“The overall project helps to further protect highly valuable areas, acknowledging the social, environmental and economic resource benefits of this area to the community,” said Lisa Stoeffler, Bozeman District Ranger. “People should expect logging traffic and noise associated with the project implementation starting the second week in August and continuing until November when Bridger Bowl operations begin. To help mitigate the impact to recreationists and residents, log hauling will only occur on weekdays and dust abatement will be applied to the Bridger Bowl Road. No trail closures are associated with the logging, but recreationists do need to be aware of activity and respect the logging area.
The South Bridger Interface project was chosen based on the high rate of tree mortality from spruce budworm and bark beetle and its proximity to private land and Bridger Bowl Ski Area. Without treatment, there is a high likelhood that ongoing insect infestations would continue, severely impacting many more trees with budworm and Douglas-fir beetles, preventing a successful next generation of Douglas-fir understory. For more information about the project contact Lisa Stoeffler, Bozeman Ranger District at 406-522-2520.