Analysis of logging project along scenic highway near Yellowstone National Park released

By Brett French
Billings Gazette
November 22, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Shoshone National Forest plans to suspend its own rules along the Chief Joseph Highway Scenic Byway to execute a logging plan meant to remove dead and dying trees infected by the western spruce budworm. The logging is proposed 30 miles northwest of Cody, Wyoming, along a popular mountain route that accesses the North Entrance of Yellowstone National Park. In a draft environmental assessment released last week, forest officials propose suspending their own scenic objectives along about nine miles of the route, or about 2,000 acres along the road’s corridor. …Wildland fires are an annual threat to the mountain community, the largest of which was the 1988 Clover Mist fire. The addition of the bug-killed trees have increased the potential for “higher intensity” fires, forest officials claim in the environmental assessment.

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