Bitterroot National Forest


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Bitterroot National Forest

Address:1801 N 1st St
Hamilton, MT 59840

Phone:406-363-7100
Fax:406-363-7159
Web: www.fs.fed.us/r1/bitterroot
Size: 1,600,000 acres.
Location:Southwestern Montana and Idaho. Accessible by US 93; MT 43 and MT 12. Nearby cities/towns include Missoula, Florence, Stevensville, Victor, Corvallis, Hamilton, Darby, and Sula.
Facilities:5 cabins, 18 campgrounds, lookouts, picnic sites, trails (1,600 miles), environmental education center.
Activities:Camping, hunting, fishing, swimming, whitewater rafting, hiking, biking, horseback riding, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling.
Special Features:Two mountain ranges, Bitterroot in the west and Sapphire in the east, separated by Bitterroot River valley; miles of rivers including the Selway, Clearwater, and Bitterroot, with world-class whitewater rapids; wilderness areas including portions of Selway-Bitterroot, Anaconda Pintler, and Frank Church River of No Return.

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Forest Service (USFS) responded to his request to open a court-ordered objection period to allow all Montanans to provide public comment on the recent closure of the mountain bike uses across 62 miles of trails in the Blue Joint and Sapphire Wilderness Study areas found on the Bitterroot National Forest.
There are daily horseback rides along Bitterroot National Forest, blrdlng tours, crosscountry skiing, fly-fishing, guided nature hikes, tennis courts, and much more to keep you moving.
At the time of the patient's illness, we had already begun a preliminary field study in the Bitterroot National Forest adjacent to the Bitterroot Valley to search for evidence that B.
The primary road data used in this analysis for lands outside the Bitterroot National Forest were downloaded from the Montana NRIS (NRIS 2004) and contained existing roads in Ravalli County.
In Montana's Bitterroot National Forest, for example, the Agriculture Department's inspector general found that forest managers had diverted $1.8 million in restoration funds to start new commercial timber sales; similar diversions cropped up in other locations as well.
According to the Bitterroot National Forest (2000), "the Forest Service and rehabilitation efforts employed hundreds of local individuals, many of them small contractors, during and after the fires."
The Forest Service had sought to allow the logging of more than 40,000 acres of burned trees in the Bitterroot National Forest of Montana before completing the public appeals required by a 1992 law.
Many of their efforts took place on private lands, where no one agency was in a position to address problems, says Nan Christianson, Fire Response Project team leader for the Bitterroot National Forest. BIRT, she says, also helped speed up rehab work by providing a direct outlet in the community for grant funds as they came in.
Darby, at the South end of the Bitterroot Valley, has seen timber harvests in the Bitterroot National Forest decline almost 90 percent since 1987.
Joe Jacquith, the Montana wildlife warden who rescued Smokey II, said he had set a trap for the young animal after a resident near Bitterroot National Forest told him of the bear's plight.
This area is mostly Bitterroot National Forest land, managed for multiple use, timber production, and wilderness.