Articles written by Brett Zarling

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  • When it's springtime in the Rockies

    Brett Zarling, Recreation Ranger Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks|Mar 30, 2023

    As I began to ponder what to write about, almost immediately my mind drifted toward springtime. Soon after, the song title “When It’s Springtime in the Rockies” by Gene Autry filled my mind. Most reading this article are probably too young to remember that song, including myself. So why would a song from 1937 come to my mind? My father often told me of his grandfather who was a cheesemaker in Wisconsin He would regularly sing this song while making cheese in his small cheese factory. I never met my great grandfather, but I enjoy imagi... Full story

  • Caring for our natural resources

    Ranger Brett Zarling, Montana State Parks|Sep 26, 2019

    With summer’s end drawing near and fall weather rolling in it is a good time to reflect on this past season. A quick reminder however that Placid Lake State Park and the Salmon Lake State Park day use area are still open and will remain open until the end of November (weather permitting). There is still plenty of time to get in some camping, fishing, boating and kayaking. For the most part, both Montana residents and non-residents treat our local state parks with great respect and for that we are very grateful. We do have a variety of minor i...