Thanks for the Help with the Fence Removal at the Hall

By | August 21, 2019

Here’s a note from Irv Heitz…

Could you please post my thanks to those who showed up to finish the fence removal at the Hall yesterday morning?

Bill Walker, Jan Caldwell, Steve Kelly and his brother-in-law, Jim Rogers, Jim Rittenburg, and Paul Marotz, who showed up at 8 to cut off all the rails with his chainsaw before the rest of us even got there.

Done by 11, stacked for the burn pile and looking good!

Think you missed out on a fun event? Check out the North Fork Landowner’s Association website to learn how you can get involved with the North Fork community.

Scoping for the Comprehensive River Management Plan

By | August 17, 2019

Kalispell, MT- August 16, 2019- The Flathead National Forest, in coordination with Glacier National Park, is continuing with the scoping process for the Comprehensive River Management Plan (CRMP) for the Flathead Wild and Scenic River.

The first public meeting was held Tuesday evening August 13th at the Flathead Valley Community College.  Approximately one hundred people attended.  The second meeting will be held Tuesday evening August 20th from 6 pm to 8 pm at the lower level of the Arts and Technology Building at Flathead Valley Community College.   Based on feedback from the first meeting and the desire to have an open public comment section, the format for the August 20th meeting will be slightly different from the first meeting. From 6:00-6:30 pm, there will be presentations to define aspects of Wild and Scenic River management and discuss some elements of the Flathead River Proposed Action.  From 6:30-7:30 pm there will be an open house format with opportunities to informally interact with agency specialists at separate stations for each of the 3 Forks of the Flathead, and from 7:30-8:00 pm there will be an open comment and question period for the public to ask questions and provide input in a group setting.

The proposed action document discusses potential management direction and information on the desired conditions for the Flathead River segments. The public is asked to pay particular attention to how the desired condition statements as well as the proposed monitoring indicators, thresholds and triggers protect and preserve Outstanding Remarkable Value’s for the 3 Forks of the Flathead River system presently and into the future. This is the foundation of the CRMP and will inform management actions and inform how the user capacity process will be done. Comments on the proposed action are important because they will be used to inform our environmental analysis and development the draft CRMP.

More information on the 3 Forks of the Flathead Wild & Scenic River Comprehensive River Management Plan can be found at:

The proposed action can also be accessed at the Flathead National Forest NEPA page (Flathead Comprehensive River Management Plan):

Hard copies of the proposed action document are also available for review at the Hungry Horse-Glacier View Ranger Station (10 Hungry Horse Drive, Hungry Horse, MT, 59919) or at the Forest Supervisor’s Office (650 Wolfpack Way, Kalispell, MT 59901).

The public can provide us comments by doing the following:

  • Email comments to: Acceptable formats include MS Word, RTF, or PDF.
  • Fill in an electronic form by going to the same Flathead National Forest NEPA page (see above) and selecting

“Comment/Object on Project” on the right hand side of the screen.

  • Hand-deliver or mail comments to the Hungry Horse-Glacier View Ranger Station in Hungry Horse or the Forest Supervisor’s Office in Kalispell (see above for addresses).

To assure your comments are fully considered during this scoping phase of the project, we request that you submit comments by September 13, 2019. Additional comments are welcome throughout the planning process.

Don’t Be The Spark

By | August 17, 2019

Kalispell, MT – August 16, 2019- Cooperating Interagency Fire Officials across northwest Montana need your help. Fire crews in our interagency zone have been responding to multiple calls of illegal residential debris burns, and we need those firefighters to be ready to respond to possible hold-over fires from lightning strikes of recent storms. Don’t be the spark that ignites a wildfire!

𝗥𝗘𝗠𝗘𝗠𝗕𝗘𝗥: B𝙪𝙧𝙣𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙤𝙛 𝙙𝙚𝙗𝙧𝙞𝙨 𝙞𝙨 𝙋𝙍𝙊𝙃𝙄𝘽𝙄𝙏𝙀𝘿 𝙞𝙣 𝙁𝙡𝙖𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙖𝙙 𝘾𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙩𝙮 𝙞𝙣 𝙅𝙪𝙡𝙮, 𝘼𝙪𝙜𝙪𝙨𝙩, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙎𝙚𝙥𝙩𝙚𝙢𝙗𝙚𝙧. You may still have recreational campfires (defined as 3 x 3 x 3), but as always, be cautious and use the Drown, Stir, and Feel method to be sure your campfire is dead out!


► Campfires need to be DEAD OUT
► Don’t drag trailer chains
► Dispose of cigarette ash and butts appropriately
► Practice fire-safe target shooting. Remember, exploding targets are prohibited on public land
► Don’t park on dry grass

If you are visiting Glacier National Park please note that campfires are only allowed in designated sites and target shooting is prohibited.

Montana Open Burning Information Cheat Sheet:…/…/OpenBurn/MontanaOpenBurningPeriods.pdf

Flathead County Burn Restrictions:…/burn-restrictions

Interagency Fire Officials will continue to monitor conditions. For more information, contact your fire protection agency.

NFLA By-Law Vote and Election of Board of Directors

By | August 17, 2019

Big news from last Sunday’s North Fork Landowners Association’s (NFLA) Business Meeting. First, the vote was overwhelmingly for business meetings to remain on the second Sunday of each month.  No by-law change.  And here is your new Board of Directors…

President – Bill Walker
VP – Steve Kelly
Secretary – Karina Pettey
Treasurer – Chris Heitz
South Directors – Kevin Ulrichsen and Jim Rittenberg
North Directors – Lynn Ogle and Irv Heitz

Many thanks to Larry Wilson, Dawn Jacobson, and Rachel Peura for their service on the Board of Directors for the last two years!

Joining the NFLA is a great way to get to know your neighbors, make new friends, learn important information related to the North Fork, and just have fun. For more information and learn how to join, check out their website at

National Park Service Releases Howe Ridge Fire Video Documenting First 36 Hours

By | August 12, 2019

National Park Service Releases Howe Ridge Fire Video Documenting First 36 Hours – Intermountain Regional Office (U.S. National Park Service)

News Release Date: August 1, 2019 Contact: Vanessa Lacayo, (303) 969-2062 Lakewood, CO – Today, the National Park Service (NPS) released a video documenting the first 36 hours of the Howe Ridge Fire, which took place at Glacier National Park. The fire destroyed private homes and publicly-owned historic structures on August 12, 2018.

Wernick’s Wednesday Market

By | August 12, 2019

Time is speeding by, and here it is another Wednesday Market. Guess that is even more reason to come on down to the bubbling fountain at Wernicks, and take time to appreciate the lush beauty!

Jerry and Linda will have apricots and some raspberries, salad greens, spinach, chard, kale, cucumbers, some peas in their pods, a few beans, and squash. If the downpour shredded your geraniums, they have healthy geranium plants to replace them.

Curtis will be there, and it sounds like he may miss the next market, so be sure to check out his surprise.

Wednesday, August 14th at NOON, head down East Red Meadow and take a right at the Tamarack Springs arch – we’ll be looking for you! Chris Heitz


By | August 11, 2019
Joint News Release
Fire Information Contacts:
Flathead National Forest
Meghan Mulholland 406-758-5252
MT Dept. of Natural Resources & Conservation
Ali Ulwelling 406-751-2246
Glacier National Park
Lauren Alley 406-888-5838
Flathead County Office of Emergency Services
Juanita Nelson 406-249-6913
Kalispell, MT – August 6, 2019- Cooperating Interagency Fire Officials across northwest Montana raised the Fire Danger Level from “High” to “Very High”. When fire danger is “Very High,” fires can start easily from most causes. They can spread rapidly, grow quickly, and increase in intensity immediately after ignition. The increase in fire behavior can produce long-distance spotting, fire-whirls, often making fires difficult to control.
Since July 1 there have been a total of 33 reported wildfires in the area, with over half being human-caused. A few fire prevention tips include:
  • When recreating, please stay on designated roads and never park on dry brush or grass, as exhaust pipes and vehicle undercarriages can be very hot and easily start a wildfire.
  • Check spark arrestors on off-road vehicles, chain saws, and other equipment with internal-combustion engines to ensure they are in working order.
  • Never leaving a campfire unattended. Use water and a tool to mix and stir until your fire is out and cold to the touch.
  • Adjust trailer chains so that they are not dragging. Dragging chains throw sparks into roadside vegetation and ignite quickly moving grass fires.
Interagency Fire Officials will continue to monitor conditions and look closely at the number of human-caused fire starts to determine if fire restrictions should be implemented in the northwest Montana area. For more information, contact your fire protection agency.