The Bitterroot National Forest is preparing to update its Forest Plan for elk habitat and wants the public's help. Forest Supervisor Matt Anderson has extended the public comment period to February 10 so people can provide information or suggest data the officials can use in setting elk habitat objectives. The forest is working with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, which has more recent information and has concluded some research on elk distribution and seasonal movements. The Forest Plan is using data from over 30 years ago. For more information check the Bitterroot National Forest website or contact Jeff Shearer at 406 375-2608. Public comments can be submitted on the project comment page.

An elk herd in the Bitterroot. (Mike Daniels, Townsquare Media)