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By Andi Bourne

New Approach to Salvage Logging – Opinions Still Clash


October 5, 2017

Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

The Rice Ridge Fire was stand replacing through areas of the Morrell Creek drainage. The opportunity for salvage logging and other fire-caused restoration needs are still being determined.

SEELEY LAKE - More than a million acres of Montana burned this fire season. Of the more than 750,000 federal acres that burned, nearly 160,000 acres were on the Rice Ridge Fire near Seeley Lake.

Due to the large geographical area and scope of the post-fire recovery efforts, Region 1 of the Forest Service launched a new approach to assessing the burned areas and pursuing salvage logging opportunities. While many people, including Pyramid Mountain Lumber, Inc., want to see the process expedited, others see salvage logging as a burden to taxpayers and one that harms critical habitat.

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