Living with fire: Officials, environmentalists wrestle with how to best manage forests

Squirrels scurried beneath massive Douglas fir in a forest above Kirk Hill south of Bozeman this summer. Trees with pink, orange and blue rings neighbored unmarked stands, climbing east toward Leverich Canyon.John Meyer, an attorney for the Cottonwood Environmental Law Center, pointed to a thick tree painted with vertical orange lines. “This marks the boundary… Living with fire: Officials, environmentalists wrestle with how to best manage forests