Blackfoot-Clearwater plan hears support

By Rob Chaney
May 8, 2009

A plan mixing timber, recreation and renewable energy projects in the Seeley Lake area got a warm reception from a Missoula audience Thursday evening.

About 150 people packed a Missoula Public Library meeting room to hear details of the Blackfoot-Clearwater Stewardship Project. A panel of sawmill workers, wilderness advocates, outfitters and land owners agreed it was better to work for goals they all agreed on than to continue old grudges.

In New Era, Timber’s Struggles Stir Broad Concern and Support

New York Times
December 9, 2008

SEELEY LAKE, Mont. — A scramble is under way here in Montana to save the historically important, culturally resonant timber industry — once a pillar of the state’s identity, now under siege as demand for housing and wood products has plummeted in the national economic downturn.

Seeley Lake: Diverse group gets behind forest vision

November 14, 2008

SEELEY LAKE - Someone joked that a few years ago to get the same crowd of loggers, outfitters, snowmobilers, government officials and environmentalists in the same Seeley Lake meeting hall, there would have had to be a forest fire or boxing gloves.

Keeping it Wild

Helena Independent
May 20, 2007
By Eve Byron

Ambitious cooperative grassroots group project aims to add 87,000 acres to wilderness areas, open new land to snowmobilers, restore habitats and build a $7 million biomass electricity plant.

A Birds-Eye View of the Wilderness-Stewardship Proposal

Clark Fork Chronicle
May 17, 2007

The subject line of the email message read: “Want to go for an airplane ride tomorrow morning?”

The Blackfoot Cooperative Landscape Stewardship Pilot Project “is doing a flyover of the Seeley/Swan where they are planning for wilderness and stewardship projects,” the message said. “They have offered to let us go on the flight after the congressional staffers.”

Land-use Coalition Rolls Out Blackfoot Valley proposal

May 10, 2007

OVANDO - Flying high over the Blackfoot Valley, longtime outfitter Jack Rich is getting a bird's-eye view of countryside he knows like the back of his hand.

“There's the Horseshoe Hills over there,” Rich says into his microphone. “A lot of that land was just recently turned over to the Forest Service as part of the Blackfoot Challenge lands program. There's a lot of even-aged management of the forest there. It's going to need a lot of restoration work.”

Missoula County commissioners endorse wilderness-Stewardship proposal

Clark Fork Chronicle
March 21, 2007
By John Q. Murray

Missoula County commissioners endorsed in principle a wilderness bill that would include provisions for annual stewardship projects over the next 10 years on the Seeley Lake Ranger District.

The commissioners agreed Monday to write a letter supporting a proposal from the Blackfoot Cooperative Landscape Stewardship Project.

Plan unveiled for Blackfoot Valley lands

Helena Independent Record
January 25, 2007
By Eve Byron

An unusual coalition of environmental groups, a timber company, the U.S. Forest Service and ranchers unveiled a plan Wednesday that could lead to the first expansion of Montana wilderness areas in more than two decades.

The proposal would also open new lands for snowmobiling and create a new power generation plant in Seeley Lake.

Blackfoot plan balances diverse goals, from logging to conservation

The Missoulian
January 25, 2007
By Michael Jamison

KALISPELL - A wildly diverse group thinks it can change the way the woods work, and on Wednesday unveiled its private plan for public forests near Seeley Lake.

“This landscape-level proposal recognizes that the Blackfoot Valley is a unique ecosystem,” said Gordy Sanders of Pyramid Mountain Lumber Co. He noted the area's forests, wildlife, wilderness values and recreation opportunities, saying the proposal he and others have crafted offers a little something for everyone.

Local wilderness discussions move forward for Lolo National Forest

Clark Fork Chronicle
December 21, 2006
By John Q. Murray

Wilderness bills have changed since the Democrats last gained control of the U.S. Congress two decades ago. Where once statewide bills were all about locking up lands, there are now local, bipartisan bills that also include economic benefits for the local rural communities.

“What we’re looking for,” said Gordy Sanders of Pyramid Mountain Lumber in Seeley Lake, “is the same level of certainty that the proponents of wilderness are looking for.”

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