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The 2,100-acre Weed Lake project is entirely within the wildland-urban interface on the east side of Swan Lake, approximately 14 miles outside Bigfork.
USDA

The Flathead National Forest announced Monday that it has approved a pair of vegetation management projects that it says will improve forest health and increase resistance to wildfires.

Pyramid Mountain Lumber Company in Seeley Lake, Montana
Nick Mott

Amidst the golden, glowing larches bordering Seeley Lake, freshly cut one-by-fours stream down a sort of disassembly line. This is Pyramid Mountain Lumber Company, and it’s one of increasingly few places in Montana where cut trees are turned into timber.

Mid-Swan Project area and vicinity map.
USDA Forest Service

The Flathead National Forest is pitching a new project in northwestern Montana’s Swan Valley that it says would benefit forests, streams and human communities.

And it’s a big project, says Flathead National Forest Supervisor Chip Weber.

Crystal Cedar project vicinity map.
Flathead National Forest

The Flathead National Forest is proposing a non-motorized trail network and logging and fuel reduction project north of Columbia Falls.

The Crystal Cedar Project proposal is based on feedback the Forest received last year from about 70 local landowners and interested parties. It covers Teakettle Mountain, Blankenship Road, Crystal Creek, Cedar Flats and Spoon Lake.

The Libby eagle sits above downtown Libby, Montana.
Nicky Ouellet

In about a year, the Environmental Protection Agency will leave Libby, where it’s worked for the last two decades to clean up asbestos contamination, a lethal byproduct leftover from W.R. Grace’s vermiculite mine. But locals in Lincoln County say the EPA packing up doesn’t necessarily mean cleanup work is done.

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