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Birch Creek Orientation Sign

This interpretive sign that was stolen near the forest boundary along the Birch Creek Road (#98) north of Dillon. The Forest Service is seeking assistance from the public in locating the stolen sign.

Forest Service seeks stolen sign

The Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF is seeking assistance from the public that will lead to the recovery of an interpretive sign that was stolen near the forest boundary along the Birch Creek Road (#98) north of Dillon. The new sign had been installed on May 5 and was reported missing in mid-August.

“The theft is very unfortunate because it was a nice interpretive sign designed to orient visitors with information about the Birch Creek area and its history,” said Dillon District Ranger Scot Shuler.

The sign along with materials and employee time to install it is valued at about $6,000.

The Forest Service is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) involved in the theft of this sign. If anyone has knowledge of who stole the sign and where it is located, contact Matt Mickelson at 406-683-3963.

Safety advised in national forest during trapping season

Montana’s trapping season is in full swing and the Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest wants to offer important reminders for all winter recreationists.

Melany Glossa, Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest supervisor, said “Montana’s Fish Wildlife and Parks has trap setback requirements from roads, trails and campgrounds and most trappers take additional efforts to place traps in areas well away from those frequented by other recreationists.”

Dog owners and others concerned about trapping can minimize risks by staying on well used routes and keeping pets close by when hiking, snowshoeing, or skiing said Glossa.  According to FWP, winter recreationists should be on the lookout for signs of trapping activity; a lightly traveled snowmobile track or a few footsteps in the snow may indicate a trapper’s presence and should be avoided.

To learn more about Montana’s trapping season should look at the website The link has good information, like how to become more proficient at releasing traps and snares and Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks contact information.

For additional information about winter recreation opportunities on the Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest contact us at 406-683-3900 or visit

Rangers selected for Ninemile, Plains-Thompson Falls districts

New district rangers were announced for both the Ninemile and Plains-Thompson Falls Ranger districts on the Lolo National Forest. Erin Carey has been selected as the ranger for the Plains-Thompson Falls Ranger District and Eric Tomasik has been selected as the ranger for the Ninemile Ranger District.

Carey has been the deputy district ranger on the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District on the White River National Forest in Colorado for three years, and is currently in a 120-day detail (temporary) assignment as the acting district ranger on the Flagstaff Ranger District on the Coconino National Forest in Arizona. Tomasik is currently working in a 120 day detail assignment as the deputy director for renewable resources in the Forest Service’s Northern Region office in Missoula.

Tomasik has worked in the Northern Region’s regional office in a number of positions in addition to Forest Service work in Alaska, Utah, New Mexico and Montana on fire and trail crews, as a biological technician, wildlife biologist, regional program lead, national Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Liaison, and acting district ranger.

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