A current problem that the Bitterroot Valley faces is the potential for large wildfires to occur. This comes from one main factor, how logging and clear cutting have been used in the area to create one large bonfire waiting to happen. To elaborate on this factor, Montana has had a history of its forests being clear cut and has been farmed for resources at a rate that isn’t sustainable. The Forestry service in the past has been removing the larger trees which are the ones most resistant to fire because of their height and flames rarely reaching the treetops which is where most of the fuel is, and has been leaving all of the cut branches and treetops. All this combines to create a giant pile on kindling on the ground and since there is very few larger tree which cannot be touched by the fire, the whole forest seems to instantaneously go up into flames. This problem may be historical in nature depending on how far you want to go back. If you went to a time before humans, this problem wouldn’t be as prevalent because you would still have the trees that simply grew over the top of the fires and wouldn’t burn, thus, creating an environment in which fires simply do not have a great amount of fuel.
I think the Bitterroot valley could be used as almost a perfect example of what happens when humans get carried away with how much of the worlds resources that we really need. If humans were to plan out how their actions would effect the ecosystem they’re working in, this perfect storm could have possibly been avoided. We simply cannot go and clearcut whole forests, but rather we have to harvest resources carefully or disasters will be sure to continue.