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Limestone West timber sale draft EIS available for public review, comment

BOZEMAN, Mont. – The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) has released its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Limestone West Timber Sale. Public comment on the DEIS will be accepted through October 30, 2018.

 Limestone West Project Leader Chuck Barone said the DEIS proposes three action alternatives, along with a no-action alternative. The action alternatives are as follows:


  1. Action Alternative A: This alternative proposes harvest units using both conventional ground-based equipment on 417 acres, along with cable harvest system for 185 acres. This alternative would require the most road construction (9.2 miles), treat more acreage, and would be the most visible alternative from recreation corridors and residential areas.

  2. Action Alternative B: This alternative proposes harvest with conventional ground-based equipment on 375 acres and defers harvest in areas identified as highly important to the public – most notably adjacent to the Triple Tree subdivision trail. This alternative would also require fewer miles of new road construction (6.5 miles), treat less acreage, and offers the most limited impacts to the viewshed for surrounding residents and recreational users.

  3. Action Alternative C:  Under Montana Code Annotated (77-5-208), DNRC may accept an application for a conservation license in lieu of a proposed timber harvest. DNRC received an application for a conservation license in lieu of the proposed West Limestone project in the fall of 2016. This license is a temporary deferral of a timber harvest in a specified geographic area. During the MEPA process, DNRC must set the term length of the license along with other provisions. Through the application process, a conservation license applicant reserves the right to bid against purchasers of the timber sale. This alternative will analyze for the issuance of a conservation license in lieu of the proposed timber sale, including the impacts of deferred forest management for a length of 10 years.

  1. Following the conclusion of the public comment period, DNRC will evaluate and respond to all comments received and refine the Environmental Impact Statement as necessary, and plans to release the final EIS in mid-November 2018.

    The Limestone West Draft Environmental Impact Statement is available online at

    Public comment may be submitted through October 30, 2018. Submit public comments electronically by sending an email to, or by standard mail to: Chuck Barone, Project Leader, ATT: Limestone West Timber Sale, Montana DNRC, 2273 Boot Hill Court, Ste. 110, Bozeman, MT 59715.