The Bitterroot National Forest is re-opening the popular Boulder Creek Trail #617 for the weekends at the Sam Billings Campground. The trail will be open each weekend from 5 a.m. Friday until 10 p.m. Sunday. It will be closed to public use during the weekdays.

The trail and campground have been closed because of logging that is removing beetle-killed trees in and near the recreation area, according to Bitterroot National Forest public affairs officer Tod McKay.

Though the weekend use of the trail will be possible, the Sam Billings campground itself will remain closed until the logging project is completed, which should take several more weeks, according to McKay.

West Fork District Ranger Dave Campbell said, "We appreciate your patience as we get this important work completed which will help ensure the big, beautiful pine trees at Sam Billings and Boulder Creek Trailhead have a better chance of surviving into the future."

Similar projects were completed at Alta and Rombo Campgrounds on the West Fork, along with Lake Como Recreation Area and four sites in the Sula District. C&L Tree Management of Darby is salvaging about 400,000 board feet of timber for use in Montana sawmills.