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Hazardous Trees Turned to Heat

by Shannon Gilbert, Dillon FO

man in tree by historic buildings

Arborist Jim Hicks works to remove a hazardous tree that was leaning toward a historical building in Alder Gulch. 

BLM employees unload firewood

The BLM donated the wood to the local Wood Bank Ministry.

Hazardous trees that had threatened the integrity of historical buildings in the Alder Gulch area will warm the homes of disadvantaged families this winter.

Several trees around the historical Christenot and Garrison mills in southwestern Montana were leaning precariously toward the buildings.  In late August, arborist Jim Hicks performed the complex task of felling trees without damaging the 1860s-era structures. 

Once down, the trees were cut to appropriate lengths for firewood and loaded into a dump truck. The wood was donated to the Wood Bank Ministry, a charitable group in Dillon, which will split and deliver it to disadvantaged families for heating their homes. 

Dillon Field Office employees Jason Strahl, Shannon Gilbert, Kipper Blotkamp, Harry Poppe, Johanna Nosal, and Ben Christiansen participated in the project.