Forest Service Releases Draft Decision for Greater Red Lodge Area Vegetation and Habitat Management Project

Contact(s): Marna Daley, 406-587-6703

Red Lodge, MT… The Custer Gallatin National Forest has released for public review the Draft Record of Decision (ROD) and Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (Final SEIS) for the Greater Red Lodge Area Project.  This supplemental analysis updates some Canada lynx information and corrects a wildland urban interface boundary error found in the 2015 Final EIS.  

The project is located near Red Lodge, Montana in portions of Red Lodge Creek, Nichols Creek, and Willow Creek.  These watersheds are considered transition zones, or the areas transitioning from public to private land, and wildland urban interface in the Carbon County Community Wildfire Protection Plan.  As such, they are a high priority for fuels reduction work by the Forest Service and Carbon County.

The Draft Decision includes approximately 1,051 acres of commercial timber harvest and 756 acres of non-commercial thinning.  The draft decision also calls for reconstructing Nichols Creek road and trailhead to improve water quality and parking for hikers and skiers. Nichols Creek road will be part of a non-motorized trail connection to Red Lodge Mountain.    

“We are anxious to implement this project. We’ve designed the treatments to enhance and restore aspen and other vegetation communities and break up the continuity of fuel in the project area. Diversity in vegetation communities creates ecosystem resiliency and will enhance our ability to manage wildfire across this landscape,” said Ken Coffin, Beartooth District Ranger.

Objections to the Draft Record of Decision may only be filed by those who previously submitted comments on the project and must be filed within 45 days of the legal notice publication in the newspaper of record. 

More information about the Greater Red Lodge Area Project, including the Draft ROD, Final SEIS, and objection information is available online at and at the Beartooth Ranger District in Red Lodge, Montana.   For additional information, contact Ken Coffin, District Ranger, Beartooth Ranger District, at 406-446-2103, or Vicki Regula, Interdisciplinary Team Leader, at 406-848-7375.