Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

By Andi Bourne

Increased visitation presents challenges for land managers


August 13, 2020

Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

With campgrounds flipping their signs to "FULL" by mid-week, those looking to recreate in the area are forced to move out into the National Forest. It is common to see campers pulled into pull-offs on Forest Roads and into other flat areas. U.S. Forest Service staff ask the public to pack it in, pack it out, practice proper sanitation in the woods and always put a campfire out by drowning with water and stirring until it is cold to the touch.

Despite the pandemic, the Seeley Lake and Swan Lake Ranger Districts are seeing very high visitor use on roads, trails, dispersed camping sites and in the developed campgrounds. Both Districts are actively working to increase their presence to manage public safety, protect resources, work to benefit visitor experiences and accommodate the increased use they have been seeing this year.

"I think it is really cool that the public is rediscovering their public lands. That is a very positive thing in my mind," said Seeley Lake District Ranger Quinn Carver. "That comes with some down sides."


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