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Current News & Issues: Forests & Fires


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Fires, 2005: Valley Road

Fires, 2006: Trailhead

Fires, 2006: Other Areas

Fires, 2007: Basin Creek

Fires, 2007: Monumental

SNRA Red Trees: Click for Photo Gallery of SNRA "Red Trees"

SNRA Red Trees: Why Are the Trees Dying?



July 2007 - Basin Creek Fire seven miles from Stanley. Lynne Stone photo.
July 2007 - Basin Creek Fire seven miles from Stanley. READ MORE...->

Red Tree Fuels Reduction Project

FREE firewood!
Firewood fees are being waived on portions of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area in order to encourage wood cutters to remove trees killed by a massive mountain pine beetle infestation.


Up to 10 cords can be cut without charge north of Galena Summit. For more information contact the SNRA office 727-5000, north of Ketchum, or the Stanley Ranger Station 774-3000. A permit is still required although there is no charge.

A Mountain Pine Beetle infestation has killed many lodgepole pines on the SNRA, giving a “red tree” appearance to the Sawtooth Valley, Stanley Basin and Salmon River canyon below Stanley.

READ MORE...->Mountain Pine Beetle in the Intermountain West
This brochure by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Intermountain Region.


Whitebark Pine

Another pine that inhabits Idaho's higher mountains is the whitebark pine. These trees can be seen from Highway 75 on Galena Summit. In the past year, the mountain pine beetle has also attacked whitebark pines.


Learn more about whitebark pines at: This organization has published brochures. The Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation is located in Missoula MT. The brochure tells of the relationship between whitebark pine cones and grizzly bears, squirrels and Clark’s Nutcrackers. The high fat nuts nourish the bears, and both squirrels and nutcrackers eat and help spread the seeds for more whitebarks to grow.

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