Marshall Woods Restoration Project

Marshall Woods

 

Click here for a general overview of the Marshall Woods project

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8/30/2017- Marshall Woods Project Update

Over the last two months, ongoing progress has continued with the Marshall Woods Restoration Project in the Woods Gulch area.  Here is a list of what has been accomplished  this summer and what is coming.

 Completed Work North of Woods Gulch:

  • Unit 6 - hand thinning and piling immediately adjacent to and north of the upper Three Larches trail. 

  • Unit 62 west half – hand thinning and piling  

  • Unit 70 - hand thinning and piling from the Horse Trailhead south to the Quast Ditch along trail @112

  • Unit 91- hand thinning and piling located to the west of Unit 6

  • Unit 92 - hand thinning and piling

 In Progress Upper Woods Gulch:

  • Unit 82 – hand thinning on the west side of unit

 Starting on August 31st South of Woods Gulch:

  • Unit 64 – hand thinning and piling

 Please refer to the project area map

 

Marshall Woods Restoration Project Implementation 

See Final Decision Map for Unit Locations

2018 Schedule

Project Location

Activity

Timeline

Outcome

Potential Impacts to Visitors

Unit 1-
Marshall Canyon

Commercial thinning, layout, marking, and tree cruising

Likely to be thinned fall 2018 or summer 2019

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 5 and 60-  Three Larches area

Pre-commercial thinning and potential hand piling

Beginning as early as September 24, 2018

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

  • Chainsaw noise

  • Hand piles

  • Delays

Units 6 and 91-
Woods Gulch area

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

Pile burning

Photos:https://www.flickr.com
/photos/
141085891@N02
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/72157686093814026

Piles will likely be burned fall 2018

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

Pile burning

Piles will likely be burned fall 2018

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

Pile burning

Piles will likely be burned fall 2018

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

Photos:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/141085891
@N02/albums/72157701550726094

Completed

Area to be underburned in 2-3 years

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

Pile burning

Piles will likely be burned fall 2018 

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

Completed

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

Pile burning

 

Piles will likely be burned fall of 2018 or fall of 2019

Reduce risk of crown fire initiation

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

Units 100A and 100B-  along Rattlesnake Creek and Poe Meadows area

Encroaching conifers cut and hand piled

Aspen parent-trees retained and cut trees loosely piled around aspen clumps to reduce browsing pressure on regenerating sprouts

Potential pile burning

 

Begining in the next couple of years

Meadow and aspen restoration

  • Vehicles in the main Rattlesnake Trailhead

  • Chainsaw noise

  • Hand piles

  • Trail detours/delays

Noxious weed treatments throughout the  project area with focus on Units 61, 64, 70 and 90; Marshall Canyon Rd. #2122 and roads into Units 63, 84 and 200.

Weed spraying, Biological Control Releases, Hand Pulling and Mechanical Control

Began June 2016
(Ongoing)
 

Control and reduce weed populations.

  • Vehicles on the roads.
  • Chemical and biological treatments along trails and roadways.
  • Tools and equipment along 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

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

Began July 2016 

Pile burning completed 

Possible underburn spring 2019

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
/photos/141085891@
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72157672541396995



 

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 began October 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.

 

 





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