Actually, reading your post more thoroughly, it sounds like you're higher up in elevation that I originally thought.
Maybe you're in a montane Douglas fir or lodgepole pine area? With seasonal wetlands!
If I had a seasonal wetland, and wanted food from it, I would definately try to plant some Camas bulbs, or cattails.
There are a ton of medicinal plants that grow in that altitude, where it's a bit wetter.
Dustin - I hope you aren't confusing me with Paul....I don't own even ONE pair of overalls
I cringe at you using the word 'rape' to describe tree cutting, and I may have some feminist allies.
It seems we have similar plans! I am moving to Anaconda this month to buy a bit of land in Deer lodge National Forest at about the same elevation.