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By Andi Bourne

Alternatives for Rice Ridge Fire Salvage Project Explained


Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

The purpose of the proposed salvage on the Rice Ridge Fire is three-fold: to recover the economic value of the forest product, reduce hazards to public safety around roads and trails and re-establish forest conditions and facilitate recovery.

SEELEY LAKE – The Rice Ridge Fire Salvage Project team presented the Rice Ridge Fire Salvage Environmental Assessment and alternatives at a public meeting June 27. Public comments will be accepted through July 11. Seeley Lake District Ranger Rachel Feigley said they are on schedule and look forward to implementation by the end of August.

During the 2017 fire season, 720,700 acres burned on Federal land in Montana and 227,442 acres were on the Lolo National Forest. The post-fire work was managed at a regional level with fire salvage determined to be the number one priority.

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