Kootenai National Forest

The Flathead National Forest is hosting an open house on a proposed timber sale near Bigfork.
Flathead National Forest

Supervisors for the Flathead National Forest held an open house in Kalispell on Monday to answer questions about proposed revisions to its draft forest plan.

The plan provides long-term management goals and standards, and outlines the forest’s projected timber sales.

Kootenai National Forest sign.
Josh Burnham

Environmentalists are suing the U.S. Forest Service over the agency’s approval of the Montanore Mine near Libby. The lawsuit filed Friday says the government’s authorization for the mine in the Cabinet Mountains could drain surrounding waterways and harm a species of trout protected under federal law.

Grizzly bear.

This week an environmental group filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in federal court in Missoula, saying that grizzly bears in the Cabinet-Yaak area of northwest Montana should be listed as endangered species.

Ross Creek Cedars
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On the Kootenai National Forest, one wildfire is burning within 1/2 mile of the Ross Creek Cedars, a popular scenic area home to massive cedars up to 1,000 years old.

Fire officials say they're working to keep the Sawtooth Fire from the Ross Creek Cedars, a popular tourist destination on the Kootenai National Forest
Josh Burnham (CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0)

In far northwest Montana, about 85 homes remain evacuated due to the Napoleon fire. It’s part of what’s now being called the Clark Fork Complex of six fires straddling the Montana - Idaho border.