Back Country Horsemen of Missoula

P.O. Box 2121 Missoula, MT 59806

Volunteer Organization, 501c3

For all people interested in preserving our access to the back country, see our mission statement on line.

Rattlesnake Recreation Area

As part of the on-going implementation of the Marshall Woods Restoration Project here is an update about what work has been done and what is planed for upcoming projects

·         As you know, Unit 70 along the main corridor, Road 99/Trail 515, (thinning and hand piling) is mostly complete.  The part of the unit located in the lower portion of Strawberry Ridge is an out year project.  Some pile burning may begin this fall depending if the piles are dry enough to burn and able to be fully consumed.  Soil scarification and seeding will occur after burning.  This area has been treated to reduce weed infestations as well.
·         Unit 61 in Woods Gulch/Three Larches area, Trail 513.1, has been hand thinned and piled.
·         Unit 80, toward the head end of Woods Gulch on both sides of Trail 513.2,  has been hand thinned.  Under burning will commence in the future when conditions are right.
·         Unit 90, south of the Woods Gulch Trail 513 has been hand thinned and piling should be complete, potentially, by the end of the week.
·         Unit 200, approximately 500 acres out of 600+ has been hand thinned.  Thinning in this unit may be completed by the end of the operating season depending on staff availability and weather.  Under burning will commence in the future when conditions are right.
·         The Marshall Canyon Road (Forest Road 2122) Best Management Practices project to install/improve road drainage may begin this fall, but is more likely to begin next spring/summer. 
·         Weed treatments will continue across the project area this fall.
·         Depending on weather and staff availability, hand thinning and piling may begin in Unit 70 around the main trailhead and horse trailhead/Rattlesnake Drive area.  Thinning of the meadow at the Road 99/Spring Creek jct. may also begin this fall.  The small regeneration trees will be cut and most likely left on site over the winter to dry/cure.  The slash would then be piled next spring/summer to prepare for burning.
Thank you all for your patience, interest, and support of this project.  We will continue to minimize trail closures and delays where possible.  I will provide you with another update after more progress is made.  If you have questions or concerns please feel free to give me a call.



 Mission Statement

  1. To perpetuate the common sense use and enjoyment of horses in America’s back country and wilderness.
  2. To work to ensure that public lands remain open to recreation and stock use.
  3. To assist the various agencies responsible for the maintenance and management of public lands.
  4. To educate, encourage and solicit active participation in the wise and sustained use of the back country resource by horsemen and the general public commensurate with our heritage.
  5. To foster and encourage the formation of new state Back Country Horsemen organizations.