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Salvage Merchantable Trees


Harvesting fire-killed trees can provide an income to offset fire losses, reduce the safety hazard of falling trees, and prepare the site for revegetation treatments. However, burn areas are much more susceptible to soil compaction, increased erosion, and slope failure. Careful logging operations are required. More information on stream and forestry management practices and 310 permits is available from the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. Consider the following points when salvage logging:

  • Use designated skid trails and install water bars after logging
  • Seed grass on disturbed areas (skid trails, landings, roads)
  • Leave slash on-site, not at landings
  • Follow Streamside Management Zone rules
  • Implement forestry best management practices
  • Obtain a 310 permit for work in or near streams from your local conservation district