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More Beetle-killed Trees to be Removed at Lake Como

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Mountain Pine Beetles have attacked nearby trees in this 2012 photo. (USFS)
The Bitterroot National Forest is heading back to Lake Como to remove more trees that have been killed or are dying from infestations of the Mountain Pine Beetle.

Logging has been conducted over the past year, and now another project on 210 acres will remove trees from campgrounds and areas on the south and north sides of the lake.

The work has already started and will continue through the year. The logging will be done on weekdays and weekends, but will not limit access to the popular cross-country ski trails south of the lake.

There are some closed areas on the east end of Lake Como, which includes the horse camp and the group site areas.

In a press release, Tod McKay reported that about 700,000 board feet of timber will be heading to Montana sawmills from the cutting. He said that removing the dead trees will eliminate a safety hazard and strengthen the remaining trees against future beetle attacks.

The forest has removed hazard trees from 12 campground in the south end of the Bitterroot Valley on the Sula and West Fork Ranger Districts.

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