Timber salvage operations from summer’s fires roll at variable speeds

By Perry Backus
The Missoulian
October 29, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

EUREKA — After more than a million acres of forests and prairies burned this past summer in Montana, state and federal land managers are taking a hurried look at the timber that can be salvaged before it loses its value to the state’s timber industry. In some places, land managers are hoping that some of that dead timber can be harvested as early as this winter. In others, the process will take longer. …Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologist Tim Thier hopes that a salvage operation will help jump-start the healing process in an area that’s been important for wintering elk and deer. …Any salvage work on the estimated 710,000 acres of national forest lands that burned in Montana will likely have to wait until next year as the U.S. Forest Service works through its own process.

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