We are ALWAYS looking for ways to work collaboratively on local land issues with our government partners. If you have something you’d like to work towards or be involved with, please let us know. Here is what we’re currently working in in 2020:
–Wilks-Cherry timber sale: We will begin working on the Wilks-Cherry project in Thompson Falls with the USFS. This project is located south of Thompson Falls between the Clark Fork River and the Mount Bushnell IRA. The sale area is projected to be around 60,000 acres and we’re not sure of board feet at this point of time. Besides timber output, this project will include stream restoration work, recreation work (trails, potential campground improvements) among other opportunities.
How can you help?: We’re looking for partners to identify areas for timber harvest, recreation improvements and other improvements in the timber sale boundary. The scoping will be done in the fall and we’ll be taking a field trip (or 2) this spring and fall.
For more information about the project: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59163
–Falls Flat Connector Trail/Ferry Landing Recreation Area Project (Highway 138): The USFS has recently received a grant to relocate the Cascade Falls trail head and trail along Highway 138. This grant will also facilitate funds to restore the Ferry Landing Recreation area.
For a map of the project area, please click here:
–Thompson Falls, MT EPA Recreation Planning Grant: Thompson Falls, MT has recently received a rural recreation grant from the EPA. This grant will help category recreational opportunities in and around Thompson Falls. A long-term plan will hopefully be in place for marketing and other resources.
How you can help?: There will be workshops in the fall of 2020 for residents to give input on the various recreation opportunities in the area and how we can improve access to these places.
–Deemer-Henry Timber Project: This project is in Plains, MT and is in the vicinity of Henry Peak and Deemer Creek. We are going to be working on this project through the spring and summer in hopes to secure a potential landscape grant. We are working on making this project a Good Neighbor Authority with the DNRC, USFS, and CKST. We have applied for a Montana Forest Action Plan grant to help with restoration and weed treatments. We will be taking a field trip in the summer of 2021.
For more information, please go to: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59556
Plains/Thompson Falls RD blow down project: In January of 2021, there was a massive windstorm that blew a large amount of trees in the Plains/Thompson Falls vicinity. The group wrote to the USFS requesting that roads be cleared of timber for the mills and the public. We are working with the USFS on some possible locations and opportunities. Graves Creek road was a major area of concern for the group.
For more information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59640