The Crystal Cedar Project is a forest management project undertaken by the Forest Service for the area to the north of Columbia Falls. The project area is the federal land that lies between the North Fork Road to the east, Trumble Canyon Road to the west, and Canyon Creek / 316 Road to the North.
The project as proposed includes both forestry components (commercial logging as well as fuels reduction) as well as recreation components. The recreation component consists of additional trails to be built in the area. Most of the proposed trails would be for non-motorized uses, with some trails potentially being limited to foot traffic only, and others potentially for bike traffic only.
The proposal includes approximately 24 miles of new trails to be built. FAMB has submitted comments supporting these trails, and we are requesting additional trails in specific locations that would improve the network.
As of March 2019, the Forest Service is considering the environmental impacts of the proposal. There will be additional comment periods where we'll be asking everyone to submit comments in support of the proposed trails - we expect those comment periods to come up in the summer or fall of 2019.
It is likely that some amount of new trail will be approved, but it's difficult to say at this time how much. Once the project is completed and the trails are approved, the timeline for actual construction of the trails will largely depend on fundraising efforts by FAMB and other groups like Gateway to Glacier, who is also involved with this project.