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A Bitterroot National Forest road. (KLYQ Photo)
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Road Work Will Temporarily Close Magruder Corridor in Wilderness

There will be times this summer when you will not be able to use the Magruder Corridor Road between Montana and Idaho.

The West Fork Ranger District, in a news release, reports that damage to the road needs to be repaired in several sections - with several culvert replacements

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A bright full moon rises through the tree branches. (KLYQ Photo)
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Bitterroot Forest Service ‘Moon Walks’ Return

The nights in the Bitterroot Valley are great, and the Bitterroot National Forest celebrates them with monthly Moon Walks every summer.

Tod McKay of the Bitterroot National Foreset says this is the 13th year for Moon Walks, which are based on the book "Walk When the Moon is Full

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Smoke during last year's Sawtooth forest fire. (KLYQ Photo)
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Montana’s Wildfire Season Expected to be ‘Significant’

The summer wildfire season is expected to be at least as bad as last year, according to officials with the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho.

The center noted recent precipitation and cooler temperatures have delayed by several weeks the start of the fire season in Oregon, Idaho, Washington and Montana

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A trail south of Hamilton. (Fullerton Photo)
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Bitterroot Groups Will Hit the Trails on National Trails Day

Four Ravalli County groups will do some needed trail maintenance Saturday as part of National Trails Day June 1.

Tod McKay of the Bitterroot National Forest said the groups are the Bitterroot Backcountry Cyclists, the Ravalli County Off Road Users Association, the Selway-Pintlar Wilderness Backcountry Horsemen and the Bitter Root Back Country Horsemen

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Mountain sheep along the road up East Fork. (KLYQ File Photo)
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Camping Fever? Only One Cure – Bitterroot National Forest – Part Three

If you follow the Bitterroot River south, it splits into the East Fork and the West Fork - two totally different experiences, but still basic Montana forest. It's a little colder there on Memorial Day, but take a heavy coat and enjoy the campfires at the Bitterroot National Forest firepits

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A typical Bitterroot campground. (KLYQ Photo)
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So You Want to go Camping – Bitterroot National Forest is Ready – Part Two

You are chompin' at the bit to get out camping, but you're not ready to tramp on a backcountry trail into the wilderness.

The Stevensville Ranger District of the Bitterroot National Forest has some options:

  • Bass Creek Recreation Area (turn off US 93 at top of Bass Creek Hill) A large logging project will start next month, but right now the area is open. Ch
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    A view of the swimming area and beach last summer at Lake Como. (KLYQ File Photo)
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    The Bitterroot’s Lake Como, Other Forest Service Sites are Ready for the Summer – Part One

    The Bitterroot National Forest crews have been busy getting areas ready for summer fun throughout the valley.

    We'll look at Lake Como in this report.

    Day Use Fees are required at Como, and cost $5 per car per day or $30 for the whole season - from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend

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    The beetle-killed trees are being removed. (KLYQ File Photo)
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    Expect Lake Como Logging Almost Every Day of the Week

    The Bitterroot National Forest crews are logging beetle-killed and infested trees and thinning other forest stands around Lake Como.

    The 210-acre project has required the closure of some popular areas, including the Lake Como boat launch on the south side of the lake, according to Tod McKay of the USFS

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    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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    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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