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Bass Creek Logging at Overlook

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Go here, but not there. (KLYQ File Photo)
Logging operations will temporarily close the road to Bass Creek Overlook from October 7 through October 12 on the Bitterroot National Forest.

Tod McKay, Public Information Officer for the forest, said in a news release that the closure will be at the junction of Road 1136 and the Charles Water Campground entrance. He wrote that hikers, horseback riders and others can park near the upper loop of the campground to get to the popular Bass Creek trailhead.

The logging of beetle-killed trees and thinning to prevent further attacks started in May. During the summer camping season, Pyramid Mountain Lumber of Seeley Lake held back on their work to let people enjoy the area.

Now, the 765-acre project is in the last stages, with heavy logging equipment in the area near the campground and trailhead. McKay said about 4 million board feet of timber will be brought out of the area.

Stevensville District Ranger Dan Ritter hoped that the work will be completed and the area re-opened within a few weeks.

Project updates, maps and more information can be found on the Bitterroot National Forest website.

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