Last fall, a 225-acre thinning project was started at Lost Trail Powder Mountain. Only 80 acres were completed before winter weather shut down operations, according to Tod McKay of the Bitterroot National Forest.

This week, Sun Mountain Lumber of Deer Lodge started work on the remaining acres of beetle-killed and infested trees. The operation will be near chairlifts 1, 2, 3 and 5 and will bring out about 900,000 board feet of timber.

During the logging, the ski area will be closed to the public. McKay said the project will also reduce fire hazards and will reduce the number of grey and red, dead trees, which will simply make the area look better to tourists.

The work should be completed by early October and is one of a dozen timber salvage projects that the Bitterroot National Forest has conducted in the last two years.

McKay reported 45,000 people visit Lost Trail Powder Mountain annually.