To the Tribal Membership,

A public hearing was held Wednesday, September 19th, at the request of Tribal Council to discuss proposed changes to the Timber Use Policy Statement (TUPS) document.  Much discussion was heard from many including: small loggers, firewood cutters with and without equipment, CSKT Resource Specialists (Wildlife Biologist, Cultural Preservation, etc.), Council Members, and Tribal Elders.   While differing opinions arose on several topics, eventually agreement was reached on a pathway.  Attached is the proposed modifications to the proposed resolution.  The following changes were discussed for the three proposed changes as published in the Char-Koosta and as listed in the September 18th Meeting Agenda. 


Page 13, Section IV. Free Use Without Permit, - Personal Use Fuelwood

  1. Fuelwood may/may not be harvested with the benefit of skidding equipment unless otherwise approved by the FOIC.



Page 16, V. Free Commercial Use - Commercial Fuelwood and Post and Poles.

  1. Skidding equipment may be used with prior written approval of the FOIC.



Page 16, Section V. Free Commercial Use - Commercial Fuelwood and Post and Poles.

  1. R. Fuelwood harvesting for commercial use shall be limited to dead trees within 200 feet from a roadway to assure snag retention.


Council is asking for comments from the Tribal Public on these proposed changes. Please look this over and submit comments back to Tony Incashola, Jr., CSKT Tribal Forest Manager by October 3, 2019 so Forestry can compile. Forestry will present these comment and a summary to the Tribal Council for their decision to accept or not accept these changes. I thank you in advance for your time and effort to assist in this decision making process for tribal members and maintain resource protection. 

Send your comments by Email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

or by mail to:

Tony Incashola, Jr.
Tribal Forestry Department
PO Box 278
Pablo, MT  59855

Or call (406) 676-3755