Date: September 11, 2008
Contact: Dick Fichtler (406) 329-3884
Greg Albright (406) 896-5260
Garnet Ghost Town Closed Sept. 15-19
Garnet Ghost Town will be closed Sept. 15-19 while dead and dying timber is removed from the area.
“There will be logging equipment working at Garnet, and the only way we can ensure public safety is to close the town to visitors for a few days,” said Nancy Anderson, Missoula Field Manager for the Bureau of Land Management.
The project is part of an effort to reduce the threat of wildland fire in the forest surrounding Garnet. Unless the heavy loads of dead and dying timber are removed, a wildfire is virtually inevitable at some point and could leave the historic ghost town in ashes.
An infestation of mountain pine beetles in recent years has added to the steady buildup of dead trees, killing nearly all of the lodgepole pine in the area.
About 300 acres are being treated near Garnet. When completed, the forest will be more open, greatly reducing the area’s susceptibility to catastrophic fire.
For more information on the project, contact the BLM Missoula Field Office, 406-329-3914.