LIBBY, Mont. July 3, 2019 – The Kootenai National Forest is hosting a public meeting and field visit in Libby to discuss forest health and fuels management needs for the Skidale project area. This area includes approximately 130 acres southwest of county land, near the Libby Elementary School. This meeting will be an opportunity to discuss/visit the project area and provide an opportunity to collaborate with the public about considerations and concerns as the proposed action is finalized.
At this time, the Kootenai Forest is considering this as a categorically excluded project to address insect and disease concerns as included in the authority under the Healthy Forest Restoration Act. Proposed activities include pre-commercial thinning, regeneration harvest (seedtree or shelterwood), improvement cut, and commercial thinning, followed by mechanical treatments/pile burning to meet fuel management objectives. No changes in motorized access or trails within the project area are being considered.
The public meeting will be held Monday July 15, from 5:00pm-7:30pm, beginning at the Skidale Hill parking area, across the road just west of the Libby Elementary School.
For more information or if you need sign language interpretation or other accessible accommodations, please contact Elizabeth Tichner at (406) 329-3480 or firstname.lastname@example.org by July 11.