Two regionally based environmental groups contend that roads in the Flathead National Forest can significantly impair habitat for grizzly bears and bull trout, both of which are threatened species protected in the Lower 48 by the Endangered Species Act.
Two environmental groups have filed suit against the Forest Service and other federal agencies claiming the new Flathead National Forest plan doesn’t do enough to protect grizzly bears and bull trout. The suit, filed by Friends of the Wild Swan and the Swan View Coalition, claims road rules under the new plan reverse a decades-old policy that closed roads in the 2.4 million-acre Forest.
If you are going to be in the Flathead Valley during the last part of April, I will be giving 3 presentations on grizzly bears.
- The first one is April 23 at 6pm at the ImagineIF libraries in Kalispell (that one might already be full I was informed). Sponsored by Whitefish Legacy Partners.
- The second one is April 25th at 6pm at the Swan River Community Hall near Bigfork. Doug Chadwick will also be giving a presentation on bears. It is sponsored by Swan Valley Bear Resources (free pizza and beer while it lasts!).
- The third one is April 30th at 6pm in Whitefish at Grouse Mountain Lodge. It is sponsored by Whitefish Legacy Partners.
The grizzly bears are emerging from their dens right now so the presentations are timely! Hope to see you at one of the presentations!
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks :: FWP Fisheries Biologists Plan Collaboration with National Park Service to Conserve Westslope Cutthroat
In late March, the National Park Service released an Environmental Assessment proposing to use rotenone, a fish toxicant, to remove threats posed by non-native Yellowstone cutthroat from Lake Evangeline, Camas Lake, and Camas Creek upstream of Arrow Lake in the upper Camas drainage.
I first visited Glacier National Park in June. Though winter had only recently loosened its grip on the Crown of the Continent, there were blue skies and sunshine as I hiked up a high-elevation glacial basin. The temperature was a balmy 60 degrees. Even at the trailhead, the consequences of the harsh winter were clear.