Date: December 20, 2007
Contact: Marilyn Krause (406) 533-7617
BLM Proposes Treatment of Pine Beetle at Great Divide Ski Area
The Bureau of Land Management is proposing to treat areas of mountain pine beetle in the vicinity of the Great Divide Ski Area near Marysville in Lewis and Clark County. The project would be completed in coordination with the ski area operator on adjacent private lands on the north side of Mt. Belmont.
“The treatment is needed to protect public safety in an area of high wintertime use,” stated BLM Field Manager Rick Hotaling. “The dead and dying trees pose a potential threat to skiers, employees, and support facilities.”
Treatment would consist of removing dead, dying and susceptible lodgepole pine on approximately 80 acres, and thinning another 76 acres. BLM also plans to use repellant pheromone packs initially in the cut areas and on an additional 55 acres near the ski area. To be effective, the pheromone packs need to be installed yearly or until the threat of pine beetle infestation is reduced.
The proposed treatments are currently being analyzed by BLM. If you have questions or would like to see more specific information and a map, please contact BLM forester, Mike Small at the Butte Field Office, 533-8600 by January 18, 2008.