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Date: May 27, 2008
Contact: Marilyn Krause (406) 533-7617
Great Divide Pine Beetle Treatment Area Sold
The Bureau of Land Management, Butte Field Office sold about 3500 tons of sawlogs and other biomass material in an effort to remove hazardous trees within and adjacent to the Great Divide Ski area northwest of Helena. The treatment area is located near Marysville in Lewis and Clark County.
The technical challenge of tree removal in the 150 acre project area is reflected in the purchase price of about $4,000 for the infested trees by RY Timber of Townsend. The purchaser intends to start the project 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.”