Land & Resources Management

Managing for Multiple Uses: The Forest Service has been dedicated to managing its resources for multiple uses since the creation of the agency in 1905. As an agency, we are charged with the task of providing sustainable multiple benefits to the public through proper management and use of natural resources. Our motto, “Caring for the Land and Serving People” captures the Forest Service mission perfectly. When our Forests are managed for sustainable multiple uses the benefits yield clean water, healthy ecosystems, sustainable supplies of wood and paper products, forage for livestock, supplies of energy and minerals, and superior places for the public to recreate.



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Flathead National Forest Current and Recent Projects

Note: Not all projects may appear on map. See list below for complete list of projects with more information or documentation.

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Developing Proposal

Bug Creek Forest Health and Fuels Reduction Project

This project will consider the following actions: Fuels reduction treatments, commercial timber sales, reclamation of roads, and installation and/or approval of existing mountain bike trails.

Crystal Cedar

A project to reduce hazardous fuels in the wildland-urban interface, improve the health and diversity of forest vegetation communities, and provide a range of trail-based recreational opportunities near the community of Columbia Falls.

Red Meadow Reciprocal Road Easement

Proposal to grant a nonexclusive perpetual easement for use of an existing road (known locally as East Red Meadow Drive) for legal easement access into private lands.

The Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Comprehensive Plan

The Comprehensive Plan will develop administrative and management goals, objectives and practices for public lands in Forest Service Regions 1 and Regions 6.

Weed Lake Landscape Restoration Project

The project will reduce the risk or extent of, or increase the resilience to, insect and disease infestation, reduce risk of uncharacteristic wildfire, and move existing disturbance regimes towards natural disturbance regimes.

Under Analysis

Betty Baptiste

A project to increase forest productivity/diversity/health; provide forest products; manage/improve wildlife habitat & security; improve fish passage; improve recreation/safety values in recreation sites; & improve scenic views along Road 38.

Cold Jim Fuels Reduction and Forest Health Management Project

Proposal to harvest timber and interplant on approximately 1245 acres of NFS lands. An estimated 1185 acres of this harvest activity is located within the Wildland Urban Interface.

FNF Plan Revision & NCDE GBCS Amendment to the Lolo, Helena, Lewis & Clark,and Kootenai NFs

The Flathead NF is revising their forest plan and preparing an amendment providing relevant direction from the NCDE Grizzly Bear Conservation Strategy into the forest plans for the Lolo, Helena, Kootenai, and Lewis & Clark National Forests.

Glacier Loon Fuels Reduction and Forest Health Project

The Decision authorizes management activities on approximately 1405 acres of NFS lands within the Project Area. An estimated 1159 acres of activities are located within the Wildland Urban Interface.

Hungry Lion

A project to reduce hazardous fuels in the wildland urban interface, improve the health and diversity of forest vegetative communities, restore aquatic habitat and hydrologic processes, and enhance recreational opportunities.

Izaak Walton Inn Ski Trails Permit Reissuance

Proposal involves issuing a new 10 year cross-country ski trail permit to Izaak Walton Inn (renewal of an existing permit).

Lindbergh Meadow Restoration

Re-establish and intermittent channel in Lindbergh meadow and fill in the current channel.

Salish Good Resource Management Project

A project to Improve forest stand conditions, reduce hazardous fuels, reduce sediment and improve water quality, maintain and improve wildlife species security and habitat, and provide commercial and personal-use wood products.

Swan Valley Bottom Maintenance Burning Project

Multiple prescribed burns in the lower elevations of the Swan Valley primarily east of HWY 83 extending from the Swan State Forest on the north to Holland Creek on the south

Taylor Hellroaring

A project to increase forest resilience, reduce fuels, and provide a range of non-motorized recreational experience by encouraging trail connectivity while maintaining terrestrial wild life habitat.

Trout Lake Adapted Silviculture for Climate Change

Vegetation management proposal in western larch stands to increase understanding of long-term ecosystem responses to several broad-spectrum climate change adaptations as part of a multi-region study.

Analysis Completed

Beaver Creek Landscape Restoration Project

Project will reduce the risk of uncharacteristic wildfire and reduce fuels; improve habitat for wildlife; improve forest health; improve watershed conditions; remediate invasions of exotic species; and provide wood products.

Blacktail Road Project

To stabilize and restore the Blacktail Road from the end of the Flathead County jurisdiction, milepost 3.43, to the top of Blacktail Mountain at milepost 13.87

Swaney Range Allotment Project

An analysis to update the Allotment Management Plan for the Swaney Range Allotment consistent with Forest Plan goals and objetives while protecting natural resources.

Whitefish Municipal Watershed Fuels Reduction Project

A project to manage fuels within the Whitefish Municipal Watershed.

On Hold

Patrol Ridge Radio Repeater Relocation

Proposal to relocate the existing Patrol Ridge radio repeater from its existing site to approximately 1 mile southwest along Patrol Ridge to a better location for radio communication coverage.


Big Creek Log Jam Removal

Open a log jam that has formed in Big Creek to provide upstream passage for bull trout to historic spawning reaches.

Project Archive

Some of our older projects can be accessed in our Project Archive.