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Flathead prepares for fall and winter camping seasons

SWAN VALLEY - Flathead National Forest staff and concessionaires are preparing campgrounds and other recreation sites to close or move to primitive status for the winter season.   Many campgrounds are available for primitive camping in the...

 

FNF plans for fall prescribed burn projects

SWAN VALLEY - The Flathead National Forest is planning to conduct fall prescribed fire projects on the Swan Lake, Hungry Horse/Glacier View Ranger, Tally Lake and Spotted Bear Ranger Districts when weather, fuel conditions and air quality become...

 

Public input sought on Mid-Swan Restoration and WUI Project

SWAN VALLEY - The Flathead National Forest is seeking public input on a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a 174,000 acre landscape level project to restore forest conditions and reduce fuels in Swan Valley. The purpose of the Mid-Swan...

 

Firefighters attacking Lion Creek fire in remote Swan Valley

SWAN VALLEY - Flathead National Forest firefighters are working on suppressing a fire in a remote area of the Swan Mountain Range. The Lion Creek Fire was reported Tuesday, Aug. 11, burning in heavy fuels on steep slopes. The lightning caused fire...

 

Forest Service recognizes Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation

KALISPELL – USDA Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen recently honored The Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation, the nonprofit partner that coordinates with the Forest Service in stewardship of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, with the...

 

Fees change at Flathead cabins and campgrounds

KALISPELL - Last month, the Flathead County Resource Advisory Committee and USFS Northern Regional Office approved fee changes for 12 rental cabins and the Spotted Bear and Lindbergh Lake campgrounds in Flathead National Forest. The changes come as...

 

Flathead National Forest prepares for 2020 fire season

SWAN VALLEY - In the last two weeks, Flathead National Forest and other local firefighting agencies have responded to multiple human-caused wildland fires across Flathead Valley. As part of Wildfire Awareness Month which occurs every year in May,...

 

Campgrounds expected to open by Memorial Day weekend, spring recreation on the Flathead Forest

SWAN VALLEY – Flathead National Forest and concessionaire Flathead Valley Campgrounds are working hard to open developed fee campgrounds over the next three weeks, with most sites anticipated to fully open by Memorial Day weekend. Rental cabin...

 

Flathead National Forest prepares for spring prescribed fire projects

SWAN VALLEY - Flathead National Forest is planning spring prescribed fire projects when weather and air quality are favorable. People can expect to see smoke in various places in the Flathead Valley depending on burn locations and weather...

 

Flathead National Forest closes rental cabins, developed campgrounds

KALISPELL – Fifteen rental cabins in Flathead National Forest have been closed indefinitely for the health and safety of visitors and staff. Developed campgrounds and most restroom facilities are also closed. Even though campgrounds are closed,...

 

Lolo and Flathead National Forests offers free personal use firewood cutting beginning April 1

Personal firewood cutting will be free to the general public from April 1 through June 1, 2020, on the Lolo and Flathead National Forests. No permit will be required during this time. Woodcutters can...

 

Muddy spring road conditions increases damage

KALISPELL - Snow and ice melt are creating muddy conditions on many National Forest roads. People planning on driving in the forest should use caution and plan on turning around if they find soft roads. Motorists may encounter roads that the forest...

 

Flathead National Forest announces new Forest Supervisor

KALISPELL - Kurt Steele has been named forest supervisor for Flathead National Forest. He's expected to begin work in mid-February. Steele has been the deputy forest supervisor for the Nez-Perce...

 

Flathead National Forest Supervisor Chip Weber to Retire

KALISPELL - Chip Weber, the Forest Supervisor for the Flathead National Forest, has announced his plans to retire Jan. 1, 2020 after a 33-year career that has taken him to four different regions of the Forest Service and seven different National Fore...

 

Public surveys on the Flathead National Forest, National Visitor Use Monitoring survey

SWAN VALLEY – This fall the public will encounter Forest Service employees conducting interviews in developed and dispersed recreation sites and along Forest Service roads. They will be out in all types of weather conditions, wearing bright orange...

 

Road and culvert work on Cold Lakes Road, access impacted

SWAN VALLEY - The Swan Lake Ranger District of the Flathead National Forest will recondition existing Cold Lakes Road (FS No. 9599) by installing metal pipe and placing aggregate surfacing on the road.  Work will continue the week of Sept. 23 and...

 

Fall prescribed fire projects to start on the Flathead

SWAN VALLEY - The Flathead National Forest is planning to conduct fall prescribed fire projects, when weather, fuel conditions and air quality become favorable. Smoke will be visible from various places in the Flathead Valley depending on the...

 

Lindy Ridge prescribed burn scheduled for Swan

SWAN LAKE - The Swan Lake Ranger District of the Flathead National Forest is planning to conduct a prescribed fire in and adjacent to the Mission Mountains Wilderness west of Lindbergh Lake along Lindy Ridge when weather, fuel conditions and air...

 

Flathead National Forest spring prescribed fire projects

SWAN VALLEY - The Flathead National Forest is planning to conduct spring prescribed fire projects, when weather, fuel conditions, and air quality become favorable. Smoke will be visible from various places in the Flathead Valley depending on the...

 

Forest Service seeks scoping comments on Van Lake project

SWAN VALLEY - The Swan Lake Ranger District of the Flathead National Forest is requesting public scoping comments on the Van Lake Project in the Swan Valley. Comments received by March 15 are the most helpful in project development. The proposed...

 

Christmas tree permits available

Christmas tree permits are now available on the Lolo and Flathead National Forests. Permits are $5 per tree with a three tree limit per household. Permits on the Lolo are available at all District offices. Permits may also be purchased at Murdoch’s...

 

Flathead National Forest identifies need for restoration in the Swan

SWAN VALLEY - The Swan Lake Ranger District of the Flathead National Forest is requesting input on the proposed Mid Swan Landscape Restoration & Wildland Urban Fuels Reduction Project. The project is located in the Swan Valley, south of Swan Lake str...

 

Flathead National Forest finalizes Glacier Loon decision

SWAN VALLEY - Chip Weber, Flathead National Forest Supervisor, signed the final decision for the Glacier Loon Fuels Reduction and Forest Health Project. The project area is located on the Swan Lake Ranger District, in the Swan River Valley, south...

 

Prescribed burn projects planned on the Flathead

SWAN VALLEY - Fire managers on the Flathead National Forest are planning to conduct fall prescribed fire projects when weather, fuel conditions and air quality are favorable. Smoke will be visible from various places in the Flathead and Swan Valleys...

 

Swan Lake Welcomes New District Ranger

SWAN LAKE - The Flathead National Forest is pleased to announce the arrival of Chris Dowling, the new district ranger for the Swan Lake Ranger District following the retirement of Ranger Rich Kehr. Bi...

 

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