- Associated Press - Sunday, September 17, 2017

HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) - The Bitterroot National Forest is seeking input on a plan that affects access, logging and prescribed burns in an area near Darby.

The Ravalli Republic reports (https://bit.ly/2wo12Pg) the 27,453-acre (10,700-hectare) project near Darby involves land acquired from the Darby Lumber Co. It’s part of a years-old effort to reduce fire danger in the national forest.

The project is expected to provide more than 5 million board feet of timber to Montana sawmills.

The plan calls for logging on 1,260 acres (490 hectares) of dry pine sites and two smaller areas. The plan would decommission 35 miles (55 kilometers) of roads and create 4 miles (6 kilometers) of new roads.

The public comment period extends to Oct. 13.

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