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  • Comments sought on Liberty II fire salvage project

    US Forest Service - Lolo National Forest|Sep 26, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – The Lolo National Forest is asking for public feedback on a proposal to harvest trees impacted by insect infestation and disease within the 2017 Liberty Fire burned area on the Seeley Lake Ranger District. This effort has been collaboratively developed with the Southwest Crown Collaborative and the Blackfoot Challenge. The Liberty Fire was ignited by lightning on July 15, 2017 and burned through the summer and into early fall, impacting approximately 28,694 acres over multiple jurisdictions, 9,452 acres of which are National Fores...

  • Monture Trail repaired after recent storms

    US Forest Service - Lolo National Forest|Sep 26, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – Trail crews spent much of last week conducting repair work on Monture Trail #27, located on the Seeley Lake Ranger District, to address a trail washout caused by storms two weeks ago. Monture Trail is a popular route into the Bob Marshall Wilderness and is frequently used by hunters with stock. The crews were successful in moving rock and conducting some drilling to regrade the trail tread and make it passable to stock animals. The Forest Service encourages anyone heading into t...

  • Heavy rains cause increased runoff - Monture Trail impassable for stock

    US Forest Service - Lolo National Forest|Sep 19, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – Heavy rains at the beginning of the week resulted in increased runoff and a trail washout in the Monture Drainage on the Seeley Lake Ranger District. Monture Trail #27 is currently impassable to stock at approximately 4.3 miles up the trail at the Yellowjacket drainage due to increased flows and debris movement caused by recent storms. It is recommended that day-riders use the flat trail section before Bill Creek as a turn-around point prior to reaching the blind corner and Y...

  • Prescribed burns planned on Seeley Lake Ranger District

    US Forest Service - Lolo National Forest|Aug 29, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Ranger District is planning to conduct prescribed burning and pile burning this fall to help restore habitat and better protect nearby communities from future wildfires by reducing hazardous fuels. Frequent, low-intensity fire is essential to restore National Forest lands for the communities who depend on them. Prescribed fires improve habitat conditions for wildlife by promoting nutrient recycling of fire-adapted vegetation and growth of new forage for wildlife bro...

  • Road closure on Cottonwood Lakes Road #477

    US Forest Service - Lolo National Forest|Aug 22, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - The Lolo National Forest is replacing the Swamp Creek stream crossing at milepost 3.7 on the Cottonwood Lakes Road (FS Road #477) starting Aug. 19. The road will be closed on either side of the project (between Blind Canyon Road #4378 and Swamp Creek Road #4379) for up to three weeks. The old culvert will be replaced with a new culvert that will pass all storm and runoff flows and will allow for fish and aquatic organisms to cross under the road. Forest users will still be able to...

  • Missoula County Resource Advisory Committee seeking members

    US Forest Service - Lolo National Forest|Aug 22, 2019

    MISSOULA - The Missoula County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) is seeking new members to share in the management of local National Forest lands. Volunteer RAC committee members serve an important role in recommending how funds received by counties under the Secure Rural Schools Act will be spent in the county on projects that are on, or will benefit, nearby National Forest lands. By law, RACs must be comprised of 15 members from Montana with balanced and broad representation of the public. RAC member duties and commitments: • Review and m...

  • Carolyn Upton named Lolo Forest Supervisor

    US Forest Service - Lolo National Forest|Mar 7, 2019

    MISSOULA – Carolyn Upton has been named Forest Supervisor for the Lolo National Forest and is expected to begin work in Missoula at the end of March. Upton is currently the deputy Forest Supervisor on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest and Thunder Basin National Grasslands in Colorado. “I am very excited to announce Carolyn Upton as the new Forest Supervisor for the Lolo National Forest,” said Regional Forester Leanne Marten. “Carolyn has a wealth of experience and a strong passion for working collaboratively with community members...

  • Membership sought for Resource Advisory Committee

    US Forest Service - Lolo National Forest|Dec 20, 2018

    MISSOULA – Membership recruiting is underway for the Missoula County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) and Forest Service officials are soliciting applications from individuals interested in serving in one of the available 15 positions on the RAC. The RAC positions are unpaid but members provide a valuable service by making recommendations on projects that benefit Forest Service land within Missoula County. The membership terms for the original membership have expired and appointments beyond eight years (two, four year terms) are not c...

  • Lolo National Forest to update mailing list

    Lolo National Forest|Oct 25, 2018

    MISSOULA – The Lolo National Forest is asking the public to help update its mailing list for those who wish to receive forest information about project planning and other activities. Those who are currently on LNF’s mailing list will be notified with instructions on how to remain on the list or update their mailing information. Data maintained by the Forest includes: name, address, telephone, email and interests. Those who wish to receive information will be able to select a geographic area (entire Forest or by Ranger District) and type(s) of...

  • Salvage on Liberty Fire Proposed

    Lolo National Forest|Mar 15, 2018

    The Lolo National Forest is proposing to harvest trees burned by the Liberty fire and plant seedlings within the fire perimeter. The project is located on the Lolo National Forest Seeley Lake and Missoula Ranger Districts, 13 miles southwest of Seeley Lake. The Liberty Fire was ignited by lightning on July 15, 2017. The fire burned approximately 28,694 acres: 9,452 acres was National Forest System (NFS) land, 6,859 acres of private land and 12,378 acres of Flathead Agency land. About 61 percent of the Liberty fire burned areas the LNF...

  • Some Seeley Snowmobile Routes to be Temporarily Closed

    Lolo National Forest|Nov 30, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Ranger District will close two snowmobile routes near the Rice Ridge Fire burned area beginning Dec. 1 so that trucks can safely haul logs that were removed during fireline construction on the Rice Ridge Fire. The log decks were staged on roadsides during fireline construction, which was built to protect the local community from the 160,187 acre Rice Ridge Fire. The closures will start Dec. 1 and include: SNO-63.01 (Cottonwood Lakes) from junction with SNO-63.13 (Kozy Korner) to junction with SNO-63.37 (Dunham Cree...

  • Seeley Lake Ranger District to Host Public Lands Day Event

    Submitted by the Lolo National Forest|Sep 15, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Ranger District will host a free half-day (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) National Public Lands Day event Saturday, Sept. 24 at Monture Guard Station. The event will include a tour of the historic Guard Station, demonstrations on the use of primitive tools, packing stock, identifying noxious weeds, analyzing soils, practicing leave no trace principles, operating a district fire engine and more! Bring your family and your lunch and the Forest Service will provide drinks, dessert and free t-shirts (while they last). Meet S...

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