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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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The Lake Como boat launch last summer. (KLYQ Photo)
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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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Mountain Pine Beetles have attacked nearby trees in this 2012 photo. (USFS)
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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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The look of the forest is "red and dead" where the Mountain Pine Beetle has attacked. (USFS Photo)
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Beetle Infested Trees Keep Campground Closed

The effects of the Mountain Pine Beetle are evident.

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A peak in the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana. (KLYQ File Photo)
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Boulder Creek Trail Opens for Weekend Use Only

Work continues on beetle-killed timber.

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Dead trees in Bitterroot Valley. (KLYQ Photo)
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Beetle-killed Trees Are Coming Down

A popular trailhead will be closed for a month.

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Spraying for the Mountain Pine Beetle. (USFS Photo)
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Bitterroot Forest Attacks the Pine Beetle

Preventative work is underway to slow down the beetles.

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Bitterroot trees. (KLYQ Photo)
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Bitterroot Forest Continues to be “Bugged”

Some bugs are past their outbreak peak; others are increasing.

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Bitterroot trees are under attack by beetles. (KLYQ photo)
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Bitterroot Forest Starts Logging Near Como

210 acres killed by beetles will be involved in operation.

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Mountain Pine Beetles have attacked this tree. (File Photo)
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Bitterroot Beetle “War” Summits Planned

Experts will try to help slow the spread of the pests.

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