From Debo… Weekly dance classes continue at the Hall. Now that the busy holiday social calendar has calmed down a bit, the dance class will be held this week on Friday, December 20 at 6:00. The first hour is for total beginners and the second hour for beyond the basic steps of waltz, two step, and swing. Everyone is invited. Chris and Irv Heitz will be starting the fire to warm the Hall. Dance classes will be on Friday nights (December 20 and December 27) leading up to the New Years Eve Party!
Today Flathead National Forest Glacier View District announced the beginning of a new project in the North Fork.
The project, called Frozen Moose, would address wildland-urban interface fuel loading, diversifies plant and tree communities, provides a mix of forest products for local economies, and improves aquatic ecosystems.
The project proposes commercial timber harvest on 3,552 acres, and noncommercial vegetation treatments including thinning and burning on 4,630 acres. Some roads would be temporarily constructed or reconstructed to provide access to project areas, though public motorized access would not change. Some treatments in the wildland-urban interface would require activity in inventoried roadless area and the Wild and Scenic Flathead River Corridor.
The records show a history of fire starts west of residential development along the North Fork Road that burn to the east. In the past, those fires have threatened and destroyed residences and infrastructure. Fuel reduction proposed in this project would make the area more resilient to wildfire and provide for firefighter access and safety as wildfires do occur.
“We look forward to working with and hearing from local residents in the North Fork area, as well as the broader public as we continue to develop this project,” said Hungry Horse Glacier View District Ranger Rob Davies.
As part of the timber harvest and fuel reduction work, a series of culverts would be upgraded or removed to improve aquatic ecosystems. Culverts must be properly sized and maintained
to allow upstream fish passage, and to prevent floods from washing out roads and causing road sediment to wash into streams. In this project area, Red Meadow, Whale, and Trail Creeks are designated as Critical Habitat for bull trout, which is a Threatened Species under the Endangered Species Act.
In higher elevation areas within recommended wilderness, the Forest proposes burning and other whitebark pine restoration activities. Whitebark pine is a declining species. It is fire adapted, meaning it benefits from area burning to remove competitor tree species, and because bird species like Clark’s nutcracker that typically disperse its seeds prefer more open areas.
The public can find maps, other project information, and instructions for how to provide comment on Flathead National Forest’s website.
From Dawn Olson Jacobson…
Here are some wonderful pictures of our night of Christmas Caroling! Three stops Hart’s, Heitz’s and Irene Brooks. Every stop has yummy treats for everyone. Irene Brooks had a full chili feed and lots of cookies and treats.. Joe Novak had his famous Rum cream pie. We even a surprise visitor from the North Pole stopped to visit the kids.
Here’s a road report from Dawn Jacobson… If you haven’t been out much on Nf road this week you will find it a tad icy.. Tuesday morning, a Caterpillar equipment truck went over the edge a few miles north of Camas. Yesterday a girl went over less than a mile north of Camas. Today someone went off on Angie’s corner ( between a Moose Creek Road and Red Meadow Road) and sheriff and tow trucks have been busy.. Take it slow and easy …
Hello North Fork Dancers!
We had a great time at the first dance class last weekend. We had more than 20 people in attendance!! This is a reminder that the next dance class will be on Sunday, December 8 at 6:00. Invite anyone else who might be interested. If your spouse/partner can’t come, come anyway! John and Zoe volunteered to start the fire early……thanks John and Zoe!
See you on Sunday!
Greetings Forest Stewards
The 2020 Forest Stewardship Workshop registration is now open for workshops in Frenchtown, Bozeman, Columbia Falls, and Clancy (just south of Helena). Please share this information and the attached informational brochure/registration form with your family, friends, and neighbors who might be interested in attending.
For online registration: http://forestry.msuextension.org/calendar.html#mfsp
Save the date:
MSU Extension Forestry hosting, Forestry Mini-College at UM in Missoula, March 14, 2020. Look for more information as the date approaches at http://forestry.msuextension.org/calendar.html#mfsp
Montana Forest Stewardship Foundation hosting, 11th Annual Landowner Conference, May 1, 2020 in Helena followed by an Insect & Disease Workshop on May 2, 2020. Look for more information as the date approaches at https://www.foreststewardshipfoundation.org/events
Have a great Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Cindy Peterson, Associate Forestry Specialist
Forest Stewardship Coordinator
Project Learning Tree Coordinator
The traditional Thanksgiving dinner at the Hall will be hosted by Janet and Dick Leigh this year.
Thanksgiving dinner is a festive event with hundreds of neighbors and family members packed into the Hall. Food is always plentiful as befitting a Thanksgiving feast. Turkey and ham will be provided and everyone else will bring a large dish of their favorite food to share and the beverage of their choice.
The doors open at 3:00 and the feast will begin at 4:00. Everyone is asked to bring their own place settings (plates, utensils, napkins, and glasses) since dish washing is very difficult without running water at the Hall.