Helena Montana Beetle Kill Harvest

Helena Montana Beetle Kill forestCorridors up to 250 feet wide will be cut in areas of the Helena National Forest as officials implement the Forest-wide Roadside Hazard Tree Removal and Fuels Reduction Project.

The project is in response to the mountain pine beetle epidemic, which has killed thousands of trees on at least 60 percent of the 980,000-acre Helena National Forest. The plan calls for removing dead trees along 491 miles of national forest system roadways, which equates to about 9,415 acres.

The dead trees will be felled, with some removed, up to 125 feet from both sides of roads on the Lincoln Ranger District and up to 100 feet on roads in the Helena and Townsend ranger districts. The difference in length is that trees in the Lincoln district are taller than in the Helena and Townsend district, and the plan is to remove the danger posed by those that could fall onto roads, cutting off routes, and possibly onto vehicles.

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