Let's face it, the last week or so here in Southwest Montana has been absolutely beautiful and it looks like Spring may be taking a foothold in our area.  And if there's one thing we love in this part of the state, it is to get outside and enjoy the weather while it's nice because you never know how long it is going to last.  Outdoor recreation is at the top of many of our "favorite things" list and local forester and outdoor recreation enthusiast Jocelyn Dodge reminds us that there are several things to keep in mind when venturing into the great outdoors.

"Snow may be melting in Butte but don't let the lack of snow in town make you think that roads in the high country are open for full-size vehicles," she told us, adding, "Expect roads to be snow-covered and slushy, making access to trails questionable.  Use caution and make sure you are equipped with proper emergency gear in case you get stuck in the snow or mud."  If you come across a muddy road, please be respectful. Dodge reminds you, "Please protect roads and trails by not riding or driving on them until they dry out so they can be enjoyed by everyone later in the Spring."  But road awareness and safety is not all to keep in mind.  The outdoors, of course, are full of wildlife and Dodge reminds you to be mindful of animals as well.  "Respect wildlife by checking the forest map for travel restrictions that may still be in place for wildlife security in Spring camping areas," she added.

For more information, please contact the Butte Ranger District at (406) 494-2147.

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