U.S. Forest Service Set to Approve Swan Valley Project

FLATHEAD COUNTY, Mont. (NMB) – The Daily Inter Lake reports that the U.S. Forest Service is set to approve a portion of a massive forestry project in the Swan Valley.

The Mid-Swan Landscape Restoration and Wildland Urban Interface Project’s goal is to improve wildlife habitat and reduce fuels that could lead to wildfires in communities.

The entire project spans nearly 175,000 acres of the Flathead National Forest and is expected to take 15 years.

The Daily Inter Lake says actions taken during the project would include “tree cutting, replanting and reseeding of endangered whitebark pine, prescribed burns and other treatments aimed at returning the forest to a more natural state after decades of logging have fragmented the landscape into a giant checkerboard.”

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