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A Health Crisis for Montana's Forests



Montana is grappling with a forest health crisis declared at both state and federal levels.


Years of mismanagement and inadequate fire mitigation have led to widespread overgrowth in forests, creating highly flammable conditions that contribute to catastrophic wildfires.


The closure of two major mills in Missoula County, poses economic and environmental concerns. These mills are integral to forest management and wildfire mitigation efforts, employing loggers, truck drivers, and contractors, in supporting forest management activities.


Despite the challenges, government agencies, private partnerships, and community support are driving efforts to improve forest health and resilience.

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