U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Lewistown Field Office
|Release Date: 08/04/11|
BLM Starts Lime/Ruby Salvage Logging
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has begun salvage logging operations on the public land portion of the Lime/Ruby Timber Sale in the Judith Mountains north east of Lewistown.
The project (commonly called the Lime/Ruby Salvage) includes treating approximately 175 acres of forested land that was damaged by a windstorm in the spring of 2008. Some of the damaged/downed timber covered portions of the Limekiln Hiking Trail.
The salvage logging will provide some much needed economic activity and will reopen the blocked portion of the hiking trail.
As a means of ensuring public safety during the salvage logging, an area closure will remain in effect on those lands impacted by the 2008 windstorm and the logging operations. The area closure applies to both motorized and non-motorized recreation.
“The area closure (including the new logging road) became our best option for reducing potential conflicts between recreationists and the combination of logging trucks, other heavy equipment, steep slopes and rocky terrain,” said Bruce Reid, a forester with the BLM.
Other portions of the Limekiln Hiking Trail were not impacted and the public is welcome to drive to the parking area located near the Duvall Inn and hike to the Lewistown Overlook and/or that portion of the trail that leads toward Burnette Peak. However, hiking the trail as a “loop” at this time is not possible due to the downed timber and the area closure.
Maps of the closure area are available at the trail head, near the Duvall Inn, or at the front desk in the BLM’s Lewistown Field Office (at 920 NE Main, Lewistown).
Salvage logging operations are expected to continue through this winter and the closure will remain in effect until at least that time.
The BLM would like to thank recreationists for their patience. In the meantime if you have questions or comments, please contact Bruce Reid with the BLM at 406-538-1960.
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.
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|Last updated: 06-28-2012|
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