Posted: May 12, 2013 10:12 PM by MTN News
HAMILTON- Folks heading out to the popular Lake Como area near Darby are being reminded to be on the lookout for machinery and logging trucks on the roads near the lake on weekdays and on weekends.
An area around the boat launch is still closed as a safety measure while the logging project is underway.
Bitterroot National Forest spokesperson Tod McKay says that the 210-acre project is thinning and removing beetle killed and infested trees, and that the work is needed because the trees present a hazard to the public.
Fisherman and others wanting access to the lake are being asked to park on the north side by the beach and picnic area, advises a news release.
Crews are hoping to have much of the work done by Memorial Day Weekend, which is the traditional start of the summer camping season. McKay says that the logging operations will shut down during the holiday weekend, and the boat ramp and all campgrounds at the lake will be open.
The Como Campground project will send nearly 700,000 board feet of timber to Montana sawmills.