By Missoula Current
U.S. Forest Service specialists will discuss their plans this week to implement a management burn on the Petty Creek Big Game Ecosystem as they look to improve habitat and reduce hazardous fuels on 6,000 acres.
The project has the support of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and other local and national wildlife groups, including the Wild Sheep Foundation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Wild Turkey Federation.
Specialists with FWP will attend the meeting to present information and answer questions. Representatives from the partner groups will also be in attendance.
“The Petty Creek Ecosystem Management Burn is one of my favorite examples of how different resource areas and interest groups can come together to find solutions to a problem, and how community and partner support can really expedite implementation,” said Erin Phelps, Ninemile District Ranger.
The project area covers approximately 6,000 acres and includes implementation of hand thinning and piling of small diameter trees, noxious weed treatments and prescribed burning activities.
Implementation will continue over several years in a phased approach. The public meeting will provide an update on the implementation activities planned for this year, Phelps said.
The presentation is planned for April, 12 at the Alberton School cafeteria in Alberton starting a 6 p.m.