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Black-Footed Ferret Recovery

The Forest Service will host a presentation on the black-footed ferret on April 17 at the Madison Ranger District in Ennis.

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Earth Day early action

In advance of Earth Day, Carroll College hosts an evening devoted to Montana climate science and local public action, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in the Simperman/Wiegand Amphitheatre 101/202, Carroll College Campus.

Professor Cathy Whitlock, lead author of The Montana Climate Assessment, will talk about this first-of-its-kind study, which describes past and future climate trends affecting different sectors of the Montana economy.

Theology Professor Eric Meyer and City Commissioner Rob Farris-Olsen will give remarks, with all three speakers closing with a Q&A panel.

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Citizens Climate Lobby to meet

On Tuesday, April 17, CCL Helena will meet from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at St Paul's United Methodist Church, 512 Logan St. CCL works to promote bipartisan support for carbon fee and dividend legislation to reflect the true cost of carbon-based energy and promote clean, renewable alternatives, while providing a dividend to citizens. Expect education, discussion and concrete action items.

For more information, contact John at 475-0079 or go to: citizensclimatelobby.org.

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Belt Creek-White Sulphur District to host open house

Members of the public are invited to the Belt Creek-White Sulphur Springs Ranger District’s All Projects Open House in White Sulphur Springs on Wednesday, April 18, at the Meager County emergency Services Training Center, 102 W. Crawford St., from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Project updates will be available on Vegetation Treatment Projects including: Moose Creek, Showdown, Castles, Kings Hill Campground, Upper Sheep Creek Timber Sale, Three Cabins Timber Sale and Horsefly Vegetation Project. District and forest staff can discuss upcoming planned prescribed burn projects, trails activities, food storage order and noxious weed spraying slated for this field season.

Additionally, information will be available on a proposed road decommissioning and a potential vegetation project in the Spring Creek area of the southern Little Belt Mountains.

For more information, contact the Belt Creek White Sulphur Springs Ranger.

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Fish and Wildlife Commission to meet

The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet Thursday, April 19, at FWP Headquarters, 1420 E. Sixth Ave.

The agenda includes final decisions on the Chronic Wasting Disease Management Plan, the Statewide Forest Management Plan, all regulatory migratory bird regulations, aquatic invasive species watercraft inspection site leases and a fishing access site acquisition on the Beaverhead River at Selway Bridge.

The Commission meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. and will be streamed live via video to all FWP regional offices. The meeting will also be audio streamed online at fwp.mt.gov.

For the full agenda and background on the scheduled topics, go to the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov; under “Quick Links” click “Commission.”

FWP's website offers live streamed audio of each F&W commission meeting. The public can also view a live television feed of the meeting at FWP regional offices. 

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My First Dog Workshop upcoming

How can you make good decisions about adding a dog or puppy to your family if you have questions but don't know who to ask? Get your questions answered and meet local experts, trainers, breeders and more at the My First Dog Workshop on Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to noon. The workshop will be in the kennel club building at the Lewis and Clark Fairgrounds (blue and white building north of the duck pond). The workshop is designed to provide the information you need to make sure you will be able to find a healthy animal matching your lifestyle and activity level.

Each participant will be available for Q&A and many will bring their dogs. There will also be live demonstrations of obedience training, dog show judging, and the world of agility competition. Please note: participants' dogs will be the only dogs allowed in the building during the workshop.

Light refreshments will be available. For more information, contact Alice Elliott, 495-0283, or visit: helenamontanakennelclub.org. This event is free.

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Blackfoot River Ducks Unlimited banquet April 21

The Blackfoot River Ducks Unlimited Annual Banquet will be held at the Lincoln Community Hall, 404 Main St., in Lincoln on Saturday, April 21, beginning at 5 p.m.

This year's family-friendly event includes an array of live and silent auction items, games, raffles and chances to win guns. Attending the event helps Ducks Unlimited conserve wetlands and upland habitat critical to waterfowl and more than 900 other wildlife species. Most of Montana's refuges, waterfowl protection areas, and wildlife management areas have had help from DU projects. 

Seating is limited. Call Renee or Ernie at 406-362-4072, email erlundberg@linctel.net, or visit http://www.ducks.org/montana/events/51893/blackfoot-river-(lincoln)-ducks-unlimited-banquet for more information or to buy tickets. Reserve tickets by April 13 to be entered in our Early Bird Gun Drawing. Dinner tickets are $55 single and $75 couple, and include a meal and a one-year membership to Ducks Unlimited. 

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Certified boater training now available online

Certified boater training for Tiber and Canyon Ferry Reservoirs can now be done online at cleandraindrymt.com.

Watercraft owners who primarily recreate on either Tiber or Canyon Ferry reservoirs can received the Certified Boater designation. The online training course provides participants with information about the invasive mussel threat; how to appropriately clean, drain and dry watercraft; and why it’s important for everyone to take responsibility in protecting Montana’s waterbodies.

Certified Boaters are expected to do a self-inspection every time they exit the waterbody to make sure their boat is clean, drained and dry. Certified Boaters sign an agreement pledging to go through decontamination before leaving their designated waterbody to launch in another waterbody.

The Certified Boater program is open to Montana residents who live east of the Continental Divide and who boat primarily on Canyon Ferry or Tiber Reservoir. 

Starting April 23, watercraft owners unable to access the online Certified Boater training can visit a Fish, Wildlife & Parks office to complete the training in person.

For more information on invasive mussels, maps of inspection and decontamination stations, and the Certified Boater training, visit cleandraindrymt.com or call 444-2440

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FS hosts presentation on black-footed ferret

Join Kristy Bly, a conservation biologist with the World Wildlife Fund, to hear her presentation “Averting Extinction: Black-Footed Ferret Recovery in the North American Great Plains.” The presentation will be held Tuesday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to noon and will discuss the black-footed ferret, and its recovery efforts and goals for delisting. The program will also include subjects on rescue efforts, non-native diseases and funding.

All are welcome to attend this presentation at the Madison Ranger District office located at 5 Forest Service Road in Ennis to hear about this project.

For more information call 406-682-4253.

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Temporary road closure in effect

The Townsend Ranger District has issued a temporary road closure for resource protection, during the ongoing wet weather (aka: spring break-up).

The closure, which will be implemented immediately, prohibits any type of vehicle use on Forest Service Road #4178-Holloway/South Baldy (T7N, R4E Section 8) from its junction with Forest Service Road #423-N1 (North Fork of Cabin Gulch) to its terminus.

This closure is effective immediately and will remain in effect until May 15, 2018 or until recinded. If you have any questions regarding this closure, contact the Townsend Ranger District office at 266-3425.

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