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Kathy Bushnell

Helena National Forest
Forest Service Northern Region (PD)

The U.S. Forest Service is asking for input on a 140,000 acre management project in the Big Belt Mountains, northeast of Helena. But there are few details of what exactly the agency is proposing. 

Kathy Bushnell with the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest says the Middleman Project includes the Avalanche drainage continuing north to the Trout Creek drainages of the Big Belts.

“The end goal is to have a healthier and more resilient forest," Bushnell says. "And then also to reduce the fire risk to communities, and homes, and people, and firefighters.”

The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest has extended the public comment period for its draft forest plan. That plan will guide the Forest’s land use decisions for the next 15 years.

Forest spokesperson Kathy Bushnell says the original 90-day comment period was extended by one full month.

Belt Creek, in the Little Belt Mountains, Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest
Eric Whitney

The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest is hosting their annual open house next week in White Sulphur Springs.

"It’s mainly just to invite the public in to talk about projects that we’ve been working on over the years, but also projects that we have planned field work going on this upcoming summer," Kathy Bushnell, a spokesperson for the Forest says. 

Looking towards Virginia Peak on the Lewis and Clark National Forest
(PD)

The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest is proposing to add or increase fees at some of its recreation sites by $2 to $45.

Forest Spokeswoman Kathy Bushnell says officials are looking for public input on that. 

Helena National Forest
Forest Service Northern Region (PD)

The first in a series of nine public meetings on a re-write of the forest plan for the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest happens tonight in Lincoln. Forest plans provide land managers with important long-term guidance, goals and standards. Think of them as legally-mandated land and resource mission statements for our national forests.

Arial view of the Elk Creek Fire in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, April 11, 2016.
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The Elk Hill fire, which started early Saturday morning in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, has burned more than 1,000 acres in the Circle Creek area. The U.S. Forest Service’s Kathy Bushnell says the 1,000 acre fire is unusually large for this time of year.