The comment period for the Environmental Assessment of Flathead National Forest's Crystal Cedar Project is now open until July 3th 2019. The project includes timber thinning, fuels reduction and new trails. A subcommittee of Gateway to Glacier Trail has proposed including 25 miles of additional multi-use trails in the Cedar Flats area immediately north of Columbia Falls. More info on how to submit comments below.
We encourage all interested parties to review the plan and to submit comments in support of the proposed trail expansion.
How to Comment:
Email your comments to:
Crystal Cedar Project
Include your name and address in your comments. Comments can be addressed to Sarah Canepa, Project Manager
Gateway to Glacier is excited to be a part of the trail plan for this project for a couple reasons:
Local trails are proven to economically benefit communities like ours. The proposed plan would stimulate travel through Historic Uptown Columbia Falls and encourage trail users to take advantage of other community amenities.
Trails will provide local outdoor recreational opportunities for residents, reducing commutes to other areas and keeping local dollars in the community.
Increased visitation will discourage illegal activities in the area such as dumping, poaching, and trespassing, by creating cleaner facilities and more community vigilance as well as focusing recreational users on defined trails.
A shared resource such as community trails fosters appreciation for local public lands and the outdoors.