Tuesday evening, the Bitterroot National Forest will host a public meeting and workshop on the proposed "Bitterroot Front Project," an inclusive proposal that brings together private and public lands to reduce fire risk to communities, among other factors. The Hamilton meeting will be at the Bitterroot River Inn and Conference Center from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. November 12. It is the last of five initial meetings on the project that have also been in Darby, Florence, Stevensville and Corvallis in the past month.

The officials are looking at a "large picture" of 150,000 acres of Bitterroot National Forest on the west side of the valley from Trapper Creek on the south to McClain Creek on the north. Tod McKay said that about 50,000 acres is in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI), where a large majority of new homes have been built in Ravalli County. The "Shared Stewardship Approach" will work with private land owners to reduce fuels. Organizations involved include Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Bitter Root RC&D, and the Natural Resources and Conservation Service.