Date: September 24, 2008
Contact: Bruce Reid (406) 538-1900
Public Asked to Comment on Lime/Ruby Salvage Project
The Bureau of Land Management’s Lewistown Field Office (BLM) and the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) will be accepting public comments to help formulate a draft proposed action for the Lime/Ruby Salvage project.
A significant wind event this past June downed approximately 1.5 million board feet of timber in the Judith Mountains and blocked a large portion of the popular Limekiln Hiking Trail. The downed timber involves public, private and state school trust property. The Lime/Ruby Salvage project will help determine how the BLM should address the issue.
The BLM and DNRC discussed a proposed timber salvage project to treat the damage during a public meeting on September 17. The salvage project would remove the downed timber while it has a commercial value and prevent it from contributing to a catastrophic fire event. Those attending the September 17 meeting largely encouraged the BLM and DNRC to pursue this approach.
Public comments about how to pursue this blowdown damage will be accepted through October 17, 2008, and the information will be used to refine a draft proposed action and other alternatives which will be analyzed in an environmental assessment (EA).
A draft EA is expected to be completed in the next few months and will be available for public comment prior to completion of the final document and the subsequent decision.
If you have any questions regarding this proposal, please contact Bruce Reid at the Lewistown Field Office at (406) 538-1900, or Ron Buck at the DNRC Northeastern Land Office at (406) 538-7789.