BOZEMAN – The Custer Gallatin National Forest announced plans for the North Bridger Forest Health Project Wednesday.
The project will start later this year just outside of the Bridger Bowl ski area and will include a 2,300-acre project focusing on forest health. Officials will work to prevent insects and diseases that harm the forest and reducing potential wildfire fuels. Activities will include tree trimming, clearing, and commercial and non-commercial logging activities that Bozeman District Ranger Corey Lewellen says will be beneficial to the area.
“Which will benefit a more resilient landscape, a more resilient stand of timber in the long term, as well as reducing some of those hazardous fuels that are building up as a result of some of the dead and downed trees,” Lewellen said. “We’ll have a landscape that have some lower concentrations of fuel loading which hopefully will minimize the intensity or severity of a large-scale fire.”
The project could last the next four to five years and may cause some minor delays to drivers in the area.
Reporting by Carson Vickroy for MTN News