Illegal Activity at Bass Creek Recreation Area in the Bitterroot Valley
By angelamontana

Posted: April 8, 2021
We are disappointed to again have to report illegal activity occurring at the Bass Creek Recreation Area on the Stevensville Ranger District. The latest incident involved someone illegally cutting green trees, as well as a sign post. As you can see in these photos, there were 9 live trees (Ponderosa Pine) recently cut and removed up Bass Creek.
Personal use firewood permits only allow for the removal of or the cutting of standing trees. Firewood gathering is also prohibited in developed recreation sites including campgrounds, picnic areas, boat launches, and trailheads. Anyone caught illegally cutting, damaging, or removing timber from the National Forest faces citations and fines of up to $5,000.
Help us put an end to disturbing activities like this at your local recreation areas by reporting suspicious behavior. This incident is currently under investigation. If you have any information to share regarding this incident, please call the Stevensville Ranger Station at 406-777-5461. We encourage everyone to enjoy their National Forests safely and responsibly.
For more information about firewood cutting requirements or to see maps of cutting areas, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/…/passes-permits/forestproducts or your local Ranger District Office.
(info via Bitterroot National Forest)