Governor Gianforte: Active Forest Management Reduces Wildfire Risk, Fuels Timber Production

By Governor’s Office
Government of Montana
May 30, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Gov. Gianforte and Pete Seigmund

KALISPELL, Mont. – Governor Greg Gianforte this week continued his fourth annual 56 County Tour as governor, visiting Flathead and Powell counties to highlight the importance of active forest management to reduce wildfire risk and fuel the state’s timber industry. “When a forest is managed properly, we have less severe wildfires, more recreational opportunities, more wildlife habitat, and more jobs,” Gov. Gianforte said. “And as we better manage our lands, we increase timber yields to fuel our wood products industry – it’s a win-win for Montana.” …During the visit, the governor heard from foresters on the benefits of management for healthier forests and to produce commercial-value timber. Spotlighting the wood products industry and visiting Sun Mountain Lumber in Deer Lodge yesterday, the governor toured the mill and talked with owners on the legacy of the family business and the importance of forest management to produce timber.

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