Marshall Woods Restoration Project

Marshall Woods

 

Click here for a general overview of the Marshall Woods project

Marshall Woods Restoration Project Implementation 

See Final Decision Map for Unit Locations

2017 Schedule

Project Location

Activity

Timeline

Outcome

Potential Impacts to Visitors

Unit 1-
Marshall Canyon

Commercial Thinning, Layout, marking, and tree cruising

Layout, marking and tree cruising complete.  Tree thinning expected summer 2017

Reduce risk of crown fire initiation, increase forest resilience to insect and disease, and improve wildlife habitat

  • Vehicles on Forest Road 2122
  • Expect closures on Forest Road 2122

Units 6 and 91-
Woods Gulch area

Hand thinning and piling of trees 10" in diameter or less on 184 acres

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Beginning as early as June 13, 2017

Reduce risk of crown fire initiation and increase forest resilience to insect and disease

  • Chainsaw noise

  • Hand piles

  • Trail detours/delays

Unit 92-
North of woods gulch area

Hand thinning and piling of trees 10" in diameter or less on 69 acres

Beginning as early as August 1, 2017

Reduce risk of crown fire initiation and increase forest resilience to insect and disease

  • Chainsaw noise

  • Hand piles

  • Trail detours/delays

Unit 62 (Western portion)-
North of Woods Gulch area

Hand thinning and potential hand piling

Beginning as early as August 1, 2017

Thinning is intended to provide a fuel bed for soil nutrients and future prescribed burning

  • Vehicles on Forest Road 2122

  • Short delays for recreation traffic

Unit 82 (Western portion)-
North of Woods Gulch area

Hand thinning of trees less than 8" in diameter on 40 acres

Spring 2017

Thinning is intended to provide a fuel bed for soil nutrients and future prescribed burning

  • Vehicles on Forest Road 2122
  • Short delays for recreation traffic

Unit 64-Mt. Jumbo area

Hand thinning and piling of trees 10” in diameter or less

July 2017

Reduce risk of crown fire initiation and increase forest resilience to insect and disease

  • Chainsaw noise
  • Hand piles
  • Trail detours/delays

Road work- Forest Road 2122, Marshall Canyon road

Best Management Practices road work:  ditch and drain cleaning, and road blading

Spring 2017

Road maintenance to improve condition and drainage to

reduce sediment contribution and improve water quality during project implementation

  • Vehicles and heavy equipment on Forest Road 2122
  • Expect Closures on Forest Road 2122

Unit 70-Rattlesnake Main Trailhead

Hand thinning and piling of trees 8” in diameter or less

Likely March 2017 (weather dependent)

Reduce risk of crown fire initiation

  • Vehicles in the main Rattlesnake Trailhead
  • Chainsaw noise
  • Hand piles
  • Trail detours/delays

Noxious weed treatments throughout the  project area

Weed spraying

Began June 2016
(Ongoing)

Control and reduce weed populations

  • Vehicles on the roads
  • Chemical and biological treatments along roads and trails

Unit 200-Marshall Canyon on acquired section 33

Hand thinning of trees 8” in diameter or less

Began June 2016
(Ongoing)

Thinning is intended to provide a fuel bed for soil nutrients and future prescribed burning

  • Vehicles on Forest Roads
  • Short delays for recreation traffic

Unit 71-Rattlesnake corridor

Pile burning to begin Fall 2017

Photos:
https://www.flickr.com/
photos/141085891@
N02/albums/
72157670406182371

Began July 2016  No thinning work planned in 2017 

Reduce risk of crown fire initiation

  • Vehicles on the main Rattlesnake road/trail
  • Chainsaw noise
  • Hand piles
  • Trail detours/delays

Spring Creek Bridge Abutment in Main Rattlesnake Corridor

Abutment repair and erosion control

Photos:
https://www.flickr.com
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Completed

To improve drainage at the Spring Ck. crossing by reducing sediment and improving water quality

  • Vehicles on the main Rattlesnake road/trail
  • Heavy equipment moving rocks
  • Short delays at water crossing

Unit 80-Marshall Canyon on acquired section 31

Hand Thinning of trees 8” in diameter or less

Completed

Thinning is intended to provide a fuel bed for soil nutrients and future prescribed burning

  • Vehicles on Forest Road 2122
  • Short delays for recreation traffic

Unit 61-Woods Gulch area

Pile burning to begin Fall 2017

Photos:
https://www.flickr.com/
photos/141085891@
N02/albums/721576
72357049660

 

Completed

Reduce risk of crown fire initiation and increase forest resilience to insect and disease

  • Chainsaw noise
  • Hand piles
  • Trail detours/delays

 

Unit 90-Woods Gulch area

Pile burning to begin Fall 2017

Completed

Reduce risk of crown fire initiation and increase forest resilience to insect and disease

  • Chainsaw noise
  • Hand piles
  • Trail detours/delays

 

Additional Resource Information

 

And here is a short video on how we have been working with our partners at Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and private homeowners to carry out the important fuel reduction and thinning work that the Marshall Woods project is grounded in. Please share with others who might want to understand both the intent of this project and how collaborative, local efforts between homeowners and agencies can produce valuable results.