By Andi Bourne

Big Sky Lake reduces risk with collaborative fuels treatment


February 10, 2022

Jeff Harrits

Trees were flagged on Big Sky Lake homeowner properties and after more than 18 months of planning, the logging began in December 2021. Once the Big Sky Lake Fuels Reduction Project is complete, more than 80% of the 75 properties surrounding the lake will have been treated to reduce hazard fuels and improve forest health.

BIG SKY LAKE – For anyone that has spent time southeast of Seeley Lake around Big Sky Lake, the view is changing. More than half of the properties are being treated through the Big Sky Lake Fuels Reduction Project. Landowners are logging and thinning to not only reduce the risk of wildfire but also improve the health of the forest.

The Big Sky Lake Homeowners Association (HOA) conceived the project in May 2020. After months of outreach to the landowners around Big Sky Lake and collaboration with the Clearwater Resource Council (CRC), logging began in December 2021 on more than 40 propert...

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