Forestry

Restoring forest health and reducing wildfire risk near communities

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FORESTRY

In the Blackfoot, we live in a fire-adapted ecosystem. Historically, fires burned through lower elevation forests approximately every 10 to 40 years. These low-intensity fires typically killed only small trees and consumed litter and duff on the forest floor, clearing the way for fire resistant trees like ponderosa pine and western larch to thrive. Fire suppression over the last 100 years has led to forests that are overgrown, unhealthy, and susceptible to large wildfires. With many people now living in forested areas, these conditions pose a threat to community safety. The goal of the Forestry Committee is to work with private landowners to reduce wildfire risk near homes and communities while restoring forests to historic conditions.

Header photo: Robb Kendrick; Inset photo: Claire Dibble

LIVING IN THE FOREST

The forests we live in are prone to wildfire. As a steward, there are a number of things you can do to reduce the potential for property damage while also increasing the health of your forest.

LANDOWNER ASSISTANCE

Our Forestry Coordinator can support you with hands-on knowledge, assistance, and grant funding to accomplish your forest health and wildfire risk reduction goals.

PRESCRIBED FIRE

Learn about our work to support prescribed fire as a land management, maintenance, and restoration tool across public and private lands in the Blackfoot watershed.

FOREST HEALTH RESOURCES

Information on how to identify a variety of bugs and diseases that may impact the health of your forest, such as spruce budworm, mountain pine beetle, or root disease. 

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400

ACRES TREATED ANNUALLY

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110

LANDOWNERS RECEIVED FUNDING TO-DATE

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21

LOCAL CONTRACTORS SUPPORTED

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2,100

forested private acres treated to-date