Your comments are needed today to secure wildlife habitat on the east side of Hungry Horse Reservoir!
The Flathead National Forest has invited comments on its Betty Baptiste Project Environmental Assessment, which covers the Logan Dry Park grizzly bear management subunit.
Alternative 4 in the EA would at long last close enough of the old logging roads to provide the level of grizzly bear security required by the Forest Plan since 1995!
It is tied, however, to a timber sale that industry is not likely to even bid on because of poor economic conditions.
Please email the Flathead today and urge it to implement Alt. 4 with the following modifications:
a) Drop the logging/timber sale portions of Alt. 4 and independently fund the road closure work to benefit fish and wildlife. Even if the timber sale is purchased by industry, the EA shows it will build more roads to haul away habitat and further spread noxious weeds - while not raising enough money to pay for the ecosystem restoration work!
b) Fully decommission and revegetate, not just "store," the roads necessary to reduce Total Road Density and meet Forest Plan standards. You can't reduce road density by leaving those roads on the landscape!
Click here to read Swan View Coalition's comment letter.
Click here if you wish to look into more details on the Betty Baptiste Project.
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