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sand at Lake Como
The restored sand at Lake Como. (KLYQ Photo)
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The Shifting Sands of Como Lake

The beach area at Lake Como northwest of Darby has been transformed over the last few years into a convenient gathering place for summer visitors.

In fact, the Lake Como area is the top recreation area for the Northern Region of the U

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Bitterroot National Forest
A view through the trees. (KLYQ File Photo)
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Six People Needed to Help Select Resource Projects in Bitterroot

January 15 is the deadline to submit applications for the Ravalli County Resource Advisory Committee, also known as RAC.

The committee sifts through and recommend projects that benefit Bitterroot National Forest land and ecosystems throughout Ravalli County

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booboo bear
Boo Boo the black bear, a few months ago. (Karen Dunlap/USFS)
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Boo-Boo The Bear May Be Released Soon

The little black bear that survived the passage of the huge Mustang Forest Fire on the Salmon River this summer has been steadily recovering.

According to a story in the Ravalli Republic, Boo Boo may be released in June

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Ice on Lake Como in the Bitterroots. (KLYQ Photo)
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New Rules for Wolf Traps in Lake Como Area

A wolf trap set near a popular cross country ski trail caused the Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor to issue new trapping restrictions in the Lake Como area.

Supervisor Julie King is signing an order to require 150-foot setbacks from the cross country trails near Lake Como

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blodgett pass trail
Reconstruction of the Blodgett Pass Trail was completed this summer. (USFS Photo)
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Six Openings on the Ravalli County Resource Advisory Panel Need to be Filled

The Ravalli County Resource Advisory Committee needs six more members. The Bitterroot National Forest has applications available on-line or at any of the Bitterroot National Forest offices in Ravalli County

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Gird Point Lookout
It's all alone in the cold - Gird Point Lookout. (KLYQ Photo)
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Winter at Gird Point on the Bitterroot National Forest

East of Hamilton, in the Bitterroot National Forest, is the Gird Point Lookout. It is no longer operational, but the historic site has escaped a couple of forest fires in recent years.

When the snow falls, a telephoto look provides a stark landscape of Gird Point with the burned area below, framed by the forest

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Bitterroot sunset. (KLYQ Photo)
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US Forest Service Northern Region Gets History Prize

The 2012 Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation went to the Northern Region of the US Forest Service, headquartered in Missoula.

The award recognized the Region's Heritage Stewardship Enhancement program that since 2004 has made available almost $2 million to fund over 120 programs

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George Bain
George Bain, speaking at a public conference. (USFS Photo)
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Forest Service Northern Region Has New Director of Recreation, Lands

George Bain started work this week for the Northern Region of the US Forest Service.

Bain, who was the Forest Service's 2012 "Federal Land Manager of the Year," is the new Director of Recreation, Lands, Minerals, Heritage and Wilderness for the Northern Region of the Forest Service

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Bitterroot National Forest. (KLYQ Photo)
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Bitterroot Forest Offers Christmas Tree Permits

It's time to bundle up the kids, pile 'em in the SUV and take a saw or axe and go get a Christmas tree. After all, this is Montana.

The Bitterroot National Forest has Christmas tree permits again this year and they cost $5

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The Bear Trap Fire earlier this year. (Ken Harris Photo)
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Montana’s Fire Season – the Worst Since 1910

The 2012 forest fire season burned over 1 million acres of Montana land.

The Northern Rockies coordination Center has released figures for the year and it shows Montana had fire on 1,139,837 acres. That's from a total of 2,128 fires

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