Custer Gallatin National Forest is using emergency funding of over five million dollars to repair flood-damaged routes in the forest.
According to the news release from the park Thursday, flood recovery is set to occur in West and East Rosebud, West fork, and main fork of Rock Creek. The quick release funding is the first step in recovering parts of the forest impacted by the flooding event in June. Over the next few months, a detailed damage report for more than 100 sites in Custer Gallatin will be conducted.
The Services Staff Officer for the Custer Gallatin National Forest, Lauren Ostwald, says the emergency funding will significantly help recover flood-impacted forest areas. She also said they would be seeking more funding opportunities given the recovery needs.
One of the Beartooth District Rangers, Ken Coffin, says every drainage in the district was affected in some way. “It is essential to check with local districts on specific areas of interest, with some sites remaining closed or really compromising your safety to try and access, such as the Beaten Path, up the East Rosebud,” Coffin said.
The sites staying closed for the remainder of the season are the Limberpine, Sheridan, M-K, and Rattin campgrounds. Depending on the speed of the bridge repairs, Parkside and Greenbough may open later in the season.
Click here to see a complete list of closures in place at the Custer Gallatin National Forest.