Grant helps fund logging on Red Lodge Mountain, other areas across eastern Montana

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Red Lodge Mountain manager Jeff Schmidt walks past rows of slash piles stacked after trees were removed between ski runs during fuels reduction work in 2013. 

JAMES WOODCOCK, Billings Gazette file photo Brett French

A cross-boundary forestry project on Red Lodge Mountain has been awarded a state grant. It’s one of 14 projects given a portion of $4.5 million under the Montana Forest Action Plan.

The work at the Carbon County ski area will begin this summer and overlap to adjacent Gallatin Custer National Forest land as well as the nearby Palisades Ranch — all told about 1,000 acres, according to Jeff Schmidt, Red Lodge Mountain manager.

“The bulk of it will be on our property, the upper Palisades and from mid-mountain down,” he said.

In addition to the state funding of almost $485,000, Schmidt said the ski area will sell any marketable timber removed to help pay for the work. Slash that’s left over will be utilized for the ski area’s biomass wood heater for the main lodge. The heater project

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