MISSOULA – Missoula Parks and Recreation will begin a forest thinning project on Mount Sentinel this week.
The project is funded by a grant from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and done in cooperation with the University of Montana. The project area spans land owned by UM and the City of Missoula.
The work aims to improve the health of the forest on Mount Sentinel by thinning early growth Douglas fir saplings that are crowding the forest understory. The project site lies above the University’s M Trail, and results of the work will be visible from the valley floor. The project will continue over the next few months.
Contractors will be accessing the project area from Crazy Canyon Road, as well as the fire road on Mount Sentinel.
“This is really intended to open up the forest for plant and animal diversity as well as tree health,” said Morgan Valliant, Missoula open space manager.