Located in west-central Montana, the Helena National Forest surrounds Montana’s Capital City and offers close to one million acres of distinctive landscapes. The Forest is administered by District headquarters in Lincoln, Helena, and Townsend, with the Supervisor’s Office also located in Helena.
Straddling the Continental Divide, the Helena National Forest is rich with natural and cultural resources. Its diverse topography and geology provides wonderful scenery and many recreational opportunities. The Forest's mountain ranges contain a wide diversity of plant and animal life. Native cutthroat trout and other fish species populate clear mountain lakes and streams. Evidence of past human use, ranging from ancient Indian cliff paintings to historic mining ruins, is everywhere.
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The Helena National Forest released an environmental assessment and decision notice/finding of no significant impact document regarding activities proposed along the Red Mountain Flume and adjacent to the Chessman Reservoir to help maintain the infrastructure, and water quality and supply to the City of Helena from its municipal (Tenmile) watershed.
The Helena National Forest is proposing changes to the existing motorized public access routes and prohibitions for wheeled and over-snow motorized vehicles on National Forest system lands within the Divide Travel Planning Area on the Helena Ranger District. The overall objective of this proposal is to provide a manageable system of designated public motorized access routes, consistent with and to achieve the purposes of, Forest Service travel management regulations at 36 CFR part 212 subpart B.