BUTTE, Mont. -

The following is a news released from the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.

"The Forest Service will be applying insecticides in recreation sites throughout the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest over the next few weeks.   The need for this is driven by the current mountain pine beetle epidemic, which has heavily affected many areas throughout southwest Montana and has already impacted some individual trees within popular recreation areas. 

If you're planning your annual family outing on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, or if it's your first venture to the 3.35 million acres of Montana woodland, you may note that many of the recreation sites will look different than seen in years past or in the pictures that may have prompted your destination.

"We'll begin in June with individual tree treatments in those places we know a large majority of Forest visitors and users will be this summer - campgrounds, day-use areas and trailheads," stated Bruce Schuelke, Reforestation Forester for the Forest.  "To be effective, we must spray the green trees before the beetles fly again in mid-summer when they'll bore into and lay their eggs in new-found trees."  In addition Schuelke stated, "Campground users will notice packets stapled to trees.  These 2"x2" packets are Verbenone and/or MCH and are used to ward away bark beetles in area's that we cannot spray the Carbaryl pesticides because of being too close to water".

Beginning mid-June and continuing through mid-July depending upon the weather, a Forest Service workforce and contract sprayers will be placing packets and spraying Carbaryl to protect individual pine trees from mountain pine beetles in recreation sites on the following ranger districts of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest:

Dillon Ranger District, (406) 683-3900
Brown's Lake Campground**
Birch Creek Education Facility & Rental Cabin**
Reservoir Lake Campground & Picnic Area
Sacajawea Campground & Picnic Area
Maverick Mountain Ski Area
Grasshopper Campground
Price Creek Campground

Wise River Ranger District, (406) 832-3178   Lupine Warming Cabin Mono Creek Trailhead & Campground Little Joe Campground Grand Vista Point of Interest Willow Creek Campground Lodgepole Campground Boulder Creek Campground 4th of July Campground Pettengill Campground Lower Seymour Creek Campground **
Pintler Campground & Picnic Area**

Wisdom Ranger District, (406) 689-3243   May Creek Campground **Miner Lakes Campground** Steel Creek Campground**
Mussigbrod Campground**
Van Houghton North Campground  Twin Lakes Campground ** Van Houghton South Campground
Hogan Cabin

Butte Ranger District, (406) 494-2147   Archery Range Low Eagles Nest Picnic Area  
Lion's Den Day Use Picnic Area
Highland Trailhead
Sheepshead Day Use Area & Host Pad
Freedom Point Picnic Area
Lowlands Campground & Picnic Area
Maney Lake Picnic Area
Beaverdam Campground & Picnic Area

Madison District (406) 682-4253
Mill Creek Campground
Branham Lake Campground
Potosi Campground**
Bear Creek Campground**
Madison River Campground
Wade Lake Campground
Cliff Point Campground
Hill Top Campground**

Jefferson District (406) 287-3223
Whitehouse Campground & Dispersed Campground
Homestake Picnic Area
Delmoe Lake Campground & Picnic Area
Pigeon Creek Campground**
Toll Mountain Campground**
Elkhorn Picnic Area**

Pintler Ranger District, (406) 859-3211 in Philipsburg Orofino Campground & Picnic Area Racetrack Campground** East Fork Campground Spillway Campground  Copper Creek Campground Douglas Creek Cabin Rental** Spring Hill Campground & Picnic Area Spring Hill Administrative Cabin Echo Lake Picnic Area **
Cable Creek Campground**
Discovery Ski Area**
Flint Creek Campground**
Moose Creek Rental Cabin
Moose Lake Fishing Access Pebble Beach Fishing Access Philipsburg Bay A Campground ** Philipsburg Bay B Campground **
Philipsburg Bay C Campground**
Stony Campground & Rental Cabin **
Rainbow Bay Picnic Area**
Red Bridge Boat Launch** Piney Loop A Campground**
Piney Loop B Picnic Area**

Sites marked with (**) will not be closed but will have packets placed on trees to reduce impacts from bark beetles.  Signs will be posted at locations where work is occurring with information on the chemical used, and closure period, including a potential time when the location can once again be used.  Exposure of the public to Carbaryl spray, Verbenone packets and MCH packets should be minimal to non-existent.

Weather will affect the spraying schedule as application will not occur on windy or rainy days, nor will it be done within 75 feet of water.  Picnic tables, fire pits and restroom doors will be covered with plastic during spraying.