Forest Seeks Comments on Skalkaho Restoration Project

Contact(s): Tod McKay

Hamilton, Montana – The Bitterroot National Forest is inviting the public to review and make comments on the Skalkaho Dispersed Sites Rehab Project.  The project proposes to obliterate and revegetate user-created roads along with repairing damage to three recreation sites along Skalkaho and Daly Creeks.  The project would also restore disturbed areas along the fish-bearing streams and implement Travel Management Plan decisions for the area. 

Location #1 is at the junction of Skalkaho Highway and Skalkaho/Rye Creek Road #75 near the confluence of Daly & Skalkaho Creek.  The dispersed sites on both sides of the road would be hardened with gravel and parking areas would be created for vehicles along with rehabilitating illegal user-created motorized trails.  An information board would be installed and damaged trees that have been shot at repeatedly would be removed.  The size of the dispersed sites will be reduced and pulled back from the streambank to restore vegetation along the creek.  Other resource damage occurring at these sites includes the dumping of trash and animal carcasses. 

Location #2 is on the south side of Daly Creek off Forest Road #5783.  This user-created road traverses approximately 0.5 mile.  Access to the first dispersed campsite will be retained and the road beyond will be rehabilitated. 

Location #3 is on the north side of Daly Creek off Skalkaho Highway, east of the junction with Forest Road #711.  The access point off of the highway is hazardous due to the steepness of the slope and limited visibility.  This user-created road will be rehabilitated.

Submit comments to the Responsible Official:  Eric Winthers, Darby/Sula District Ranger, by one of the following methods; mail: PO Box 388, Darby MT  59829.  Fax: (406) 821-4264, or email  Comments may also be hand delivered weekdays, 8am - 4:30pm at the Darby/Sula Ranger District, 712 N. Main Street.  Comments should include:  1) name, address, phone number, and organization represented, if any; 2) title of project on which the comments are being submitted; and 3) substantive comments including specific facts and supporting information for the District Ranger to consider. 

Public comments are due by April 27, 2018. 

This project is being considered as categorically excluded from documentation in an Environmental Assessment or Environmental Impact Statement.  Commenter names, addresses, and email addresses will become part of the public record and may be releasable under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). 

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For more information contact Sam Cook, Darby District Recreation Technician at (406) 821-4298.

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