Montana Outdoors

May 25, 2017

Firewood season

Filed under: Summer — Tags: , — montucky @ 9:19 pm

Last Tuesday I made a trip into a higher region of the back country scouting for a place to start cutting firewood for next winter. I found that an access gate that the Forest Service said was open wasn’t open: fortunately I was just scouting and hadn’t planned to do some serious cutting. At least I brought back a few photos. The gate sits at an elevation of about 5,600 feet and the peaks in the photos are 7,000 to 7,400 feet. This is in what was about the center of the Chippy Creek fire in 2007 that consumed 150 square miles of the Lolo National Forest. The fire-killed trees will make excellent firewood but the real good news is all of the new tree growth that is already taking place. It will be 200 years before it gets back to what it once was, but Nature has plenty of time. It’s too bad that mankind doesn’t.

Little Thompson Peak (7,000 ft)

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Little Thompson Peak

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Thompson Peak (7,400 ft)

Thompson Peak

Little Thompson Peak

Across Thompson River valley

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