Environmental Study Next for Proposed Log Salvage on Flathead Lake

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – Water degradation is among concerns a state agency heard when taking public comment on the proposed removal of logs submerged in Flathead Lake.

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation accepted comment through Jan. 28 and now plans a study examining environmental effects of the log removal.

Greg Poncin of DNRC in Kalispell says the agency received 15 to 20 comments, and “a handful” of them supported removing the decades-old logs in Flathead Lake. They’re on a state-owned lake bed where they settled after being taken to Somers Bay for milling, and then sank.

North Shore Development LLC wants to retrieve the logs so they can be sold and made into lumber. Water as deep as 50 feet covers the logs.

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