DNRC Scoping – Swift Creek/Smith Lake Salvage and Timber Sale

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is seeking public comment on a proposed salvage and timber harvest at Swift Creek and Smith Lake. On March 14, 2020, a significant wind event occurred and blew down 300 acres of mature timber. The primary objectives of the 3,350-acre proposed project are:
  • Salvage and capture the value of the down and damaged timber for the MT School Trusts
  • Reopen roads, trails and recreation areas such as the Whitefish Trail and the Smith Lake Disc Golf Course
  • Reduce the amount of debris to decrease potential wildfire hazards as this area is within Flathead County’s Wildland Urban Interface
  • Reduce the spread of the Douglas-fir bark beetle whose favored habitat is large-diameter, windthrown Douglas-fir
  • Rehabilitate the area to the extent practical by planting trees, tipping back root wads in highly visible areas, chipping limbs, etc.
Submit comments by April 13, 2020:
Department of Natural Resources and Conservation
Attn: Mike McMahon, DNRC Stillwater Unit
P.O. Box 164 Olney, MT 59927
mmcmahon@mt.gov (406) 881-2670