Kalispell, MT April 15, 2021 – Flathead National Forest Supervisor Kurt Steele approved the Frozen Moose Project decision. The project will reduce fuels and fire intensities in the wildland urban interface; improve diversity and resilience of vegetative communities and associated wildlife habitat; maintain and improve aquatic ecosystems; and provide products to contribute to the economy. This project is located on the Glacier View Ranger District spanning from Red Meadow Creek to the Canadian Border.
Approved activities include approximately 3,180 acres of commercial vegetation treatments and 4,070 acres of noncommercial treatment. To achieve this, roughly 13 miles of historical roadbeds will be returned to the system and 6 miles of temporary road will be constructed, all roads will be made impassable following project activities and public motorized access will not change. Aquatic improvement work will include the restoration of 3.3 miles of historical roads, replacement of 14 culverts, and removal of 4 additional culverts.
The Forest has been planning and asking for public input on the project since 2019. The Forest received ten objections during the 45-day objection process that ended November 30, 2020. Two objections supported the project and eight objections expressed concerns over aspects of the project. Implementation of the project may begin immediately.
More information about the project can be found on the Forest’s project website.