Governor Gianforte Announces Good Neighbor Authority Timber Sale To Begin In Libby
HELENA,MT (STL.News) Governor Greg Gianforte announced that the first Good Neighbor Authority (GNA) Timber Sale in Lincoln County is scheduled to begin operations this month.
“The Good Neighbor Authority Timber Sale in Libby is a promising step forward as we work to more actively manage our federal lands. I’m committed to increasing our use of the Good Neighbor Authority so we can have healthier forests, prevent catastrophic wildfires, improve wildlife habitat, increase recreational opportunities, and bring back good-paying Montana timber jobs,” Governor Gianforte said.
The GNA project named “Skidale” is located approximately one mile southwest of the intersection of US Hwy 2 and MT 37, on the Parmenter Creek Road. The project was analyzed by the U.S. Forest Service under the Skidale Wildfire Resiliency Project, signed in October 2019 by Libby District Ranger, Nathan Gassmann.
“The Skidale Good Neighbor Authority project is a significant success story! While small in acreage it has been one of our most critical areas in our community wildfire protection plan,” Lincoln County Commissioner Mark Peck said.
The Good Neighbor Authority was permanently established under the 2014 Farm Bill.