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Two Forest Natural Disasters

Table comparing: Superior National Forest Blowdown, July 1999 and the Bitterroot National Forest Fires, Summer 2002

Jane Brissett - Contributing Writer

Published July 2, 2002  |  July 2002 issue

  Superior National Forest Blowdown,
July 1999
Bitterroot National
Forest Fires,
Summer 2002
Forest size in acres
2,171,000
1,558,000
 
Blowdown/burned areas on federal land (acres)
477,000
307,000
 
Percent of blowdown/burned area where no logging allowed due to wilderness designation
60
50
Approved salvage logging on federal land (acres)
3,300
14,000*
Board feet of salvage logged/to be logged
67 million
60 million
Controlled burn area (acres)
75,000 approved
3,000 proposed
 
Examples of other recovery areas
3,460 acres tree planting,
2,170 acres seeding,
7,030 acres regeneration in treated areas
33,000 acres tree planting
150 miles of roads decommissioned,
500 miles of road repair
 
Estimated recovery expenditures for 2001
$13 million
$7 million
 
*The Forest Service originally suggested logging 73,000 acres, then modified the plan to about 42,000 acres. The Forest Service has been ordered to collect public comment on the modified plan, and currently, 14,000 acres of salvage logging has been approved.

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