The Custer-Gallatin National Forest is advancing plans to thin and log the forest on nearly 40,000 acres of its Hebgen Lake Ranger District south of West Yellowstone, Montana.

The South Plateau Landscape Treatment project, as it’s called, is intended to thin out beetle-killed forest while also providing timber to local mills. Another goal is to reduce the fuel load in the event of wildfire.

The project covers the very southernmost point of southwest Montana and is bordered on the west side by the Idaho border and on the east side by Yellowstone National Park.

An environmental assessment about the project’s impacts has been prepared. The document is open to public comment. Comments are due Sept. 16.

You can review documents and find instructions on commenting at FS.USDA.gov/project/?project=57353.

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