By Griffen Smith
of the Pathfinder 

Project could thin stands from Seeley to Alva


September 14, 2023

Griffen Smith, Pathfinder

The Colt Fire grows rapidly during its initial start on July 20. The fire was halted before it reached Highway 83 because of a road hidden in the trees across this image.

A new request from Lolo National Forest would open roughly 22,000 acres of federal land to commercial timber harvesting, fuels reduction and road decommissioning, with the main goal of clearing dead and infected trees to prevent wildfires and beetle kill.

Similar projects have been completed on the west side of Highway 83. While parts of the treated forest burned during the Colt Fire, Seeley Lake District Ranger Quinn Carver attested that the active management stunted the fire and kept it from homes.

The North Seeley Wildland Urban Interface Highway 83 project opened for public comment la...

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