The National Park Service may soon get a fresh pot of money to pay for long-overdue maintenance, but it might not make a big dent in the backlog of Montana’s national parks. After passing the U.S. House of Representatives last week, the Great American Outdoors Act is still waiting for President Trump’s signature. Once Trump signs the act, the National Park Service has 90 … [Read more...] about How much will Great American Outdoors Act funding help Montana’s national parks?
Montana’s native trout are threatened by manmade problems, but they may survive longer in the safety of the Scapegoat Wilderness if a project to wipe out invasive trout is approved. On Wednesday night, Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks fisheries biologist Patrick Uthe and retired biologist Pat Clancey highlighted the details of the proposed North Fork Blackfoot River Westslope … [Read more...] about FWP proposes restoration of westslope cutthroat in Scapegoat Wilderness
The National Weather Service on Wednesday issued the first heat advisory of the year for Missoula and western Montana, predicting temperatures will top 97 degrees or more over the next five days. The forecast for some valleys in western Montana could see the mercury rise to 104 degrees while Missoula could hit 100 on Friday for the first time since 2018. “Around Missoula, … [Read more...] about From pandemic to fire: Disaster officials in Missoula brace for 100 degree temps
After wildfire burned two-thirds of a U.S. Forest Service project area, the only thing left to work on is the roads. The Lolo National Forest this week released a decision to start the Center Horse Project, originally a 61,000-acre proposal that abuts the southern boundary of the Scapegoat Wilderness about 14 miles north of Ovando. It includes the North Fork Cottonwood and … [Read more...] about Forest Service to rearrange roads in Rice Ridge burn area
MPG Ranch is one of the few and fortunate organizations that hasn’t had to completely rethink its operation due to COVID-19. The 15,000-acre ecological research and conservation base located in the heart of the Bitterroot Valley is home mostly to black bears, mountain lions, pocket gophers and other creatures that live in blissful ignorance of masks, testing and other … [Read more...] about PBS Nature releases film on western Montana’s wild MPG Ranch