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mushroom
From deep in the forest up the Skalkaho. (Fullerton Photo)
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Bitterroot Forest Service Issues Only Personal Mushroom Permits

The Bitterroot National Forest is not issuing any commercial mushroom picking permits this year.

Tod McKay, in a news release, said that most of the forest fires that are likely places for mushroom growth -  such as the prized Morel mushroom - were in Idaho, and much of the fire activity was in wilderness area, where commercial picking is prohibited

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skalkaho map
A USFS Map shows the area involved in the project. (USFS)
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Skalkaho-Rye Road Bridge Work Planned by Forest Service

The Skalkaho Rye Road #75, southeast of Hamilton, will be temporarily closed so a bridge can be replaced by Bitterroot National Forest crews.

The roadwork will not affect travel on the main Skalkaho Highway, but will block off the Rye Road at Mile Marker 4

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Smoke could rise from a prescribed fire in the East Fork in planned project. (USFS Idaho File Photo)
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Bitterroot Forest Plans a Prescribed Burning Project on Sula District

A prescribed fire plan on the Bitterroot National Forest that was first proposed in 2010 has been reduced and brought forth again.

Sula District Ranger Chuck Oliver said the old plan was to apply fire to over 12,000 acres in the Blue Mountain and Cameron Creek areas on the Sula District

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Trees killed by the Mountain Pine Beetle. (USFS Photo)
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Bitterroot Forest Mountain Pine Beetle Infestation Increases

The bad news from this week's joint news release from the US Forest Service and Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation - "Mountain Pine Beetle activity in the Bitterroot is increasing

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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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pine beetle forest
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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