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 By Karen Laitala    Opinion    August 17, 2017 

Managing Weeds After Wildfires

The effects of wildfires on plants will vary, depending upon fire intensity and specific plant characteristics. Many plant species will survive and reinitiate growth soon after a fire. However, the ability of desirable plants to reestablish, reseed...

 
 By Matt Hart    Opinion    August 10, 2017

Vital Ground, Nature Conservancy Team Up on North Fork Flathead Easement

A property that helped turn Montana's North Fork Flathead River Valley into a conservation stronghold is changing hands but remaining wild. The Vital Ground Foundation has teamed up with The Nature Co...

 
 By Rich Nelson    Opinion    August 3, 2017

The Thomas Hagerty Homestead

Like many privately owned properties throughout Montana, the Thomas Hagerty homestead came into private ownership thanks to the Federal government which first surveyed the land, and later opened it...

 

Restoration of Fire-adapted Ecosystems - "The Era of Mega-Fires"

In the past decade, we have made significant progress in making the Seeley/Swan more resilient to the effects of wildfire. This has been accomplished by conducting fuel reduction treatments on...

 

Seeley Lake Home Sales Down Due to Lack of Inventory

REAL ESTATE TODAY What a difference a few years and even a few months make in real estate. In January, we talked about the fact that land sales would increase in 2017 due to lack of home inventory....

 
 By Kelly Moore    Opinion    July 13, 2017

If You Can...Do It!

Food preservation opportunities abound! Most of us are willing to undergo the challenges of Montana's most frigid, snowy winter months just so that we may experience the pure joy of a productive...

 
 By Mark Ruby    Opinion    July 6, 2017

Public Input is Important to USFS Land Management

The US Forest Service is an agency that uses teams of resource specialists to plan and implement management actions on the nation’s national forest lands. This planning and implementation relies heavily on public involvement at all stages. Without...

 

Carrying Capacity ~ Wildlife and Humans

I didn’t write this as an expert on land management and wildlife issues, or as a representative of any organization. I did write it as someone with strong concerns about where society as it relates to those issues is headed, and as an area...

 
 By Dan Rogers    Opinion    June 22, 2017

Montana's Unwelcome Visitor

With the recent discovery of aquatic invasive species (AIS) larvae in Montana’s waters, the pressure is on to protect this pristine resource which is so vital to recreation, tourism and the overall economy of our state. Last fall, AIS were...

 
 By Debra Silk    Opinion    June 15, 2017

Collaboration – A Key Ingredient for Success!!

The Double Arrow Ranch Land Owners Association (DARLOA) and the residents of Double Arrow Ranch (DAR) are committed to ensuring that the community of Seeley Lake—by any measure, a breathtaking piece of paradise where we live, recreate, create...

 

The Nature Fix

Have you ever wondered why you feel so great after a swim in Rainey Lake, a walk to Morrell Falls or a bike ride around Seeley Lake? Is it the refreshing exercise? Is it the awe-inspiring scenery? Could it be the wonderful smells? Florence Williams,...

 
 By Chris Bryant    Opinion    June 1, 2017

Revive and Thrive with TNC

The Nature Conservancy (TNC), along with our partners at the Blackfoot Challenge and Five Valleys Land Trust, invite members of the community to celebrate restoration and land protection with our...

 

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...

 

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