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Draft Decision Notice Released for Hungry Lion Project

Hungry Horse, MT –May 11, 2018 – The Hungry Horse-Glacier View Ranger District of the Flathead National Forest released the draft decision notice (DN)/finding of no significant impact (FONSI) and updated environmental assessment (EA) for the Hungry Lion Resource Management Project. The project area includes the communities of Hungry Horse, Martin City, and Coram, stretching east to the Great Bear Wilderness and south to the Hungry Horse Reservoir. The project area is located within Flathead County, Montana, and is approximately 37,090 acres in size.

The selected alternative proposes 2,614 acres of commercial timber harvest, of which 1,304 acres are within the wildland urban interface to reduce the risk to wildland firefighters and residents should a wildfire occur. The draft decision also proposes 189 acres of understory removal, which will remove hazardous fuels adjacent to private property without commercial timber harvest. To improve western whitepine stands, approximately 608 acres of sapling thinning is proposed and 759 acres of prescribed burning are planned at higher elevations.

Vegetation management activities would be accessed through an estimated 3.8 miles of temporary road, and 4.8 miles of historic roads. Up to 12 culverts would be replaced or maintained, 6 aquatic organism passage structures would be installed, and 1.4 miles of road in upper Emery Creek would be rerouted to restore hydrologic processes, water quality, and aquatic habitat.

Approximately 12 miles of historic trail would be added back to the National Forest System trail system at Lion Hill and Desert Mountain, to improve recreation opportunities adjacent to communities. A fishing pier would be constructed near the South Lion Lake day use area, and parking improvements would occur at the North Lion Lake trailhead.

With the release of the draft DN, the project enters into a 45 day objection process where individuals who previously provided comment on the project may object to the activities included in the selected alternative. The draft DN/FONSI and updated EA are available online at www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50134,  where members of the public can also find information about how to file a formal objection to the project. Information is also available at the Hungry Horse-Glacier View Ranger Station in Hungry Horse, Montana.

For more information, please contact Hungry Lion Project Leader, Sarah Canepa at (406) 387-3800.