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The board agrees with Daines' idea that 40 years is long enough for the areas, including the Blue Joint and Sapphire on the Bitterroot National Forest, to be returned to normal forest status. Commissioners say they'll let their supportive letter stand, but will continue to accept input and monitor the bill's status.
Most were critical of the proposal to lift the Wilderness Study Area designation for some forest lands, including the Sapphire and Blue Joint WSA's on the Bitterroot National Forest. However, some told the board that, after 40 years, it was time for the lands to be released and returned to normal National ...

He said the Bitterroot National Forest's own study showed the Sapphire WSA didn't have wilderness characteristics, nor did a portion of the Blue Joint WSA. “Senator Daines' bill recognizes the data analysis and study done by the Bitterroot National Forest; his bill is based on that,” Chilcott said. “He's taking ...
The Sapphire WSA includes about 94,000 acres in the Bitterroot National Forest and portions of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. The Montana Wilderness Association describes the Sapphire WSA as “the biological heartland of the wilderness complex that stretches from the Big Hole Valley to ...
The Bitterroot Winter Special Olympics has had hundreds of volunteers through the 37 years of the event at Lost Trail Powder Mountain. And a big role is played by local law enforcement when the awards are presented. Volunteers from six law organizations presented the medals and awards at the ...
The office will reopen once Congress restores funding." It was the same at Bitterroot National Forest headquarters. Most Bitterroot residents probably didn't need services at such centers Monday morning. But almost everyone we talked to was aware of the shutdown. Ray Anderson and a friend spent the morning fishing on ...

The St. Mary's Peak lookout initially was constructed on a pole foundation, but that was replaced with a stone base after the original "cap" — or structure — blew off in 1951 during a windstorm. Photo courtesy of the Bitterroot National Forest. Gird Point Lookout. Buy Now. The Gird Point Lookout sits at an ...
Two of the areas identified for study in the 1977 MWSA are contained wholly or partially in the Bitterroot National Forest. The Sapphire WSA, totaling about 97,000 acres, straddles the boundary between the Bitterroot National Forest and the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest along the Sapphire Crest ...
The St. Mary's Peak lookout initially was constructed on a pole foundation, but that was replaced with a stone base after the original "cap" — or structure — blew off in 1951 during a windstorm. Photo courtesy of the Bitterroot National Forest. Gird Point Lookout. Buy Now. The Gird Point Lookout sits at an ...
I went to the Fly Fishers of the Bitterroot meeting last Tuesday and heard a remarkable presentation by Heather Barber, executive director of the Bitter Root Water Forum. When I came to the Bitterroot Valley in 1994, the water forum was in existence but no one really knew much about the organization and ...
The Bitterroot National Forest and the Bitterroot-Selway Wilderness area are prime grizzly bear habitat, notes Dave Lockman, a wildlife biologist with the forest. As their population continues to increase elsewhere, they're expanding their ranges. Lockman noted that a grizzly bear sighting was confirmed in ...
With many families traditionally cutting their own Christmas tree after Thanksgiving, the Bitterroot National Forest reminds them that they need to have a $5 ... holiday outing available to those who live near national forest lands, with abundant choices of trees and species on the Bitterroot National Forest.
Tod McKay with the Bitterroot National Forest checks out the Lost Horse Guard Station that might be part of the rental system. The proposed fee ... Fees for cabin rentals, campgrounds and group sites could be increased — and in a few cases doubled —– under a proposal by the Bitterroot National Forest.
The Bitterroot National Forest wants to raise the price to use 14 campgrounds and three cabins. The proposed fees would affect campgrounds in the Stevensville, West Fork and Darby/Sula ranger districts including the Charles Waters Campground, the Magruder Ranger's House and the Como Lake ...
HAMILTON - The recent cooler and wet weather has prompted the Bitterroot National Forest to lower the fire danger beginning on Sunday from "Extreme" to “Moderate”. When fire danger is “moderate”, fires can start from most accidental causes, but the number of fires is usually low. If a fire starts in open, ...
There are five new fires burning tonight on the Bitterroot National Forest. All are lightning-caused from last night's storm. The 1/4 acre Three Mile fire is located in the Sapphire Mountains east of Stevensville, north of Ambrose Saddle. There are currently 6 BNF firefighters, 2 engines and a helicopter (bucket ...
A timber sale that aims to reduce fire danger has been approved by the Bitterroot National Forest near last year's Roaring Lion fire site. Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor Julie King announced Tuesday that Pyramid Mountain Lumber of Seeley Lake has been awarded a timber contract for the Westside ...

The letter makes note that the Bitterroot National Forest has 750,211 acres of dedicated wilderness area and two WSAs with a combined acreage of 101,974 acres and an additional 48,864. acres designated as Recommended Wilderness Areas. “We believe that there are NO public lands, which are not ...
Bitterroot National Forest timber sale administrator Jon Garlitz said Pyramid halted logging a couple weeks ago. "Log haul did continue for a couple more weeks whenever we had frozen conditions in the evening and morning," he said. "So they would haul during the morning. But last Friday even log hauls have stopped ...
In September, the Bitterroot National Forest reduced its fire danger level from extreme to moderate, and last week the Custer Gallatin National ...
Weather permitting, the southern end of the Bitterroot National Forest is planning to implement fall prescribed burning projects as early as this ...
Tod McKay of the Bitterroot National Forest said the Bass Creek Overlook Road #1136 remains closed to the public because of nearby hotspots ...
Three sawyers from the Bitterroot National Forest are taking their crosscut saws to hurricane-ravaged Georgia to help clear trees in wilderness ...
The Bitterroot National Forest is inviting public comments on a proposed thinning project in the Bitterroot Mountains west of Hamilton.
The Bitterroot National Forest lowered the fire danger to moderate on Sunday, after more than a month of extreme fire conditions.
The Bitterroot National Forest is taking comments on a proposed 27,453-acre project near Darby that involves logging, prescribed burns, ...
HAMILTON - The recent cooler and wet weather has prompted the Bitterroot National Forest to lower the fire danger beginning on Sunday from ...
During the two-hour meeting at the Bitterroot National Forest supervisor's office, some applauded the proposals created by a citizen advisory ...
Tuesday's hearing in Hamilton is at 6 PM at the Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor's Office on 1801 North First Street, and the final hearing ...
The Bitterroot National Forest lowered the fire danger to moderate on Sunday, after more than a month of extreme fire conditions.
... an evacuation warning is in effect on East Fork Road from FS Road 5778 to Little East Fork Rd (FS Rd 724) on the Bitterroot National Forest.
The Bitterroot National Forest is taking comments on a proposed 27,453-acre project near Darby that involves logging, prescribed burns, ...
This summer, the couple moved north to a tower in the Bitterroot National Forest in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, that can only be reached ...
Altogether, the fires cover 112,857 acres; however, only 13,632 acres from the Meyers Fire is burning in the Bitterroot National Forest, lowering ...
The Nelson Creek Fire in the West Fork Ranger District of the Bitterroot National Forest is now over 200 acres with 125 firefighters, four engines ...
There are five new fires burning tonight on the Bitterroot National Forest. All are lightning-caused from last night's storm. The 1/4 acre Three ...
About 1,700 acres are burning on the Darby/Sula Ranger District on the Bitterroot National Forest in the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness and ...
The Bitterroot National Forest closed the East Fork Road at the East Fork Guard Station. The closure includes Martin Creek Campground, East ...
Firefighters have responded to and extinguished 55 wildfires on the Bitterroot National Forest this summer, according to McKay, who added that ...
RED FLAG WARNING has been posted for this afternoon for the Bitterroot NF, Deerlodge/West Beaverhead NF. Scattered thunderstorms ...
A timber sale that aims to reduce fire danger has been approved by the Bitterroot National Forest near last year's Roaring Lion fire site.
Fry fire on the Bitterroot National Forest boundary is mapped at 100 acres, with the growth being in Fry Pan Creek. Pan . fire in Sixty Two Creek ...
That fire is moving east toward the Bitterroot National Forest. Smoke and fire will be present in the Magruder Road corridor near Bargamin ...
The fire is in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness and is moving east, causing the Bitterroot National Forest officials to examine ...
DARBY, Mont. - The Bitterroot National Forest is in a little better condition after an eight-week work stint by the Youth Conservation Corps.
Mark Wilson is fire management officer on the Bitterroot National Forest. He told NBC Montana Wednesday that where the smoke comes from ...
The fires on the forest are not large, compared to surrounding forests, but two main factors are being considered. Tod McKay of the forest ...
A Bitterroot National Forest spokesperson says the blazes are not threatening any structures and will be managed for resource benefits and ...
Dominic Butte Fire did not grow in size over the weekend and remains at 55 acres today. The lightning caused fire located on the Stevensville ...
Firefighters are actively working on numerous blazes on the Bitterroot National Forest, and the wildfires have prompted some closures.


 

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