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News from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

PABLO — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) - Fuels Program are planning a prescribed burn on 400 timbered acres within the Elk Creek Drainage of the National Bison Range Refuge. This is part of an ongoing collaborative project between the USFWS and the CSKT to enhance the health and resiliency of priority natural resources at high risk to wild land fire. The burn is anticipated to reduce the overall acres of trees and density of the forest within this unit and promote the native grasslands essential to the refuge’s trust resources. 

Burn operations are expected to take two days to complete, and will be initiated between Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 11. Bison range visitors can expect road closures on the Red Sleep Mountain Drive portion of the public tour route throughout the duration of the burn. 

Please direct questions regarding burn operations to Darrell Clairmont at CSKT-Division of Fire, 406-676-2550 and questions regarding road closures to the NBR Visitor Center at 406-644-2211.


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