Another slow news day in the middle of winter, but the Flathead National Forest Facebook page posted photos of snow ghosts. We had never heard that term, but they’re beautiful.
The North Fork Preservation Association website says… Two years ago, we mentioned the weird stuff that goes on when bears hibernate. Here’s another article along those lines.
The Daily Inter Lake reports that once again, Going-to-the-Sun Road tops the list for Glacier National Park’s deferred maintenance backlog — now sitting at $179.8 million, according to a report released Friday by the National Park Service. Deferred maintenance refers to the cost of necessary work the park has been forced to put off or delay. Read the full story here.
The Flathead Beacon reports says that temperature-sensitive trout thrive in water that is cold, clear and abundant – not exactly groundbreaking news. But a recent study tracking the relationship between warming climes and the adverse effects on global trout populations is the first to establish a scientific connection. A team of researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey – including two researchers based at Glacier National Park – found that climate directly and consistently influences trout populations worldwide, and published their finding recently in the international quarterly journal “Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries.” Read the full article here.
The Daily Inter Lake reports that the Flathead River Basin was the only drainage in Montana to see an improvement in high-elevation snow during January, according to numbers released this week by the Natural Resources Conservation Service. As of Feb. 1, the Flathead Basin had 89 percent of its normal snowpack, a 5 percent increase from Jan. 1. Read the full story here.
Shawn and Angie Agnew from Home Ranch Bottoms wrote the following on the North Fork Residents Classifieds… Our final snowshoe softball game for this winter will be Sunday February 14th at 2:00. If you are attending and have extra snowshoes to bring it would be appreciated. Our last tailgate game went well so let’s do it again!
For those who are interested, the North Fork Preservation Association has published a report from Debo Powers on last Monday’s community climate solutions project meeting. You can read the report here.