Forest Service Managing Vegetation at Georgetown Lake Campgrounds

Contact(s): Leona Rodreick

 The Pintler Ranger District is moving forward with plans to manage the trees in campgrounds around Georgetown Lake. Three Forest Service recreation sites in the Georgetown Lake area had to be closed last year.  A very wet spring that saturated the soils followed by heavy winds caused many Lodgepole pine trees to fall down throughout this area combined with the mountain pine beetle infestation which has killed many trees within the sites. The falling trees and dead trees created an unsafe situation for campground users.

     Managers have been working towards improving the health and resiliency of area vegetation while providing for the safety of the many people who visit this scenic area. Crews have removed trees identified as hazards such as root sprung and wind thrown trees, as well as beetle killed trees from Philipsburg Bay, Piney and Cable campgrounds. 

     Future plans include removing small groupings of trees within the recreation sites to create small openings to allow for the next generation of trees to grow.  Crews will also remove additional beetle killed trees and trees that fall throughout the winter and spring.  As work is completed, these recreational sites will be re-opened and provide for a more enjoyable and safer stay. 

     For additional information contact the Pintler Ranger District in Philipsburg at (406) 859-3211, or the Deer Lodge Work Center at (406) 846-1770.