The Cameron-Blue prescribed fire project is designed to maintain fire return intervals within wildlife winter range. The proposed project area serves as wildlife habitat to numerous animals including deer and elk herds. The low to moderate intensity prescribed fires have several objectives including:
* Maintain forest health and ecosystem restoration
* Reduce fuel loads in the project area and reduce potential of large, high intensity wildfires.
* Improve wildlife habitat – many plants and grasses respond favorably to fire providing new food sprouts for wildlife.
* Reduce the understory density of less fire tolerant tree species competing with ponderosa pines.
In 2010, the Bitterroot National Forest requested public comments on a similar project. Based on the comments received and additional fieldwork, the Forest has reduced the overall project size from 12,000 acres to the current proposal of 7,410 acres. Most of the area that burned in the 1961 Sleeping Child Fire is no longer included in the project.
For more information or to see a project map visit www.fs.usda.gov/bitterroot. Click on Land and Resources Management and select from ‘projects’ list.
Public comments are now being accepted through May 17, 2013. Submit written, facsimile, hand delivered, and electronic comments to Chuck Oliver, District Ranger, 7338 Hwy 93 South, Sula MT. 59871. Business hours for submitting hand-delivered comments are 8am-4:30pm, Monday through Friday. Electronic comments must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject line must contain the project name. For more information, please contact Sara Grove, at 406-821-1251 or email@example.com.