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A Hamilton woodpile. (KLYQ file photo)
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Bitterroot National Forest Begins Issuing 2013 Firewood Permits

Monday, April 1, the Bitterroot National Forest will begin issuing personal firewood cutting permits for the year.

According to a press release, the permits are good for 12 months and allow woodcutters to take up to 12 cords of firewood

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Open burning is a spring thing in the Bitterroot Valley. (KLYQ Photo)
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Forest Service in Montana Starts Spring Burning Projects

Initial plans for the U.S. Forest Service spring prescribed burning projects are coming on-line.

The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest has plans to burn about 322 acres in the Dry Gulch drainage 2 miles southwest of Divide in the Pioneer Mountains and another 350 acres burn between Sheep Creek and Sand Creek about 5 miles southeast of Wisdom in the Big Hole

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Bass Creek signs. (KLYQ File Photo)
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Bitterroot Forest Adds Bass Creek Logging Information Webpage

The 1,200 acre Larry-Bass logging and thinning project at Bass Creek will start soon.

The Bitterroot National Forest has added a webpage that will be updated regularly as work continues through the summer in the large area northwest of Stevensville that is very popular for hikers, horseback riders, mountain bikers and others

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Photo courtesy of Forest Service - Northern Region/Flickr
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Forest Service Study Reveals Mountain Pine Beetles on the Decline

An unreleased USFS study on Montana's forest has some good news when it comes to western pine beetle infestation.

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Trees at Bass Creek recreation area. (KLYQ file photo)
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Timber Cutting to Start at Bass Creek – Larry Creek Area in Bitterroot

A delayed logging and thinning operation at the Bitterroot National Forest's Larry and Bass Creek recreation areas will start.

Forest Supervisor Julie King said the Pyramid Mountain Lumber Company of Seeley Lake will get the timber stewardship contract at the site west of Stevensville

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A cross-country skier enjoys the sunshine on the Chief Joseph trails. (USFS Photo)
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March is a Great Time to Explore Montana Ski Trails

With the recent and future snow storms dropping the late season snow in the high country, followed by sunny days preceding spring, it's one of the best times to check out those cross-country, snowshoe and snowmobile trails you've been promising yourself to explore

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The Lake Como boat launch last summer. (KLYQ Photo)
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Lake Como Boat Launch Will Close During Logging

The trees around Lake Como have been attacked by the Mountain Pine Beetle. Many trees have died and others are dying, causing a safety hazard for people who visit the area.

One logging operation was completed last year and another has begun to make the area safe for recreation

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Bitterroot National Forest Como project map
The area under consideration for management by the Bitterroot National Forest. (USFS)
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Bitterroot National Forest Wants Public Comment on Lake Como Area Project

The Bitterroot National Forest has plans to work on about 5,640 acres of forest land between Lake Como and Lost Horse Road.

The area encompasses land on the ridge between Lake Como and the Lost Horse Canyon on the north

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Mountain Pine Beetles have attacked nearby trees in this 2012 photo. (USFS)
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More Beetle-killed Trees to be Removed at Lake Como

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

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smoke in Bitterroot Valley
This photo was taken in the late afternoon during the Ravalli County Fair from the East Side Highway. (Fullerton Photo)
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KLYQ’s Ravalli County News Story of 2012 – Smoke

In mid-August, the air monitor at the Ravalli County Courthouse in Hamilton reached the level "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups." It got worse during the next few weeks.

The reason - forest fires.

Forest fires in Idaho had been growing rapidly, some with massive amounts of bug-killed trees

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