Forest Service to Hold Open House Meetings for Pintler Face Project
By Moosetrack Megan
The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest is hosting a series of public meetings to discuss the Pintler Face Project proposed by the Wisdom Ranger District, Wise River office, located approximately 10 miles northwest of Wise River. The objectives of these public meetings are to provide interested individuals information regarding treatment opportunities and to seek feedback. These meetings will be held:
July 27: Hearst Free Library 6 to 8 p.m.
401 Main Street, Anaconda
August 1: Wisdom Community Center 7 to 9 p.m.
August 3: Wise River Community Center 7 to 9 p.m.
August 8: MT DNRC office 7 to 9 p.m.
860 North Montana Avenue, Dillon
August 10: Butte Ranger District office 7 to 9 p.m.
1820 Meadowlark Lane, Butte
The 74,000 acre project proposes to integrate numerous restoration actions to be implemented on a variety of vegetation and habitat types.
These actions include: harvesting of lodgepole pine trees nearing the end of their natural life cycle and infested with mountain pine; reduction of stand densities in Douglas fir to promote large tree development, landscape mosaic, tree species diversity, and resiliency to insects and disease; pre-commercial thinning of lodgepole pine to increase growth and improve resiliency by reducing stand density and competition for limited resources such as water; removal of conifers in aspen stands to increase vigor of riparian-associated vegetation including aspen; removal of conifers in sagebrush parks and grasslands with chainsaws and prescribed fire to assist in preventing conversion of sagebrush steppe lands to homogenous forested vegetation; and, travel management which would include changes to route season of use, mode of travel, decommissioning, additions to the transportation system, and loop opportunity creation to reduce open motorized road and trail density to meet Forest Plan Goals.
For more information about the project or the open house meetings, contact Pam Fletcher, Project Team Leader, at email@example.com or (406) 494-0231. Information about the project is posted online at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49404