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By Henry Netherland

Collaboration helps clear Highway 83


October 8, 2020

Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder

Trees are left on the ground along Highway 83 from the recent joint effort between the Lolo National Forest and the Montana Department of Transportation to clear snags along the road. Those with firewood permits are allowed to collect firewood on the ground on the east side of the highway.

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Ranger District is collaborating with Montana Department of Transportation Missoula District to remove any standing dead trees, or snags, and dead branches from both sides of Highway 83 north of Seeley Lake before winter. Ideally, all snags that could potentially reach the highway will be cleared all the way to the Summit prioritizing the worst areas first.

Chad Pearson, maintenance superintendent for the Missoula District, said the project is intended to avoid possible natural accidents in the future.

"There's a potential for an old snag or a widow-type tree o...

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