U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Lewistown Field Office
|Release Date: 02/04/10|
BLM Pleased With Logging Road Progress
Construction work is nearly 30 percent completed on the salvage logging road being built in Limekiln Canyon, in the Judith Mountains north east of Lewistown.
While the road construction work is now temporarily shut down due to weather, the BLM does not anticipate problems having the road completed early this spring.
When completed, this road will be about 4.5 miles long road will allow logging trucks to access about 816 acres of timber that was badly damaged during a severe wind event in the spring of 2008. The timber is located on public, state and private land.
As quickly as the road construction work is completed, the BLM will solicit bids for logging the timber.
When the salvage logging work is completed some of the logging road will be reclaimed and some of it will be added to the hiking trail system already in place in Limekiln Canyon.
In the interim, as the road construction and salvage logging is taking place (roughly three years) the area will be managed as an avoidance area and the public is advised not to drive past the established parking lot at the Duvall Inn. “From the public health and safety and contract administration perspectives it makes good sense for the public to avoid the area until there is less heavy equipment activity,” according to Willy Frank, the BLM Lewistown Field Manager.
A map showing the open areas on the trial system and the construction areas to avoid is available at the Lewistown BLM office.
However, the road construction work is not inhibiting anyone’s ability to travel to the Duvall Inn, which is open for business with its full array of services. And, most of the developed Limekiln hiking trail system will remain open for hikers. “The work is taking place in the canyon is above the Duvall Inn, and the inn and the available hiking trail system are still great destinations for area residents and visitors,” Frank added.
The BLM’s Lewistown Field Office will keep the public informed as the salvage logging work progresses in Limekiln Canyon.
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.
Lewistown Field Office 920 NE Main Street Lewistown, MT 59457
|Last updated: 06-28-2012|
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