MISSOULA — The Lolo National Forest is set to improve unhealthy forest conditions with the Cruzane Mountain Project.
The project area is located three miles west of Haugen and northeast of Saltese in Mineral County, between I-90 and National Forest Road 288.
Beginning as soon as the upcoming summer season, dead and diseased trees will be cleared in the area.
Forest Service documents say practices such as prescribed burning and commercial thinning will be used.
Fire-resilient species such as Ponderosa Pine will be cultivated.
The project aims to support the forest’s long-term resilience and protect local communities from severe wildfires.
Wood products harvested will be sold to contribute to local rural economies.
The Cruzane Mountain project was formally approved by District Ranger Carole Johnson on January 20th.
More information can be found here.