As a result, the BNF will no longer be providing walk-in, visitor services at the Sula Ranger District office beginning this Monday, August 31st. These services will now be provided by the Darby Ranger District office.
Visitor services include front-desk administrative services such as answering questions, providing information, and selling forest products such as firewood permits, Christmas tree permits, forest maps or passes.
“Across the Northern Region, we are taking a strategic approach to making decisions related to present and future cost commitments within three major areas: fleet, facilities and personnel, ” said Bitterroot Forest Supervisor Julie King. “We must continually adapt to increased costs, changes in the environment in which we operate and budgets that don’t keep pace. On the Bitterroot, we are faced with difficult decisions that balance the need to reduce costs and provide services to our communities. Our decision to consolidate visitor services on the Sula and Darby Ranger Districts achieves that balance.”
“We will maintain a Forest Service presence in Sula by establishing a ‘work center’ at the District which will house fire and range crews in the summer and our snow ranger program in the winter,” King said.
Susan Wetzsteon who has been the office manager in Sula for 28 years was recently promoted to another position on the Forest, located in Hamilton. Her last day as office manager was Monday.
Forest maps are available at the Sula Country Store (south half), at all remaining BNF offices and also online through http://www.nationalforeststore.com. Maps can also be downloaded to mobile devices through the Avenza PDF Maps App, which is available as a free download from iTunes and the Android Play Store. Forest Service visitor map downloads cost $4.99 each.
Forest Service offices located in Stevensville, Hamilton, Darby, and West Fork are open Mon. through Fri. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to provide additional information and services. For more information contact the Darby Ranger District at (406) 821-3913. Stay in touch with us through www.facebook.com/DiscoverTheBitterroot and www.twitter.com/BitterrootNF.