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News from the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

MONTANA – With the arrival of winter weather, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is reminding residents that firewood gathering for personal, non-commercial use is allowed at certain state parks in Region 1, including the Thompson Chain of Lakes between Kalispell and Libby.  

Firewood gatherers must have a permit in hand before collecting anything from an FWP site. A limited number of certain trees are designated for firewood collection.  In recent years, FWP has investigated several illegal firewood thefts at Region 1 sites. These popular public sites have lost a significant number of standing and fallen trees that were illegally removed. The lost trees can expose shorelines to erosion problems and diminish forested campsite areas, as well as harm important habitat trees for eagles, ospreys and other wildlife.  To report any illegal cutting, please call 1-800 TIP-MONT (847-6668) or the FWP Region 1 office at 406-752-5501.  

In wintertime, FWP maintains certain state parks for vehicle day-use. All sites remain open to walk-in use. Montana State Parks sites provide unique opportunities for recreation in wintertime, such as ice fishing, as well as educational programs at certain sites, such as Lone Pine State Park. 

Lone Pine is hosting a Winter Survival Basics program on Dec 15. Space is limited and tickets can be purchased from the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 1 Facebook page. 

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