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Making Communities Safe and Maintaining Forest Health
In 2008, in response to high local interest in forest restoration and fuels mitigation, the Challenge formed the Forestry Committee to prioritize mitigation efforts, strategize on treatments, and increase fire safety in communities. The committee’s cooperative work is intended to lead to stronger partnerships…

Fuels Reduction

In cooperation with the Blackfoot Watershed Fuels Mitigation Task Force, the Blackfoot Challenge is administering a cost-share program to assist private landowners in reducing hazardous forest fuels around homes and along access roads. The goal of this program, funded largely by federal and state dollars, is to improve the safety for fire fighters…

EQIP info

The Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) is a component of the Farm Bill.  The program provides technical and financial incentives to private landowners for implementing conservation practices on agricultural lands.  The program offers reimbursement payments for a variety of conservation practices including but not limited to irrigation efficiency, grazing management, forest health and wildfire protection,…

Forestry Minutes


Agenda and Minutes


News & Events

September 13, 2014 – Montana Forest Restoration Committee seeks Part-Time Coordinator
The Montana Forest Restoration Committee (MFRC) is committed through a set of restoration principles to seek and articulate a collective vision of ecologically appropriate, scientifically supported forest restoration activities on National Forest System lands in Montana.  This position directs and provides leadership for the…

Forestry Committee Workgoup


Forestry Synopsis

Forestry Committee
George Hirschenberger, Chair
Signe Leirfallom, Coordinator
Forests and Weeds Across Fence Lines
• 5 – Miles of defense for fire protection
• 500 – Acres thinned annually
• 2,500 – Acres forest restoration proposed
• 22 – Structures protected
• 1 – Blackfoot Cooperative Conservation Agreement