Urban Interface Fuels Treatment in Western Montana

Hungry Horse and West Glacier Fuels Reduction Stewardship Contracting Project

A picture of a mechanical chipper operating in the forest in the Hungry Horse / West Glacier Fuels Reduction Stewardship Contracting project area.
A mechanical chipper is just one piece of equipment used on the project.

A stewardship contract has been underway since June 2004 in northwestern Montana. Once completed, the Hungry Horse/West Glacier Fuels Reduction Stewardship Contracting project will have reduced fuels on over 200 acres of Federal lands. Partners in the project include Montana DNRC, local landowners, Flathead Forestry Project, West Glacier Volunteer Fire Department, Northwestern Corporation, and the communities of Hungry Horse, Coram, and Martin City. In addition, approximately 170 acres will be treated on private lands with the assistances of a grant from the National Fire plan.

Thinning, chipping, pruning and burning were done both by hand and mechanical means. Much of the work extended as far as 500 feet into National Forest lands from the boundaries of private landholdings. The project includes 20 units located between the towns of Hungry Horse and West Glacier in Northwestern Montana. Private landowners continue to complete the project with their own fuels reduction activities.