Monthly Archives: March 2015

Marshall Woods Environmental Assessment

Main Rattlesnake NRA road

Main Rattlesnake NRA road at the 1.7-mile mark, March 2013 (the ice isn’t nearly that bad this year!)

The Lolo National Forest has released its Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Marshall Woods Restoration Project, “an integrated project to improve forest stand conditions and reduce hazardous fuels in the lower Rattlesnake Creek drainage and the Marshall Creek-Woods Gulch area”.  They’re hosting a public meeting this coming Wednesday evening, March 18th, 6-8 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel. Public comment will be accepted through April 6th.  The RCWG is evaluating the proposed actions this month and we’ll be submitting comments.

As you can see from the the Lolo NF links and the Google Earth view below, this project is pretty big–the project area encompasses about 20 square miles, and “treatment” (mainly thinning and prescribed burning, along with some trail and road modification and noxious weed control) is proposed for almost 4,000 acres within the Rattlesnake and Marshall Creek watersheds.

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