The 4,900-acre Miller Creek Demonstration Forest (MCDF) was set aside for research by the Flathead National Forest in 1989. However, experimental prescribed fire and silviculture treatments to encourage western larch (Larix occidentalis) regeneration began in 1966.
The MCDF is dominated by forests that thrive in cool, moist habitats. Western larch, Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menzeisii), subalpine fir (Abies lasiocarpa), Engelmann spruce (Picea engelmanii), lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta), and a smaller proportion of western white pine (Pinus monticola) can all be found together regardless of elevation or aspect.
Research and resources -
Fire Effects - Fire Severity:
Broadcast burning in larch-fir clearcuts: the Miller Creek-Newman Ridge study
Fire Effects - Soils:
Seedbed characteristics in western larch forests after prescribed burning
Smoke & Air Quality: