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xcountry at chief joseph
A cross-country skier enjoys the sunshine on the Chief Joseph trails. (USFS Photo)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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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sand at Lake Como
The restored sand at Lake Como. (KLYQ Photo)

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)

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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Boo Boo the black bear, a few months ago. (Karen Dunlap/USFS)

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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como lake
Ice on Lake Como in the Bitterroots. (KLYQ Photo)

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)

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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