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How grizzly bears' digging shapes mountain meadows

We climbed up Napa Point, approaching the tree line as the forest thinned, a few ambitious Doug firs and whitebark pines clinging onto the ridgeline. I was surprised to see a heavy layer of snow in...

 
 By Rob Rich    Opinion    October 31, 2019

Living up to our name in the Swan Valley

A wetland in a valley with a swan swimming by would have looked pretty enticing for a westward settler on the heels of Lewis and Clark, and not just because it was beautiful scene. The habitat's...

 

MEC celebrates National Cooperative Month

When we think of October, trick or treating, pumpkins and fall foliage come to mind. But at Missoula Electric Cooperative (MEC) and fellow cooperatives across the country, October is notable for...

 

Ninety-mile migrations and a new road

Native westslope cutthroat and bull trout come to the Copper Creek tributary of the Blackfoot River for the cold, clean water. Copper Creek is especially attractive to spawning trout because...

 

2019 fire season transitions to prescribed burning

The 2019 fire season has come to a close. There were 142 wildfires suppressed in west central Montana. In our communities, 2019 will be remembered as a welcome respite from wildfire smoke. Wildfire co...

 

Landlord and tenant rights and responsibilities*

Most of us have or will rent a residence at some point in our lives. It can be overwhelming dealing with finances, paperwork, documents, understanding your rights and what’s expected as a tenant. It’s just as important to know about your landlord...

 

Buried treasure: Fall planted bulbs are spring garden gems

As the season tapers into fall this month, we wrap up another beautiful Montana summer. While our gardens may be getting ready for their winter's rest, a little planning ahead this time of year can...

 

Blackfoot Challenge welcomes Seth Wilson as Executive Director

OVANDO - The Blackfoot Challenge is pleased to announce the hiring of Seth Wilson as Executive Director. Wilson assumed the position full-time on Sept. 3, concluding the organization's eight-month...

 

Beaver colonies: A wonderful home for wildlife

Immersing yourself in a beaver colony is something all outdoorsy people should experience. There are few habitats in Montana that more resemble a jungle than a good beaver colony. Explore one and you...

 
 By Erin Hendel    Opinion    August 22, 2019

A new face in conservation: Intern Tayler Templin

If you've visited Nature Conservancy land in the Seeley-Swan area in the past few months, there's a good chance that you've run into Tayler Templin. An avid camper, hiker, angler and photographer,...

 

How will you live your one wild and precious life?

As I further advance into elder years, I have more appreciation for this poem by Mary Oliver. "The Summer Day" Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper?...

 
 By Tom Browder    Opinion    August 1, 2019

Double Arrow Ranch: Preserving the legacy of the valley

SEELEY LAKE - Those of us who have chosen the Seeley Lake area as a place to visit or live have many reasons: the beauty of our mountains, solitude whenever we desire and neighbors who share our friendship and values. Part of what makes our area...

 
 By Chip Weber    Opinion    July 25, 2019

Risk and recreation on wildlands - Offering a broader perspective

For several years there has been an active dialogue regarding risks associated with recreation in wildlands and concern for the safety of people who choose to do so. Much of this discussion has been...

 
 By Kaley Hensel    Opinion    July 18, 2019

Elderberries: In the wild and in your landscape

This time of year, native elderberries really stand out in Missoula County with their fragrant delicate flowers in full bloom. You might have seen them along roadsides, trails or maybe in your own...

 
 By Karen Laitala    Opinion    July 11, 2019

New invasive grass invades Montana

Noxious weeds have destructive impacts on Montana's landscape including displacing native plant species, increasing soil erosion and decreasing wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities....

 
 By Steve Lamar    Opinion    July 4, 2019

Bob Marshall's epic trip of 1928: The final two days

A legendary advocate for wild country, 27-year-old Bob Marshall hiked an astounding 288 miles in eight days during the summer of 1928. Much of his arduous backcountry trip took place in the...

 

Requests from the Chief's desk

As summer is approaching the seasonal population influx around Seeley Lake begins. The campgrounds and outdoor activities will become much more active as the community wakes up. This increase in movement begins an increase in our highway traffic....

 

Our corner of the world

In New Delhi, India, the summer air is heavy with humidity while the stifling heat serves to wring every last bit of magic out of a gin and tonic, long on gin, but short-changed with precious ice....

 

The local real estate summer selling season beginning strong

2019 SALES START ON PACE WITH 2018 RECORD YEAR The market continues to be strong and very consistent in sales and upward value trends in Seeley Lake and Condon. The local market is maintaining a great...

 
 By Matt Hart    Opinion    May 30, 2019

Keeping bears and people safe

Each spring, there's a subset of grizzly bears that act like teenagers cut loose from home for the first time. With mother bears turning their attention to mating or younger cubs, the two- or...

 
 By Donna Love    Opinion    May 23, 2019

Loon migration and Montana's common loons

Prior to John James Audubon's birth in 1785, not much was known about bird migration. Some people believed birds went underground in winter, hibernating like bears. Some thought waterfowl spent the...

 

A branch above the rest

With spring weather teasing us occasionally, I can't help but think what a difference a year makes! Missoula Electric Cooperative's (MEC's) 2019 winter maintenance season, which runs from November to...

 

Ventenata - An annual pain in the grass

A new annual invasive grass is on the horizon, literally. Just down the highway from the town of Seeley Lake, Ventenata dubia is taking hold along our roadways. Though Ventenata is newly arriving in...

 

The importance of collaboration on the North Fork

The North Fork Blackfoot River is an iconic Montana River. Flowing through the heart of the Blackfoot Watershed, the North Fork is a stronghold for native bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout owin...

 

Fire Adapted Community? Everyone's invited!

In recent years, agencies and homeowners alike have raised the question "How can a fire adapted community benefit me?" It's not until we start asking around to other communities in the northwest do...

 

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