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Butte Field Office
Release Date: 10/21/09
Contacts: David Abrams 406-533-7617    

Funding Approved For Stabilization Of Log Gulch Campground

Nearly $100,000 has been approved for emergency stabilization of the Bureau of Land Management’s fire-damaged Log Gulch Campground at Holter Lake.

The memo, signed by BLM State Director Gene Terland, authorizes work to begin immediately at the campground. The funding is based on a report by an Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation team from the BLM’s Butte Field Office which assessed the recreation site earlier this month.

“We intend to start the stabilization work as soon as possible and have the majority of the project completed this fall so that we’re ready for next year’s camping season,” said Rick Hotaling, Butte Field Office Manager.

In early September, the Indian Trail fire burned across 271 acres of BLM-administered lands in the vicinity of Holter Lake.  Though no Log Gulch Campground structures were damaged, campsites and other portions of the campground area were burned by the fire and BLM officials closed the campground Sept. 10 in order to protect the public.

The ESR report states that “the three drainages that flow through the campground and the steep slope above the parking area all burned at high severity, leaving little to no live ground vegetation or live trees.” This resulted in the risk of soil, ash or debris movement, making for unstable conditions for those using or working at the campground.

According to the funding memo, the stabilization treatments, in order of priority, are:

  • the removal of hazard trees
  • protecting the public and BLM resources from debris flows from the upper watershed (this includes working with local landowners to improve the effectiveness of private treatments)
  • protecting the public and public water supplies from mass movements and floods from the small drainages in the campground
  • reducing sediment delivery and excessive runoff from BLM lands draining towards the county road.

About 175 acres of the most severely-burned areas around Log Gulch will be treated with aerial seeding to improve the integrity of the ecosystem.

The plan calls for BLM to immediately remove hazardous trees within 100 feet of the campground perimeter. The ESR report recommends contour felling to create log erosion barriers which will trap sediment eroding from hillsides.
Log Gulch is currently available for day-use only and as a site for users to launch boats onto Holter Lake.
For more information about the work at Log Gulch Campground, call the Butte Field Office at (406) 533-7600.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.

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