Logging next to Red Lodge Mountain ski area would reduce likelihood of wildland fire

Billings Gazette

The Custer Gallatin National Forest is proposing to log 2,100 acres next door to the Red Lodge Mountain ski area and Timbercrest recreation area along the West Fork Rock Creek to reduce wildfire risk.

“While the Forest Service has implemented approximately 600 acres of fuel treatments in this area over the last 20 years, we need to increase the scale of vegetation treatments to meaningfully reduce the risk of high-intensity wildfire,” the Forest Service wrote in its project description.

The work two miles west of Red Lodge would be spread across a 6,200-acre project area and include small tree removal, creation of fuel breaks and prescribed fire. To access the project, five miles of temporary road would be built. The routes would be decommissioned no later than three years after the project is finished.

Logging would include helicopter and “skyline,” or cabling logs down the steep mountain face, as well as ground work.

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The goal of the project is to reduce the risk of high-intensity wildfire next to the ski area, the community of Red Lodge and homes built along the West Fork Rock Creek.

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