Seeley Swan Pathfinder -


By Andi Bourne

Rice Ridge Salvage Proposed, Comments Sought

From 160,000 to 4,800 acres


January 18, 2018

Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

Retardant misapplication occurs when it is dropped within 300 feet of a stream channel or waterway. There were six misapplications in the Trail Creek watershed (outlined in yellow), one in the Seeley Creek watershed and one in Florence Lake. The Seeley Creek and Trail Creek watersheds were eliminated from possible salvage to avoid compounding the effects.

SEELEY LAKE – A handful of interested community members gathered Jan. 10 to learn more about the less than 5,000 acres proposed for timber salvage on the 160,000-acre Rice Ridge Fire that burned last summer. Seeley Lake District Ranger Rachel Feigley and nearly 20 U.S. Forest Service employees on the Interdisciplinary (ID) Team explained how they determined what areas could be cut and what areas they plan to plant. Comments will be accepted until Jan. 22 at 5 p.m.

Remote Sensing Coordinator Steve Brown explained how they determined the number of acres that could be opened for salvage on t...

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