The photo above was taken by a volunteer for the volunteer-run Friends of the Bitterroot, a grassroots organization based in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana with a mission “to preserve the wildlands and wildlife and to protect the forests and watersheds of our region as we work for a sustainable relationship with the environment.”
According to FOB, the photo was taken within the Three Saddle Vegetation Management project on the Bitterroot National Forest.
Back in 2013, the Bitterroot National Forest’s planning staff officer, Jerry Krueger, described the project as “It’s sort of a soup to nuts sort of project.”
Well, “nuts” is right.
According to FOB, as part of the timber sale, first this area logged.
Then strong winds blew down many of the remaining trees.
Then the area was salvage logged.
Then the area was burned.
Then herbicides were sprayed on the area.
Presto! The U.S. Forest Service created a “Healthy Forest!”