The threat of the Mountain Pine Beetle is real.
Trying to get ahead of the forest-killing insect, the Bureau of Land Management will temporarily close three camping areas in the Big Hole so the pesticide Carbaryl can be sprayed on the trees.
Dickie Bridge and East Bank campgrounds and the Bryant Creek dispersed camping site will be closed for 48 hours during the spraying operation.
The spraying will be done sometime between June 27 and July 8.
The campsites are near the Big Hole River. About 500 lodgepole pine trees will be sprayed, and the treatment should last two years. Officials note a 99% effective result from Carbaryl.
For more information, call Michael O'Brien at BLM in Butte at (406) 533-7600.