Save Our Gallatin Front!

between Mt. Ellis and Triple Tree Trail

LIST OF CONCERNS

  • Targeted logging area contains the only stand of ROADLESS old-growth forest on Bozeman's Gallatin Front
  • This area is part of the fragile Yellowstone Ecosystem corridor used by Bozeman's local herd of 150 elk, moose & other ungulates, large and small predators including wolverine, hundreds of bird species, some listed
  • Clear cutting will cause permanent disruption/destruction of the pristine Limestone/Nichols Creek drainage, which feeds one of our main water sources--Bozeman Creek--and is also a nursery for trout
  • Logging-road building and clear-cutting highly visible forest will have a negative economic impact on the thriving tourism/recreation industry in Bozeman
  • Such blatantly visible logging sends a message to visitors that we do not value preservation of unspoiled land for wildlife habitat, thus negatively affects the value of Bozeman as a recreational destination
  • Permanent destruction of forest terrain with little potential for reforestation due to the northern exposure and extremely steep grade
  • Destruction of roadless old-growth forest terrain adjacent to DNRC-designated Habitat Conservation Plan set-aside land for the endangered Canada Lynx population
  • Triple Tree Trail is one of the highest-use recreational areas in Bozeman and is cherished by the community
  • Fragile geological strata that is already prone to slumping (large blocks of soil that slide down the steeply sloped terrain), which has slumped many times already
  • Negative, permanent impact of constructing 10 miles of new logging roads on West Limestone Drainage
  • Old-growth forest diversity is a natural deterrent to complete destruction if a forest fire occurs
  • Destruction of highly-valued bow and rifle hunting forest terrain
  • Logging will NOT improve the health of the forest: Logging impoverishes forest ecosystem health.
  • Logging the beetle-killed trees will NOT reduce fire hazard or produce ANY PROFIT.
  • Overall, DNRC does not make money logging state trust land: Their Trust Mandate forces them to ignore the full costs of any logging operation (including salaries of their state-wide staff of 100).
  • Logging roads cause major weed spread, fragment wildlife habitat security cover, and create destructive stream sedimentation.
  • Logging roads = major places where human-ignited fires start: The more roads you have, the more likely you will have a fire.
  • Property taxes fund Bozeman's schools, thus clear cutting with yield a tangible loss due to reduction in property values of all adjacent and view-shed properties (essentially all Bozeman properties with a view of Mt. Ellis)
  • THIS PROPOSED LOGGING PROJECT'S PROCEEDS ARE EAR-MARKED FOR BUTTE TECH, NOT BOZEMAN SCHOOLS!
  • DRNC's Trust Mandate forces them to exaggerate the benefits, and ignores the real ecological costs to justify its timber programs.
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How to take IMMEDIATE ACTION NOW:


CONTACT  your local county/city commissioners, legislators, governor's office, Interior Secretary Zinke
      

POST  your concerns/comments on the DNRC website! http://dnrc.mt.gov/divisions/trust/forest-management/limestone-west/submit-comments


         JOIN  our citizens group,Save Our Gallatin Front!. Just send us your name and email on the JOIN US! tab above.


            WRITE  a letter to the editor of the Bozeman Chronicle stating your concern about the logging ofOur Gallatin Front.


SAY: KEEP OUR GALLATIN FRONT ROADLESS!NO LOGGING!

STOP the clear cutting of Our Gallatin Front! 

NOTICE

The DNRC 1980 Environmental Study of the same Gallatin Front forest now targeted for clear cutting concluded that

logging was not feasible.

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INFORMATION (click on yellow links)

http://dnrc.mt.gov/divisions/trust/forest-management/limestone-west/whats-happening-now/LimestoneWestScopingNotice2_060916.pdf


The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Trust Land Management Division (TLMD), is targeting Bozeman's Galllatin Front (the old-growth Limestone/Nichols Creek drainage) for logging-road building for a clear-cut timber harvest slated for 2018.

http://dnrc.mt.gov/divisions/trust/forest-management/limestone-west

The target area encompasses 600-700 acres, which includes the only remaining stand of ROADLESS old-growth forest on the northern front of the Gallatins at the south edge of Bozeman between Mt. Ellis and Triple Tree Trail. link to map:

http://dnrc.mt.gov/divisions/trust/forest-management/limestone-west/limestone-west-map


Public comment remains opendue to the high level of concern this issue has raised. DNRC/TLMD is required by law to thoroughly review all public comments and address each and every concern mentioned. We encourage you to take a moment to express your opinion. Feel free to include any and ALL concerns you have, including those listed in the next column.

http://dnrc.mt.gov/divisions/trust/forest-management/limestone-west/submit-comments

http://www.kbzk.com/story/36252617/proposed-logging-project-near-bozeman-generates-controversy

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