Bozeman Daily Chronicle

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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.
  •  Contact us with your concerns and we will list them here: 

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Save Our Gallatin Front!

between Mt. Ellis and Triple Tree Trail

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

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


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!