The intent of the project is to thin densely stocked stands of Douglas-fir to increase the health and vigor of the remaining trees and make them less susceptible to future bark beetle attacks.
Earlier this week, the project’s contractor and purchaser began moving equipment into the area and are scheduled to complete one 30 acre harvest unit in the next six weeks. Project activities include timber harvest, slash and accumulated fuel piling, and hauling. There is not yet a schedule to to harvest the remaining 150 acres at this time.
Operations will cease during weekends to minimize conflicts with hunters and recreationists, particularly logging truck and recreation traffic on the same road. Recreationists should call the Yellowstone Ranger District’s Big Timber office at 406-932-5155 prior to heading out to get latest updates on campground impacts, access and parking.
For more information about the Big Timber Canyon Project please contact the Big Timber office of the Yellowstone Ranger District. For more information on the Gallatin National Forest, visit us on the web at www.fs.fed.us/r1/gallatin.