To provide for visitor safety, an area closure is in place around the east end of Lake Como including the horse camp and group site areas. The closure will not impact or limit access to the cross-country ski trails located on the southern end of the lake.
The Como Campground project will send nearly 700,000 board feet of timber to Montana sawmills. The 210 acre project will salvage beetle killed trees in and around the recreation area. Work includes removing dead and infested trees from campgrounds and areas on the south and north sides of the lake. Removing the trees is necessary because they present a hazard to the public, and if not removed, could result in long-term closures of campgrounds or other popular areas. The removal of the dead trees will accentuate the green, live trees and also help strengthen remaining trees against future beetle attacks.
The Bitterroot National Forest is experiencing increasing tree mortality from the mountain pine beetle, an aggressive bark beetle that is present at epidemic levels over much of the Northern Region. This project is just one of many addressing the problem.
Other recent projects include protecting high-value trees in campgrounds and recreation areas with Carbaryl, an insecticide and using Verbenone, a pheromone which communicates via smell to reduce beetle attacks. In 2012, the Forest removed hazard trees from 12 campgrounds on the Sula and West Fork Ranger Districts along with thinning infested trees on approximately 300 acres at the Lost Trail ski area. For more information contact the Darby Ranger District at (406) 821-3913.