The Flathead National Forest, in coordination 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 include reviewing the existing Flathead River Wild and Scenic River Recreation Management Direction and River Management Plan. On Wednesday, September 19, a public listening and learning session will focus on monitoring, management, and concerns related to the geologic and botanical resources as part of the efforts to develop the CRMP. The meeting will be held at the Hungry Horse Ranger District conference room in Hungry Horse, Montana.
An introductory presentation on the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act for those new to the CRMP process will begin at 5:45pm. The main meeting will be from 6 pm to 8 pm and will include presentations on current geologic, mineral, and botanical information and some facilitated discussion on how these resources will be addressed in the CRMP. At this meeting we will have presenters representing the Forest Service and National Park Service.
The 3-Forks of the Flathead was designated a Wild and Scenic River in 1976 and is a component of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. 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.
Resource-focused public listening and learning sessions began in May and will continue through October.
Future meeting topics, links to past meeting materials, and the meeting schedule are posted on the Flathead National Forest website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/flathead/home/?cid=fseprd573051&width=full