Lolo National Forest prescribed burn

Focal Region: Western Wildlands

Focal Landscapes: Northern Rocky Mountains

Overall cost estimate of completed project: $1.171 million (NWTF contribution: $8,000)

Description: Prescribed burning of Montana’s Lolo National Forest is helping game species — wild turkeys, ruffed grouse, elk and mule deer — and nongame animals, such as flammulated owls and pileated woodpeckers • Addresses decades of fire suppression and limited timber management on the Ninemile Ranger District and restores ponderosa pine forests • Improves grass and forb growth, and robust insect populations and berry-producing shrubs • The Ninemile Ranger District is burning on the Frenchtown Face Ecosystem Restoration Project to recycle nutrients and consume excess fuel • Project began in 2011, with the NWTF becoming a partner in 2014 • More than 1,700 acres of prescribed burns are funded by NWTF Super Fund dollars

Partners: USDA Forest Service Ninemile Ranger District, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

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