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Ashes remain at the Rumsey Gulch Fire, but many homes were saved. (USFS Photo)
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Less Firefighters at the Rumsey Gulch Fire near Philipsburg

More personnel are leaving the firelines as the fight against the Rumsey Gulch Forest Fire near Philipsburg winds down.

The number of people on the firelines dropped below 80 Thursday and the final news release on the fire will be issued Friday, March 17

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Photo courtesy of scatteredView/Flickr
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Missoula’s Neptune Aviation Loses Expected Forest Service Contract, Millions Already Spent

Missoula's Neptune Aviation heard bad news this week when the U.S. Forest Service announced the winners of lucrative contracts for developing the next generation of firefighting air tankers.

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Photo courtesy of The United States Forest Service
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Governor Steve Bullock “Still Considering” Whether to Send Money Back to the U.S. Forest Service After Sequester

The National Forest Service is demanding that states give back money originally intended for the development of roadways and schools.

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The Warm Springs Pack Bridge in Idaho, during fire season 2012. (USFS Photo)
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Idaho Legislature Wants Wilderness Trails Repaired

In the Idaho Legislature, representatives want some help from the U.S. Forest Service to clean up trails damaged by wildfires in wilderness areas.

The Idaho House of Representatives Resources and conservation Committee has brought forward a resolution specifically for the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness

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The outcrops of Palisades Campground.
The limestone outcrops of Palisades Campground. (Photo by darrellscycleamerica.com)
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New Trail to Connect Red Lodge with Forest Service Trails

A new trail called the Palisades Trail will be constructed this year on the Beartooth Ranger District of the Custer National Forest.

District Ranger Traute Parrie approved the project following a public comment period, according to a Forest Service news release

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photo courtesy of vastateparkstaff/flickr.com
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Update – Florence Woman Died of Heart Attack While Riding [NEW AUDIO]

A 68 year-old Florence woman was found dead Tuesday afternoon on a horseback riding trail near Larry Creek in the Bitterroot National Forest.

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KLYQ File Photo
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Forest Service Reviews Three Saddle Project

The Three Saddle Vegetation Management Project is planned for the Three Mile and Ambrose Creek areas of the Sapphire Mountains on the east side of the Bitterroot Valley.
The Bitterroot National Forest has released an Environmental Asses

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Skalkaho Creek recently (KLYQ photo)
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Watchin’ the Water – June 22

Hot weather and a lot of snowpack equals continued high water in Western Montana. That includes the Bitterroot Valley. Streams and creeks have been running high for months and the Bitterroot River is again flirting with flood stage

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Forest Service Photo
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Schmidt is New Deputy Regional Forester

Tom Schmidt has been selected as the Northern Region's Deputy Regional Forester. US Forest Service Regional Forester Leslie Weldon made the announcement March 15 and said Schmidt will start work almost immediately

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