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Aquatic Invasive Species and Montana's Loons

Montana's Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) are plants or animals that are non-native to Montana ecosystems, meaning they do not have natural diseases or predators to keep them in check. If introduced,...

 
 By Bridget Laird    Opinion    May 18, 2017

SLE Spring and Summer Outdoor Education Program

SEELEY LAKE - I love my job! As the Outdoor Education Program Coordinator at Seeley Lake Elementary (SLE), I get to work with kids of all ages and develop programs for them that require reaching out...

 
 By Rachel Feigley    Opinion    May 11, 2017

Seeley Lake Ranger District Update

SEELEY LAKE - Happy spring! Thanks to the Pathfinder for allowing me this opportunity to provide an update on what’s happening on the Seeley Lake Ranger District. I want to provide what I hope is valuable information as you plan your summer...

 
 By Jed Little    Opinion    May 4, 2017

Utility Cycling: Tracking our Roadside Weed Infestations from a Bike Saddle

The 2017 Montana State Legislative session generated a lot of coverage from both local and national media on bicycles using our state roadways. Much of this press shone a negative spotlight on our state: HB-267, the Safe Passing Bill, which would...

 

New Campsites for New Users Coming to Placid and Salmon Lake State Parks

SEELEY LAKE - New for Placid and Salmon Lake State Parks are campsites designed for a growing number of users, hike and bike campsites. Montana Department of Commerce provided construction funding to...

 

Updates from the Challenge: Weeds, Water and Swans

by Elaine Caton (Swan Program Coordinator), Karen Laitala (Weed Coordinator), Zoe Leake (Intern), Sara Schmidt (Outreach Coordinator) and Jennifer Schoonen (Water Steward) Staying On Top of Invasives...

 

The Spring Real Estate Market Has Sprung...

SEELEY LAKE - And the Seeley Lake real estate market is heating up! You would think the snow and extreme cold of this past winter would cool the real estate market off but not so far this spring! There has been a steady stream of buyers for months....

 

Inspect Before Launch

It's hard to find anyone who is unaware of the invasive mussel problem in Montana. The positive finding of invasive mussels in Tiber Reservoir is resulting in significant effects on recreational...

 

Celebrating 30 Years of Restoration in the Blackfoot Watershed

This year marks Big Blackfoot Chapter of Trout Unlimited's (BBCTU) 30th Anniversary. It's hard to believe it was back in 1987 when BBCTU held their first meeting initiated by a group of thoughtful...

 

The Challenges of a Long Winter

As the seemingly endless winter snows begin to turn to rain and our valley snowmelt begins to fill our streams and wetlands, it finally appears that spring is here. A winter like this one is an...

 
 By Matt Hart    Opinion    March 9, 2017

Long-Term Vision: Connecting Vital Ground for Grizzlies

Connectivity-it's a hot buzzword when it comes to wildlife. But what does it really mean? At The Vital Ground Foundation, connectivity shapes our organizational vision. A dozen years ago, when the...

 

Are You Ready for Fire Season?

Open burning is officially underway for the 2017 spring season. It's important for you to know the local burning seasons and what you can burn. With the exception of small cooking or recreational...

 

Winters Were Long and Often Bitterly Cold

 Alvin Eugene “Gene” Miller “made his appearance into the world” in 1936 during an, “… early November blizzard that blew into the Flathead Valley.” His parents were Joe Miller and Mabel Kauffman Miller. “In the spring of 1939...

 

Seeley Lake Air Quality Update

SEELEY LAKE - The 2016-2017 winter has been a cold snowy affair for western Montana. Because of the colder-than-usual temperatures, people are burning more wood to heat their homes and the...

 

Water Quality in the Swan Valley – It Takes Work!

As residents of the Swan Valley, most of us agree there is one thing we all value in our landscape, water. Most people living here draw their drinking water from wells, which people brag about being...

 

Nudging Kids Outdoors

As a mother of four kids myself, I've been guilty of the common complaint that "kids these days" just don't play outside or have opportunities to explore and figure things out on their own like we...

 

Lack of Homes For Sale in the Local Market will Cause a Land Run

REAL ESTATE TODAY The past year has seen real estate sales in the Seeley, Swan and Blackfoot valleys on a run with dramatic increases in both land and home sales. Although the number of both homes...

 

Improving Your Financial Health in the New Year

New Year's resolutions are typically made with great deliberation and conviction - especially after devouring that second piece of Aunt Betty's famous double chocolate fudge cake Jan. 1 at 10 p.m. In...

 

Former Olympian Comes out of Retirement to Race in Seeley Lake

Seeley Lake Regional Outdoor Center for Kinetic Sports [ROCKS] is pleased to announce that John Morton, Hall of Fame Olympic Biathlete, will participate in the Peter Hale Memorial Race to be held Satu...

 

Clearwater-Blackfoot Project: Two Years of Stewardship

As snow finally blankets the valley, the quiet and cold gives us time to reflect on the last year. 2016 has been an incredibly busy year for The Nature Conservancy in Montana, including for those of us who work on the Clearwater-Blackfoot Project....

 

Seeley Lake Ranger District Update and News! 

As District Ranger for the Seeley Lake Ranger District, I’ve been sharing with you, through the Pathfinder, some of the details of the project work that the Seeley Lake Ranger District (RD) is involved with and what that provides to the community...

 
 By Dan Rogers    Opinion    December 1, 2016

Striking a Balance Between Technology And Security

With the holiday season upon us, there is no better time for a discussion of cyber security. According to the National Retail Federation, consumers are forecasted to increase online spending by seven to 10 percent, or as much as $117 billion for the...

 

Trumpeter Swans, Irrigation Science, a Community Forest and One Big Party

Thanksgiving greetings from your partners at the Blackfoot Challenge. Please read on for a few updates on what we've been up to. We hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. Trumpeter...

 

Seeley Lake Real Estate Market Update, November 2016

SEELEY LAKE - There are still lots of challenges nationally for the housing market. However, 2016 is shaping up to be one of the best years for housing in a decade and the SEELEY LAKE real estate market is no exception. It’s been the “Perfect...

 

Water Suite

I recently attended the 2016 Watershed Symposium in Billings. The theme of the program was Improving Conservation through Partnership. In many cases, partnerships were between local non-profit...

 

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