Author Archives: NFNews Editor

About NFNews Editor

Patti Hart is the editor-in-chief and founder of the Patti lives on the North Fork during the summers and travels the world for the rest of the year, updating NFNews every day wherever there is an internet connection.

National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy September Newsletter

By | September 19, 2017

Molly Shepherd, co-chair of the NFLA’s Fire Mitigation Committee, has posted a link to the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy September Newsletter onto the NFLA website. This newsletter begins… This has been a particularly tough season for stakeholders in the West. Cohesive Strategy’s Western Region and its partners are leading the charge to facilitate identification and implementation… Read More »

Disease at the Door

By | September 19, 2017

FWP’s Montana Outdoors magazine has a story that begins… One day soon, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks veterinarian Jennifer Ramsey will receive the email she’s long dreaded: Colorado State University technicians will have found chronic wasting disease in one or more of the deer tissue samples she sent them. That message will change the future, both for… Read More »

Rain Helps Firefighters Across the State – Fire restrictions remain in effect across region

By | September 19, 2017

The Daily Inter Lake reports that scatterings of rain across the greater Flathead Valley this week, officials say, are the first steps toward the end of this year’s fire season. According to Ali Ulwelling, a Department of Natural Resources and Conservation fire prevention specialist, Stage II Fire Restrictions will remain in place until fire officials can… Read More »

Magnificent Many Glacier

By | September 19, 2017

The Flathead Beacon reports that in the spring of 2000, Interior Secretary Bob Babbit was speaking before a House appropriations subcommittee about the National Park Service’s maintenance backlog when he made an off-script comment about Glacier National Park’s rundown Many Glacier Hotel. Babbit said the 84-year-old hotel on Swiftcurrent Lake had deteriorated so much that the… Read More »

Moving Meat

By | September 18, 2017

FWP’s Montana OutDoors magazine has an article that begins… Elk have an infuriating habit of hiding out in inconvenient places: distant ridgetops, black timber, inaccessible holes full of deadfall. So after you’ve accomplished the impeccable sneak and squeezed off the perfect shot, you’re faced with moving a mountain of meat across inhospitable terrain back to the truck, which… Read More »

Survey: Fishing, Wildlife-Watching Participation Up Across the U.S., Hunting Numbers Down

By | September 17, 2017

The Flathead Beacon reports that Americans have more options than ever before when it comes to exploring and experiencing wild places and wildlife. National parks across the country have attracted record crowds in recent years, and the ever-evolving opportunities of outdoor recreation, from mountain biking to paddleboarding, are expanding beyond the traditional norms, such as hunting… Read More »

Montana Wildfires: Rain and Snow Help But Won’t End Season

By | September 17, 2017

The Flathead Beacon reports that rain snow and cold have replaced heat and smoke after about two dry months on Montana’s fire lines, leaving crews scrambling for extra sleeping bags, heaters, coats and long underwear. While the change in weather is welcome, it brings its own challenges for crews fighting dozens of fires in drought-stricken Montana.… Read More »