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Butte Field Office
Release Date: 10/12/10
Contacts: Contact David Abrams 406-533-7617    

Timber Harvest Project Underway in Wise River Area

Some roads and trails on Bureau of Land Management property south of Dewey off the Quartz Hill Gulch Road may see temporary closures as a public safety measure during a timber harvest project in the Nez Perce Gulch drainage.  

To accommodate hunters, the BLM has agreed to modify the logging schedule and will open the area to the public on the weekends. While roads that access the Nez Perce drainage off the Quartz Hill Gulch Road and harvest units within the drainage are closed until Oct. 22, after that date, harvesting operations will cease on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays to allow hunter access. On the opening weekend of hunting season, no timber harvesting operations will occur Oct. 22-25.

At all other times, when logging operations occur on Monday through Thursday during hunting season, the area will be closed in order to protect the public from flying debris, active harvesting with heavy equipment, and heavy haul traffic on the road.

The BLM is partnering with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation under a stewardship agreement on this project. The treatment of the 150 acres in the Nez Perce Gulch is designed to improve and restore forest health by reducing insect infestations (Douglas-fir beetle and the spruce budworm); improve habitat for big game, including mule deer and elk; promote vegetation diversity; restore or maintain aspen stands; and prevent or reduce noxious weed infestations. 

For more information, call MaryLou Zimmerman at the BLM’s 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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 06-28-2012