Those of you in attendance at Wednesday’s Interlocal Meeting learned of a new research presence in the North Fork, the Flathead Lake Biological Station. Dr. Rachel Malison is researching river and aquifer stonefly populations in the gravel beds of the river and floodplains. You will notice pvc test wells at spots along the river and in some locations on floodplains a bit farther from the river.
Bull trout are a threatened species. JOEL SARTORE/ NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC & WADE FREDENBERG/ USFWS / USFWS
Montana Public Radio has an article that begins…
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act Thursday that it says will streamline efforts to protect species and habitat. Critics say the changes would severely erode the law.
The changes are meant to clarify existing language and points of confusion in the Endangered Species Act, Interior Department Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt told reporters on a press call.
A 30-acre fire north of Libby along Montana Highway 37. Photo Courtesy of Roby Bowe.
And so the Montana fires begin. The Flathead Beacon has an article that begins…
Firefighters in Lincoln County are aggressively attacking a wildfire north of Libby along Montana Highway 37, not far from the former W.R. Grace & Co. vermiculite mine.
The fire had burned at least 30 acres as of Thursday evening, according to the Kootenai National Forest. Sheriff Roby Bowe said no structures are threatened at this time and no evacuations orders have been issued.
Steve Primm’s Montana Journal has a post that begins… In my last column—Encounter With Grizzly—Part 1: The Shooting—we discussed in general terms the need to be adequately prepared to venture into grizzly country. That piece was prompted by a deadly grizzly-human encounter in Wyoming’s Wind River Mountains that left a mother grizzly dead and her orphaned cubs-of-the-year likely doomed.
Here is a message from Janet Leigh… The next Community Float will be Thursday, the 26th of July, from Ford to Polebridge. Meet at Polebridge at 10:00 to shuttle.
The next float, scheduled for August 9 will be cancelled due to both Dick & Kevin having a fire suppression class. If anyone would like to take over for that week, contact Janet!
The Flathead National Forest, in coordination and partnership with Glacier National Park, has begun the process to prepare a Comprehensive River Management Plan (CRMP) for the 3-Forks of the Flathead River. Project activities will include reviewing the existing Flathead River Wild and Scenic River Recreation Management Direction and River Management Plan.
The river and surrounding lands offer recreational opportunities and access to outstanding resources for a variety of public lands users. The CRMP will address the current status of these resources, outline goals and desired conditions, determine user capacities, and create a monitoring strategy and plan to carry forward. The public is encouraged to contribute to this planning effort that will secure the outstanding remarkable values of the 3-Forks of the Flathead River for future generations. The planning team is interested in diverse stakeholder input as we develop the CRMP.
A series of resource-focused public meetings are being held beginning with the first meeting in May. Our upcoming meeting on Wednesday, July 25, will focus on ethnographic and historical resources monitoring, management, and concerns as part of the efforts to develop the CRMP. The meeting will be held at the Forest Supervisor’s Office at 650 Wolfpack Way in Kalispell. The main meeting will be from 6 pm to 8 pm and will include presentations on current ethnographic and historical information and some facilitated discussion on how ethnographic and historical resources will be addressed in the CRMP. An introductory presentation on the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act for those new to the CRMP process will begin at 5:45pm. Future meeting topics, links to past meeting materials, and the meeting schedule are posted on the CRMP website. Continue reading →