Public Invited to Meeting on Fuels Reduction Project

Proposed project located within municipal watershed adjacent to Whitefish Mountain Resort

By Beacon Staff
The mountains north of Whitefish. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead Beacon

U.S. Forest Service officials at the Tally Lake Ranger District have asked members of the public to take part in a collaborative meeting about the Whitefish Municipal Watershed Fuels Reduction Project adjacent to Whitefish Mountain Resort on Big Mountain.

The meeting is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 8, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Tally Lake Ranger District and Supervisor’s Office, located at 650 Wolfpack Way in Kalispell.

Project resource specialists will present details on the draft project and gather input from meeting attendees on proposed project activities.

The project is located in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) approximately four miles north and east of Whitefish, within the municipal watershed and adjacent to Whitefish Mountain Resort. Proposed activities include a timber harvest on approximately 260 acres of forestlands and fuel treatments, primarily prescribed burning, on approximately 880 acres.

Lands within the proposed project area were designated by Gov. Steve Bullock in 2014 as a priority landscape under Section 602 of the Farm Bill. Section 602 also provides authority to implement projects using the Healthy Forest Restoration Act (HFRA).

For further information about the project and open house, visit www.fs.usda.gov/projects/flathead/ or contact Planning Team leader, Deb Bond at 406/758-5204.