“The Millie Roadside Hazard Tree Removal Project will continue through the fall and recreationists in the area will need to be heads up and aware of the regular log truck traffic that occurs on weekdays, with 3-6 loads a day,” said Lisa Stoeffler, Bozeman District Ranger. The upper Storm Castle Road (FS Road #132), at the junction with Line Creek Road (FR #3108) and Orchid Gulch area will be closed to the public. Hazard trees are being felled and yarded onto the Storm Castle Road and public safety is a primary concern. The Timber Butte Trailhead and some associated OHV trails are also closed to the public when timber removal operations are occurring in the area. The project will benefit the long term use of the Strom Castle Road. “If we want to continue to use Storm Castle, we need to get the burned and fire weakened trees out of there.” Stoeffler said.
The crossing over French Creek via the Storm Castle Road (FR #132) is also closed as the culvert is out and a new bridge is being installed. Recreationists should find additional routes including Lime Creek, Mica Mine, Rat Lake, Pioneer Lakes and Telephone Ridge to explore. Those using the Line Creek Road #3108 from Swan Creek will not be able to exit via Storm Castle Road due to the bridge construction at French Creek during the next week. When the bridge is in place the Forest will reopen the French and Line Creek area.
The Millie Roadside Hazard Tree Removal Project covers about 300 total acres of the 2012 Millie Fire that burned approximately 10,600 acres south of Bozeman mostly in the Storm Castle drainage, east of Hwy 191. The project removes burned fire weakened hazard trees along 15 miles of roads within the burned area to help maintain the travelways and provide for safe travel for the public. No hauling of salvage trees occurs on weekends or holidays.
For additional information on the project contact the Bozeman R.D. at 406-522-2520 or like and follow us on Facebook – The Forest Service – Custer Gallatin National Forests or on Twitter: @Gallatin NF