The Pintler Ranger District office located in Philipsburg will be closed on Tuesday, May 31 from 8 a.m. until 9:30 a.m., and closed all day Wednesday, June 1 so that all employees may attend annual mandatory training. The Philipsburg office will be open on Thursday, June 2 at 8 a.m.
For those who are seeking firewood cutting permits, Hardware Hank in Anaconda, Fic’s Conoco in Drummond and I-90 Auto and Truck Plaza in Deer Lodge sell Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF firewood permits. Maps may be purchased online at: www.nationalforeststore.com.
Order 2015-BD-D1-023 was signed on October 19, 2015. This order is necessary to implement the February 12, 2010 Record of Decision Enacting the Forest Plan Travel Management Direction for Certain Areas of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. The Restricted Area is shown on the attached maps. This order prohibits possessing or using a motor vehicle anywhwere not designated open to vehicle use. For purposes of this order, it is prohibited to use or possess a motor vehicle, excluding snowmobiles, off of a route designated as open by the February 12, 2010 Record of Decion Enacting the Forest Plan Travel Management Direction for Certain Areas of the Beaverhead-Deerldoge National Forest.
The Beaverhead-Deerldoge Forest Supervisor signed a letter on October 7, 2015 clarifying UTV use on motorized trails. The use of vehicles 50 inches or less in width is permitted on roads and trails designated as open per the FEIS and ROD of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge Forest Travel Plan direction and the published MVUMs. Vechile width is defined as the overall width outside of the to outside of the tire.
Side-by-sides or Utility Task Vehicles (UTVs) that are less than 50 inches wide and are "trail vehicles" are considered to be within the scope of the definition of an ATV under our existing travel decisions.
Over this past winter, the Pintler Ranger District has worked with a logger to remove the large overstory lodgepole pine within Piney Campground and Boat Launch to provide for public saftey. This decision was made in the fall of 2014, and did not come easily. We understand and appreciate that Piney Campground, located along the northwestern shore of Georgetown lake, has become a special place for many people over the years. Continue Reading . . .
Blacktail Trailhead located at the end of Majestic View Road will be closed starting May 18, 2016 for road reconstruction. The road is owned and maintained by the Homestake Meadows Homeowners Association and provides access to trails in Thompson Park. The Homeowners Association has contracted the work with large equipment that will make it impassable for public access to the trailhead.
Trail users should plan on accessing trails from Sagebrush Flats, Lower Eagles Nest Trailhead or Lion’s Den off Montana Highway 2. One mile of the Blacktail Ridge trail will be closed from the junction of Blacktail Canyon to Blacktail Trailhead. The road work is expected to take approximately 10 days depending on weather conditions.
For more information contact the Butte Ranger District at (406) 494-2147, or the Butte-Silver Bow Parks and Recreation Department at 497-6535.
The China Ditch (structure) from the old Phosphate Mine in the SE 1/4 of Section 9, T8N, R11W near Forest Service road #302 (Pikes Peak Road) to the SW 1/4 of Section 3, T8N, R11W near Forest Service road #5167 (Emery Ridge Road) is closed for public safety due to unstable soils and recent failures due to ditch bank instability. The closure is in effect from May 16, 2016 to May 16, 2017 unless rescinded earlier.
The portions of the Nez Perce Trail #7092 in T4N, R6W, Section 17 and continuing in a southeasterly direction to the terminus in T3N, R6W, Section 14; approximately 15 miles north of Butte is closed for public safety due to trail reconstruction. The closure is in effect from August 28th to October 15th unless rescinded earlier.
Before traveling or going outdoors to play, it's good to check the current weather and weather forecast. Especially in mountainous areas, local conditions can change quickly. Be well prepared so you can enjoy your trip!