Avalanche Advisory Considerable

The Flathead Avalanche Center writes about our area… Winds from varying directions has drifted the recent substantial snowfall and has elevated the avalanche hazard.  The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE above 6000 feet where fresh wind slabs should be expected on all aspects. Below 6000 feet the avalanche danger is MODERATE. Evaluate all terrain that has received wind loading or substantial new snow before committing to a slope. Dangerous avalanche conditions exist and conservative decision-making is essential today. Read the full advisory here.

Wildlife and natural resource legislative roundup

The Missoulian says…  With Montana’s abundant wildlife and natural resources, Montana’s lawmakers have been steadily working through their usual slew of bills covering hunting, fishing, recreation, access and management. As the Legislature reaches its halfway point, here is an update on some of the session’s most talked-about legislation. Read the full update here.

Open Burning is Around the Corner

From the Flathead City-County website

The Flathead National Forest Facebook page says… It may not seem like it today, but spring is just around the corner so plan ahead – Spring Open Burning Season will be open: March 1-April 30. Spring is a great time to trim trees, clean up your yard, improve defensible space around your home, and prepare for fire season in Montana. Call Flathead County Air Quality Control at 751-8144 or check their website for today’s ventilation forecast and other important information. Remember, burning is prohibited within city limits of Kalispell, Columbia Falls, and Whitefish. http://flatheadhealth.org/environmental-…/burn-restrictions/

Bark Ranger Gracie

From the Glacier National Park Facebook page… While last night, all of America’s eyes were on the golden stars of Hollywood, today we celebrate one of Glacier’s Golden Stars, “Bark Ranger” Gracie, who’s summer 2016 program earned her and her barkmates, the Public Lands Alliance Outstanding Public Engagement of the Year Award- Partner’s Choice. Partnering with Glacier National Park Conservancy, Gracie was an ambassador to the public on wildlife safety at Glacier National Park, as well as helped to mitigate negative human/ wildlife interactions at the highly popular site for both goats and humans, Logan Pass. Two paws up, and three loud WOOOOFS! for Gracie and her Barkmates!!! Follow her park journey, @barkrangernps on Instagram. Photos courtesy of Julie Cowan and Alice Biel.

North Forkers in Trouble

We received the following from North Fork neighbor Cheryl Watts…As many of you know by now, Michel is in hospital in Nuevo Vallarta. Michel has pneumonia, a weak heart and his kidneys have shut down. He is getting great care which is very expensive, if you could please help with any amount to ease the financial stress on Cheryl and Michel. Thank you.

If you want to help or get more information, please contact Cheryl at herbs_native_earth@yahoo.com

Hunters’ bear ID training required

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds all black bear hunters of the responsibility to avoid mistakenly shooting a grizzly bear during the state’s upcoming spring black bear hunt. Montana’s spring black bear hunting season begins April 15.

Before first-time bear hunters can purchase a black bear hunting license, they must be certified by successfully completing FWP’s bear identification training. FWP offers a bear identification training course on its website under the Education tab at fwp.mt.gov. Under “Hunter Education,” choose “Bear Identification Program“. Continue reading