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Date: May 27, 2008
Contact: Marilyn Krause (406) 533-7617
Deep Creek Pine Beetle Treatment Area Sold
The Bureau of Land Management, Butte Field Office sold about 15,000 tons of sawlogs and other biomass material in an effort to slow the spread of mountain pine beetle infestation in the Deep Creek area south of Anaconda. The treatment area is located between the old Deep Creek Ski Area and the Lower Seymour Lake Road, about 19 miles south of Anaconda and 13 miles northwest of Wise River in Deer Lodge County.
Lorengo Logging of Anaconda will pay more than $190,000 for the infested trees in the 300 acre project area. The purchaser intends to start as soon as conditions allow and complete the project in 2009. BLM will install repellant pheromones to keep healthy trees from being infested.
“Mountain pine beetles are currently at epidemic levels in the area,” stated BLM forester Mike Small. “Our intent is to remove dead and dying lodgepole pine to reduce the insect populations in these stands and the amount of hazardous trees.”