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More rain needed to improve water supply More rain needed to improve water supply

News from NRCS BOZEMAN — Summer is just around the corner, and recent weather helped improve the water supply outlook as the 2024 snow accumulation season wraps up in Montana. However, the outlook remains below normal in most locations. “Last month brought a mix of snow, rain, and sunshine across Montana. While that is not uncommon weather for this time of the year, some locations did not receive the moisture they needed,” said Eric Larson, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Water Supply Specialist. The Kootenai, Lower Clark Fork, Jefferson, and upper Madison only received 80-90% of normal precipitation last month. All other basins received above no...


Cycling for Climate: 1200-mile climate awareness ride begins in Pablo Cycling for Climate: 1200-mile climate awareness ride begins in Pablo

News from Citizens’ Climate Lobby PABLO — This June, climate advocate Bill Barron (from Salt Lake City, Utah) will embark on a 16-day, 1200-mile cycling journey from Pablo, Montana, to Cheyenne, Wyoming. Barron’s mission is clear: to raise awareness about climate change, engage with lo...


FWP discovers non-native aquarium pets in MT waters

News from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks HELENA — It might seem like a good idea at the time, but dumping an aquarium pet into a lake or river is not good for the pet or for the native wildlife. The pet probably won’t survive, and native wildlife won’t know how to compete with the ...


Study of black bear population expands Study of black bear population expands

News from Montana, Fish, Wildlife & Parks HELENA — This month, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks researchers will begin the second season of a multi-year study on black bears aimed at better understanding and estimating the population across the state. FWP staff will collect hair samples b...


Wildlife management areas open May 15

News from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks HELENA — Most of Montana’s 76 Wildlife Management Areas open at noon on Wednesday, May 15. The long winter and heavy snowpack have left a limited area for wildlife to forage. With grizzly bear activity increasing, people visiting WMAs should remai...


Montana FWP reports slight increase in park visits for 2023

News from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks HELENA — The outdoor opportunities at Montana’s state parks are no secret to those who like to recreate. Last year, more than 3.1 million visitors took advantage of the hiking, camping, fishing, swimming, and site-seeing destinations available at ...


FWP seeks volunteers for trail project on Wild Horse Island on Flathead Lake

News from Montana Fish,Wildlife & Parks KALISPELL — Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking volunteers for a trail maintenance project on Wild Horse Island on Flathead Lake in May.  FWP is planning to spend a half-day on the island completing general maintenance of the state park...


News from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

License required for training bird dogs using birds not raised in captivity News from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks HELENA – Anyone training bird dogs using game birds not raised in captivity needs to hold a bird dog training license, whether on private or public land. If you are trainin...


Mission Valley heritage, habitat protected Mission Valley heritage, habitat protected

News from Jennifer Guse, Flathead Land Trust MISSION VALLEY — A 122-acre ranch and wildlife haven in the Mission Valley, once platted for subdivision, has been protected in perpetuity with Flathead Land Trust. John Weaver, distinguished retired conservation biologist and land steward, added this p...


Minds on Mountains conference held at MSU Minds on Mountains conference held at MSU

MSU News Service BOZEMAN — Prominent voices from the mountaineering realm will keynote the second annual Minds on Mountains Conference sponsored by Montana State University’s College of Letters and Science on April 25–26. The event, which is organized by the Mountains Working Group ...


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