Custer Gallatin National Forest

Caleb Schreiber, assistant fire management officer for the Bozeman Hebgen Lake Ranger District shows the difference and distance between the small controlled burn to the south and the over 600 acre wildlife to the north that started in the canyon on Thursday. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

Investigation underway

Six hundred fifty acres of United States Forest Service and Fish, Wildlife and Parks land were ablaze this past week near Big Sky. The tally of scorched acres climbed significantly after an aircraft was able to gps the fire. No private land or structures were damaged.

Literally not in my backyard—the NIMBYism is built in for those living in South Bozeman (pictured). Beyond their discomfort with the proximity of proposed clearcutting, those opposed make the broader point that, “Commercial logging should never have been proposed for this pristine area. Being this close to Bozeman, which is quickly losing open space, it is uniquely valuable for its wildlife habitat and security."

Lessons from Limestone Creek

The Limestone Creek area along the Gallatin Front is the last big swath of scenic roadless area prominently visible from Bozeman and its fate might be instructive to Big Sky residents interested in future planning for the entire Custer Gallatin National Forest. 

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