U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Butte Field Office
|Release Date: 10/21/09|
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:
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. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
Butte Field Office 106 N. Parkmont Butte, MT 59702
|Last updated: 06-28-2012|
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