Mapping 50 Years of Melting Ice in Glacier National Park

Agassiz glacier. John Scurlock/U.S.G.S.

The New York Times has an article that begins… Glacier National Park is losing its glaciers.

The flowing sheets of ice scattered throughout the Montana park shrank by more than a third between 1966 and 2015, according to new data from the United States Geological Survey and Portland State University.

Using aerial and satellite imagery, researchers traced the footprints of 39 named glaciers in the park and surrounding national forest. They found that 10 had lost more than half their area over 50 years.

Read the full article here.

Enjoy Memorial Day on the water, but be safe, know the rules and Clean Drain Dry

Memorial Day in Montana is the unofficial start to summer and as boaters flock to the amazing rivers and lakes across the state, they need to keep in mind the new rules aimed at limiting and preventing aquatic invasive species.

All watercraft coming into Montana from out of state must be inspected prior to launching. Additionally, all watercraft travelling across the Continental Divide into the Columbia River Basin, must be inspected. Continue reading

Do I need inspected?

This from the FWP website… Confused about whether or not you need to get your watercraft inspected for aquatic invasive species? Don’t worry, this year in Montana the answer is simpler than you might think.

Are you bringing your boat into Montana from out of state?

You need to be inspected prior to launching.

Are you crossing the Continental Divide into the Columbia River Basin?

You need to be inspected prior to launching.

Are you encountering an open inspection station?

If you have a watercraft with you, you must stop and get inspected.

These rules are not just good ideas, they’re the law. But to make sure your inspection is quick and easy, remember to Clean, Drain, and Dry.

Crews working hard to open Beartooth Pass for Memorial Day weekend

Crews hope to have the scenic road ready for traffic by the start of Memorial Day Weekend. (MTN News/Justin Hose photo)

KPAX.com reports that plowing crews working on the Beartooth Highway south of Red Lodge are confident the scenic road to Cooke City and the northeast entrance of Yellowstone National Park will be open in time for the start of the Memorial Day weekend on Friday morning. Read the full article here.

All Hands on Deck

The Director of FWP has a message in the Montana Outdoors magazine. It begins… Detection of a few microscopic animals has substantially altered natural resources management in Montana. Monitoring crews with FWP’s Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Program discovered the minuscule larvae of invasive mussels last fall at Tiber Reservoir, about 60 miles north of Great Falls, and made “suspect” detections at Canyon Ferry Reservoir near Helena. The discovery had been dreaded for years. Read the full article here.