This final field trip is another venue to ask questions and provide input on alternatives to the proposed action before they are finalized. We will explain project details, including how the alternatives were developed based on previous comments, and gather additional input from the Red Lodge and Luther communities surrounding the project. “I look forward to this second community field trip to hear comments, talk about community concerns and incorporate any changes to the alternatives based on public comment,” said Traute Parrie, Beartooth District Ranger. Forest Supervisor Mary Erickson will also attend the public field tour listening to community input. “Over the course of the summer, specialists will begin the environmental analysis, and we anticipate having an Environmental Assessment ready for review this fall,” Parrie added.
Those attending the field tour will be able to see first-hand many of the units where various treatments are proposed and are encouraged to bring solid hiking shoes, sunscreen, bug spray and a lunch. The field trip will start at 9:00 a.m. at Red Lodge Creek Trailhead and continue until about 12:00 p.m. To reach Red Lodge Creek Trailhead, travel approximately 13 miles northwest on Hwy 78 turning left on Lower Luther Road. Drive 2.5 miles to a T junction. Turn right on Luther/Roscoe Road and drive 1/2 mile to Red Lodge Creek Road. Turn left on Red Lodge Creek Road and drive approximately 2.5 miles to Custer National Forest Boundary. Turn right on Forest Road 2141 and drive approximately 1.5 miles to Red Lodge Creek Trailhead; parking area is on the right.
For further information contact Amy Waring, ID Team Leader at 406-255-1451. For general information on the Custer National Forest visit www.fs.usda.gov/custer.