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 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...

 

Take the opportunity to tent it

I know how you're feeling...Spring is here! Mountain Bluebirds have returned. Robins are prominently flying around town. A few early-season bugs splattered on my windshield on a recent drive. The...

 

Ridge-top to ridge-top conservation through education

Over the last few months, watershed students young and old experienced a variety of Blackfoot Challenge program work first-hand. In the following paragraphs we'll guide you through their journey, each...

 
 By Tom Browder    Opinion    March 28, 2019

Double Arrow Ranch - Common areas and a possible trade with Missoula County

One attraction to the many homeowners who have purchased lots on the Double Arrow Ranch is the extent and variety of the common areas. These are lands owned by DARLOA, the homeowners association, and are available to all residents for their...

 

Seeley Lake wood stoves and winter air quality

SEELEY LAKE - Recent cold snaps have been instructive about the role weather plays in Seeley Lake's winter air quality. Since the wood stove change out program of 2012-2014, Seeley Lake winter air...

 
 By Erin Hendel    Opinion    March 14, 2019

Montana's vital conservation fund reauthorized

In late February, the U.S. House of Representatives moved to save the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), approving a sweeping package of public lands bills that includes a measure to permanently reauthorize the program for the first time in...

 

ROCKS is building Hill-16 Trails

SEELEY LAKE - Seeley Lake ROCKS is thrilled to be building non-motorized, multi-use recreation trails near Placid Lake State Park in the Hill-16 recreation area. We cleared more than two miles of old...

 

Changes to look for in the 2019 Real Estate Market – What you need to know

We've been experiencing an active residential market in Seeley Lake this winter with five homes currently under contract. Not bad for the dead of winter in Seeley Lake! Experts agree that the market...

 

Securing a native trout stronghold in the North Fork Blackfoot River

The North Fork Blackfoot River is one of the most important spawning and rearing streams for migratory bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout in the Blackfoot River watershed. Private landowners,...

 

The cost of caregiving

Your chances of stepping into the role as "caregiver" for a family member, are greater than you might think. According to the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, it is estimated that over 44...

 

Pockets of Wild

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...

 
 By Loren Rose    Opinion    January 17, 2019

Maintaining healthy forests and clean water is a logging requirement

All of us see logging trucks going through town, know folks working in the woods and see active logging around Seeley Lake. Reactions to active or recent logging are varied, depending on the experiences of the person reacting and the prescription bei...

 

Looking back at 2018 and the battle against AIS

Let's take a look at what happened across Montana in 2018 in the battle against Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS). More than 100,000 watercraft were inspected at 35 watercraft inspection stations across...

 
 By Matt Hart    Opinion    January 3, 2019

Protecting a bridge to the Bitterroots

When a federal judge returned grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone area to the threatened species list in September, he cited the bears' fragmented range in the lower 48 states as one of his...

 

Snowshoe trip at 40 below zero

Beginning in 1933, the Forest Service began an intensive winter game study in the South Fork of the Flathead to determine the number of big game, forage use, snow depth, temperature, migrations, etc....

 

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