Kalispell, MT — Today, Flathead National Forest released the final Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Taylor Helloaring project located northwest of Whitefish, Montana.
The project includes approximately 28 miles of new trails that will connect to the community of Whitefish. It also identifies approximately 2,000 acres of vegetation treatments including fuels reduction to improve forest resilience and protect local communities and other values at risk from wildfire. Restoring whitebark and western white pine where suitable habitat conditions exist, and maintaining and improving wildlife habitat are also project objectives.
Timber harvest will be achieved using the Good Neighbor Authority with the Montana Department of Natural Resource Conservation. The Good Neighbor Authority allows the U.S. Forest Service to enter into agreements with state forestry agencies to do critical management work to improve forest health and productivity. Construction of trails will be done in collaboration with Whitefish Legacy Partners. Implementation is expected to begin this summer.
“It is a privilege to collaborate with local residents and nonprofit organizations to achieve significant recreation and wildfire preparedness goals,” said Flathead National Forest Supervisor Chip Weber. “Working alongside such dedicated partners, we are able to realize so much more together. We look forward to continuing those strong working relationships as we move forward to implement this project.”
The final decision and supporting documents can be found on the forest’s website.