Gov. Steve Bullock says a new state forestry management effort is more than about improving timber mills and forest health.

Speaking at Milltown State Park on Friday, Bullock said the initiative is about managing state parks, looking at restoration strategy and working with federal agencies to make sure projects are done right.

The Missoulian reports that in Milltown's case, a small-scale project set for this fall would thin young Douglas fir and lodgepole pines and give more space to larger ponderosa pine and larch.

Larger efforts in the $3 million initiative include road culvert repair work for fisheries in Fish Creek west of Alberton and near Red Lodge.

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