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Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF to Spray for Bark Beetles in Recreation Areas



BUTTE—The Forest Service will be applying insecticides in recreation sites throughout the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest over the next few weeks. The need for this is driven by the current mountain pine beetle epidemic, which has heavily affected many areas throughout southwest Montana and has already impacted some individual trees within popular recreation areas.

Treatment sites will be closed during spraying and reopened the following day. Signs will be posted at locations where work is occurring with information on the chemical used, closure period, including a potential time when the location can once again be used. Exposure of the public to Carbaryl spray, verbenone packets and MCH packets should be minimal to non-existent.

Weather will affect the spraying schedule as application will not occur on windy or rainy days, nor will it be done within 75 feet of water. Picnic tables, fire pits and restroom doors will be covered with plastic during spraying.

A Forest Service workforce and contract sprayers will be spraying Carbaryl to protect individual pine trees from mountain pine beetles in recreation sites on the following ranger districts of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest:

Dillon Ranger District
Lemhi Pass to Jackson:
Reservoir Lake campground & picnic area
Bloody Dick Cabin
Pioneer Mt. Byway:
Willow Creek Campground

Wise River Ranger District
Pioneer Mt. Byway:

Willow campground

Wiseriver area:

Lower Seymour campground

Pintler picnic area

Wisdom Ranger District
May Creek campground
Miner campground
Steel Creek campground
Mussigbrod campground
Van Houghton South campground
Hogan Cabin
Fall spraying after Labor Day weekend:
Twin Lakes campground

Butte Ranger District
Archery range
Low Eagles Nest picnic area
Lion’s Den day use picnic area
Highland Trailhead

Pintler Ranger District, in Philipsburg
Summer Spraying:
Camp Watanopa Girl Scout Camp
East Fork campground
Anaconda Job Corps
Fall spraying after Labor Day weekend:
Lodgepole campground
Spring Hill campground
Spring Hill administrative cabin
Echo Lake picnic area
Cable Creek campground
Pebble Beach fishing access
Philipsburg Bay A campground
Philipsburg Bay B campground
Philipsburg Bay C campground
Rainbow Bay picnic area
Piney Loop A campground
Piney Loop B picnic area

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