft EA and to comment, go to FWP’s website, fwp.mt.gov, under “News,” then “Recent Public Notices.” Or, request information and comment by contacting Region 2 FWP, 3201 Spurgin Rd., Missoula 59804; by phoning 406-542-5540; or by emailing shrose@mt.gov.  Comments must be submitted by 5p.m. on Friday, September 6, 2019.