By Jean Pocha
of the Pathfinder 

Forestry tour displays Ovando habitat restoration project


September 7, 2023

Jean Pocha, Pathfinder

Mike Ebinger, a Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wildlife biologist, explaining the importance of browsing plants. The dense forest being discussed for treatment is in the background. (L-R) Randy Arnold FWP Region 2 Supervisor, Jeff Darrah Stevensville, Allen Bard, Ovando.

Meeting under the Boot Tree outside of Ovando, tour participants looked through a forest managed for health and wildlife habitat on the Blackfoot Community Conservation Area.

Abundant grass grew amongst trees with up to six foot diameter trunks and visibility up to 100 yards. Soon the tour caravaned to the perimeter of the Type One treatment unit. Visibility through the forest was limited at the edge of the road as the sunlight was strangled by a dense screen of ladder fuels.

As part of the proposed Doney Lake Forest Habitat Improvement Project, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks staff con...

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