Plum Creek, Stoltze Restrict Land Use Amid Extreme Fire Danger

Recreational restrictions put in place across Northwest Montana forest lands

By Beacon Staff

Amid extreme fire danger, Plum Creek and F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber Company are restricting public access and land-use activities on all of their forest lands in the area.

Plum Creek announced earlier this week that it the restrictions were in effect on lands in Flathead, Lake, Lincoln, Missoula, Sanders and Ravalli counties due to continued hot, dry weather and fire danger.

Stoltze is imposing restrictions on all of its lands in Flathead, Lake and Lincoln counties.

The restrictions prohibit motorized vehicles on and off roads, camping, shooting, firewood cutting, smoking, fireworks, fires of any kind and the use of internal combustion engines.

“Plum Creek appreciates the public’s continued cooperation in helping to protect its timberlands from the risk of wildfires,” said Tom Ray, vice president, Northwest resources and manufacturing. “The current fire risk situation is extreme and suppression resources are stretched to the maximum.”

Paul McKenzie, lands and resource manager at Stoltze, said the company appreciates the community’s cooperation in helping protect the forest lands at risk of wildfires.

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