Looking for Weed Help

The following excellent question comes from Pat Cole…

Hi All: I have a question to put out there. My out-of-state neighbors across the road, the Hegland’s, asked me to act as liaison between them and the weed control company, WMA Specialists, that were listed in the NFNews a couple months ago. It turns out they are based in Missoula and won’t come out unless it is a large acreage and then not until July. They suggested I contact someone local. I called the county weed dept. and they told me to look in the yellow pages. I tried CS Weed Control and they referred me to Western Weed. I contacted Western Weed and they just replied that they won’t be coming to the North Fork this year.

So here is my dilemma. If we have a landowner who is looking for someone to evaluate their property for noxious weeds and hire them to eradicate them, does anyone know of a local weed specialist that will work in the North Fork?

Any help you could provide would be appreciated. We’re talking about yellow & orange hawkweed, knapweed and oxide daisy primarily. Thanks! Pat

We had the same experience when we tried calling folks from the valley for help. We would be very interested in hearing the answer to this question (you can comment below or send something on the contact page).


Bike the Sun Road

Glacier National ParkOn Tuesday, Bill and I rode our bikes on the Going to the Sun Road in Glacier Park. I have driven that road many times and even biked it on a full moon night, but biking it on a sunny spring day was a totally different experience!

The Sun Road is currently closed to everything except hiking and biking past the Avalanche parking area.   Since it was the middle of the work week, there were very few hikers or bikers on the road. For many long stretches, it felt like we had the whole Park to ourselves (which is a very unique feeling on the Sun Road that sees millions of visitors each year)! The day was particularly gorgeous with bright blue skies, warm sunshine, and cool breezes.   Continue reading

Here come the young

The Hungry Horse News reports that right now in a coulee, sagebrush flat or wheat field near you lays a newborn antelope fawn. It’s that time of year when our large mammal species drop their young, starting with bears giving birth in midwinter while in their dens and ending sometime in early June probably with a member of the deer family. Read the full story here.


ABCs and 123s of Montana’s historic rural schoolhouses

The Hungry Horse News says Montana is well known for its breathtaking mountain views, majestic lakes and vast expanses of open prairie, but one new study is honing in on a particular type of building often seen within those iconic viewsheds — the country schoolhouse. At one time, there were an estimated 2,600 rural schools in Montana. Beginning with the missions and gold camps, schoolhouses became essential community institutions and in the era of statehood and homesteading, they multiplied across the state. Read the full story here.


Man fined for killing grizzly bear

The Daily Inter Lake reports that a Wisconsin man owes the state $2,235 in fines and restitution after mistakenly killing a grizzly bear while black bear hunting near the Wilderness Lodge in the Spotted Bear Ranger District on Saturday. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Game Warden Perry Brown responded to and investigated the shooting. Read the full story here.


Learning about Harlequin Ducks in Glacier Park

Harlequin Duck class in Glacier ParkI had no idea what a Harlequin Duck was when North Forker, Randy Lakes, offered me his two tickets to the Glacier Institute class that was held last Saturday. I invited Bill Fordyce to go with me. John Ashley, a Harlequin Duck researcher, taught the class at Glacier Institute that included a field trip to find ducks.

Harlequin Ducks (Histronicus histronicus) are actually coastal birds who come here to breed in the spring. The usual process is that the female finds a mate on the North Pacific coast and brings him to the stream where she was born which is usually a fast-moving stream along the Rocky Mountains. These ducks have long-term monogamous relationships and will return year-after-year in April with the same mate to breed in the same sites. McDonald Creek in Glacier National Park has one of the largest concentrations of breeding Harlequins in the U.S. with about 20+ pairs. You can often see them diving for food along the water’s edge. A few pairs are known to breed along Trail Creek and Whale Creek in the North Fork.

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Glacier Park campgrounds opening

The Hungry Horse News reports that many of Glacier National Park’s campground facilities will open on Memorial Day weekend. Most campgrounds in Glacier Park are on a first-come first-serve basis. Reservations are available at Fish Creek and St. Mary Campgrounds beginning June 1 and may be made up to six months in advance through the National Recreation Reservation Service at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Campers without prior reservations are also welcome at these campgrounds, as space is available. Read the full article here.


Glacier Park concessioner schedules

The Hungry Horse News reports that the operating dates for Glacier National Park concessioners for this year have been scheduled. The concessioners work under contract with the Park and provide visitor services, lodging, food service, retail shops, tours, transportation, horseback riding, guided day hikes and backpacking trips, boat tours and small boat rentals.

Belton Chalets, Inc. at 1-888-345-2649 or www.sperrychalet.com or www.graniteparkchalet.com, backcountry chalets, Granite Park Chalet, available for overnight use as a rustic hiker shelter, open July 1 through Sept. 12; Sperry Chalet, services include traditional overnight accommodations and food service for overnight guests and day hikers with meal reservations, open July 10 through Sept. 12. Read the full story here.