Forest Service Recreation Sites Temporarily Closed for Beetle Spraying

Contact(s): Leona Rodreick

  The Forest Service will be applying the insecticide Carbaryl at pubic recreation sites on the Madison Ranger District the week of August 8.  A Forest Service work crew and contractors will be spraying Carbaryl to protect individual pine trees from mountain pine beetles.  The following sites will be temporarily closed: Wade Lake Campground and Boat Launch as well as Hilltop Campground will be closed on Mon. Aug. 8 at 2 p.m. and re-open  on Wed. Aug. 10 at 8 a.m.;  Madison River Campground will be closed Tue. Aug. 9 at 2 p.m. and re-open on Thu. Aug. 11 at 8 a.m.

          Signs will be posted at locations where work is occurring with information on the chemical used and the closure period, including a potential time when the location can once again be used. Exposure of the public to Carbaryl spray should be minimal to non-existent.  

     Weather will affect the spraying schedule as application will not occur on windy or rainy days, nor will it be done within 75 feet of water.  Picnic tables, fire pits and restroom doors will be covered with plastic during spraying.

     The need for this is driven by the current mountain pine beetle epidemic, which has heavily affected many areas throughout southwest Montana and has already impacted some individual trees within popular recreation areas.  For additional information contact the Madison Ranger District in Ennis at (406) 682-4253.