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Example of high fire severity within fire perimeter. Priority areas for planting white bark pine. (USFS)

Forest Service seeks comments for tree planting in 2018 Monument Fire area

 ENNIS – In 2018, the lightning-caused Monument Fire in the Gravelly Mountains burned more than 6,600 acres of which 66 percent burned in a moderate to high severity. 

The U.S. Forest Service is now proposing to plant 100,000 whitebark pine seedlings on approximately 500 acres beginning in late May of 2019 and 2020 at elevation ranges of 7,700 to 8,650 feet.

“Planting as soon as possible, following the snow melt will ensure soil conditions are as conducive to seedling survival,” said Madison District Ranger Dale Olson. “Seedlings will be planted adjacent to downed logs, dead trees, or stumps for protection to increase the likelihood of survival.”

The Forest Service is seeking comments related to this proposed project. 

Additional information about this project can be found online at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55692. Comments are welcome at any time, however they will be most helpful if they are submitted by May 17, 2019. 

Comments may be sent electronically to: comments-norther n-beaverhead-deerlodge@ fs.fed.us and type Monument Fire Whitebark Pine Planting in the subject line, or sent to the Madison Ranger District, 5 Forest Service Road, Ennis, MT 59729. For more information regarding this proposal, contact Madison District Ranger Dale Olson in Ennis at (406) 682-4253. 

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