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 By Kelsey Lodge    Opinion    November 15, 2018 

The POWER of Solar

Missoula Electric Cooperative's (MEC's) community solar program, "Solarshare," provides members the opportunity to acquire renewable solar energy from cooperative-owned solar arrays. Community solar...

 

FWP biologist authors scientific paper on illegal fish introductions

KALISPELL - A Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks biologist has identified an innovative approach to investigating illegal fish introductions and his research is being published in an international...

 

New opportunity for children and families to get outside

Do it for kids, do it to have fun yourself, do it to build community! ROCKS (Regional Outdoor Center for Kinetic Sports) has always focused on what is best for kids, community and outdoor recreation....

 

Seeley Lake Ranger District update

Autumn is here and the Seeley Lake Ranger District is finalizing summer seasonal fieldwork. The upcoming winter season presents a shift in focus but a steady pace of work continues. This update is meant to keep you informed of what is occurring on...

 

The legacy of Double Arrow Ranch

Double Arrow Ranch is proud to share a name that has a long history in the Seeley Lake area. Once called the Corbett Ranch, the land that makes up today’s residential community was part of a purchase in the late 1920’s by Jan Boissevain and...

 

Moving forward with fire - An updated plan for Missoula County

On May 24, 2018, the Missoula Board of County Commissioners approved an updated version of the 2005 Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). The update was a collaborative effort of Missoula County Office of Emergency Management, Frenchtown Rural F...

 
 By Erin Hendel    Opinion    October 4, 2018

Shared problem solving on The Nature Conservancy land

Thanks to public meetings, growing partnerships and many conversations with local residents and business, The Nature Conservancy has learned a great deal in the four years since acquiring 117,000 acres of land in the Seeley-Swan area. Time and time...

 

Why hiring a local real estate market expert matters

What defines a “Local Market Expert?” A local market expert has extensive knowledge of the properties in their market and is able to explain how current market dynamics are impacting prices. Every community and market is unique and it takes a...

 

All things connect

I didn’t write this as an expert on societal, cultural and political issues or as a representative of any organization. I did write it as someone with strong concerns about where our country as it relates to those issues is headed. A Place for...

 

Beavers: Nature's misunderstood and underappreciated engineers

Each year we receive questions from the public about beavers. Some of those questions come from frustrated landowners wanting to know how to remove beavers that are causing flooding problems along irrigation ditches or at culverts along road...

 

Missoula County Weed District landowner grant programs

Getting a start on managing the vegetation on your property can be challenging and expensive. Missoula County Weed District's Grant Programs were established to help guide landowners through the...

 

Adventure Club wraps up another year of outdoor adventure and place-based learning

The Seeley Lake Elementary Outdoor Program recently wrapped up another fun summer of outdoor adventure and place-based learning. The 10-week long Adventure Club was led by Gus Batchelder, a graduate...

 

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program - A great opportunity to learn

Hello! My name is Bonnie Medlin and I’m a nutrition educator with the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program in Missoula County. EFNEP is a free program designed to reach limited resource families! We have had the privilege of working at See...

 
 By Dave Lane    Opinion    August 9, 2018

A note from the Fire Chief's desk

I would like to take this opportunity to thank this community of Seeley Lake for the warm welcome that my wife and I have received since our arrival. We are enjoying our new home and the many welcoming smiles from literally everybody that we meet!...

 

Invasive mustards: Hoary alyssum, perennial pepperweed and whitetop

While the unusually wet spring was beneficial to native and desirable grasses and wildflowers, many weed species took advantage of the excellent growing conditions as well. Annual mustards with...

 

Celebrating 100 Years of Swan Valley Schools: 1918-2018

SWAN VALLEY - In upper Swan Valley the first schools were built in 1918 when a group of residents petitioned the Missoula County Superintendent of Schools requesting that the district be split at the...

 

Clearwater Chain-of-Lakes: The Only…, The Biggest…, The Last…,

West of the Mississippi…? In Montana…? In the last year, I have heard the phrase Clearwater Chain-of-Lakes many times by local residents. I’d never heard it used prior to last year. The phrase is always followed by some superlative like “the...

 
 By Matt Hart    Opinion    July 12, 2018

Orphan Grizzlies Find New Home in Quebec

MISSOULA – Three grizzly bear cubs orphaned in Montana in June will have a new home. We can only hope they don't mind cold winters and the sound of French. As conservation biologists embarked on an...

 
 By Rob Rich    Opinion    June 28, 2018

Montana's Most Unwanted: A New Monitoring Season Begins for Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS)

Our Wildlife in the West students recently went fishing at Upsata Lake but they didn't want to catch anything, except maybe some plankton, aquatic insects or algae. Motored gently about in a small...

 
 By Dan Rogers    Opinion    June 21, 2018

Challenges Facing Bonneville Power Administration

At Missoula Electric Cooperative (MEC), we often tout the many benefits of purchasing all of our power from Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). However, it is the members of MEC who truly benefit from this relationship and its access to what is ar...

 

Over 600 Miles of Instream Habitat Reconnected in the Blackfoot Watershed for Native Trout

In the spring of the year when rivers are running high and muddy, it might surprise you to learn that's also the time when westslope cutthroat trout start to move upstream-some migrating over 90...

 

AmeriCorps Plugs Into State Park Programs

The peaceful grandeur contrasted against the wild beauty here in the Seeley-Swan Valley is enough to convert a visitor into a full-blown Montanan. Seeing my first elk, identifying the numerous birds that call the valley their home, meeting friendly l...

 
 By Jed Little    Opinion    May 31, 2018

Yellowflag Iris and Purple Loosestrife on the Clearwater River

In 2004 when the Missoula County Weed District initially mapped the infestation of yellowflag iris that had recently been reported to us on the Clearwater River between Salmon Lake and the Blackfoot...

 

Lead Poisoning and Montana's Loons

Lead is cheap with a long tradition of use in fishing tackle. Many western societies have eliminated it in paints, gasoline, solders and in shot for waterfowl hunting. Despite this, lead products...

 

Updates from the Challenge: A Quarter Century of Conservation Innovation

A Note from Charles Having known of the Blackfoot Challenge for more than a decade, and interacted with the group a bit in my time working in the Crown of the Continent, I was excited to be offered...

 

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