Beetle-Kill Logging Planned
The Pintler Ranger District of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest is continuing some travel interruptions due to logging south of Philipsburg at Georgetown Lake.
The trees were killed by the Mountain Pine Beetle (MPB), who's populations have exploded throughout Northwest forests recently. Forest officials said that Lorengo and Sons Logging have been removing hazardous trees along Forest roads #406 (Georgetown Lake Upper Road) and #8686 (Georgetown Lake Lower Road). Both are on the northwest side of the lake and traffic will be impacted during the operations, which started late in 2011.
Logging will done on about 120 acres of beetle-killed trees.
Meanwhile, the Bitterroot National Forest will be letting out for bids for a similar MPB project around Lake Como northwest of Darby. An earlier timber sale resulted in no bids. The project has been reworked, lowering the price and lengthening the time for completion.