Backcountry river volunteers

Backcountry river volunteers remove aging culverts and other debris along the Flathead River corridor. The volunteers are part of the Glacier National Park Volunteer Associates.

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Surplus, wolf, over the counter licenses on sale

Surplus deer B, elk B licenses, and antelope licenses went on sale Aug. 7. Also available will be wolf and over-the-counter licenses listed in the regulations as available Aug. 7.

The surplus licenses will be available on a first come, first served basis.

The total number of Deer B licenses an individual may hold through a combination of drawing, over-the-counter and surplus is seven.

A list of available surplus licenses is available online at


Drawing to be held for hunting camp extensions

The Rocky Mountain Ranger District (RMRD) of the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest will again be accepting applications for 25 hunting camp extensions in the Beaver-Willow road closure area. To be eligible, applications need to be submitted to the Rocky Mountain Ranger District between Sept. 1-15.

Application packets must be requested through or picked up at the RMRD-Choteau office. The office does not keep a mailing list of previous years’ applicants, therefore the only way for interested individuals to receive an application packet for this year’s drawing is to request that it be sent to them, or pick up a packet at the office.

Applicants will be selected for the extensions using an anonymous lottery-style drawing process until all 25 camps are authorized. Applications must be received (not postmarked) by the RMRD-Choteau office by close of business (4:30 p.m.) Sept. 15 to be entered into the anonymous drawing. Applicants will be notified of the results of the drawing no later than Sept. 22.

Applicants will be required to pay a a permit/monitoring fee of $163, and a non-refundable cost recovery fee of $61. The permit/monitoring fee will be returned to applicants who were not selected.

For more information, contact the RMRD-Choteau office at 406-466-5341.


Wilderness, backcountry stewardship efforts recognized

The Glacier National Park Volunteer Associates (GNPVA) received the 2016 National Park Service Wes Henry Excellence in Wilderness Stewardship Award during a ceremony last week in Washington, D.C.

Cheryl Klein, GNPVA president, accepted the award on Aug. 1 on behalf of the group, who was recognized for outstanding contributions to wilderness stewardship by a non-governmental partner. The GNPVA’s dedication to wilderness preservation and patrol and the Backcountry Ranger Intern program are two of the many programs the volunteers support in Glacier National Park.

With a membership of more than 100 volunteers, GNPVA has accomplished many projects to support backcountry operations and preservation, including approximately 7,000 hours of service to Glacier National Park annually.

The volunteers contribute to every function of backcountry patrol, including monitoring compliance with backcountry regulations, assisting with emergency functions, providing minor maintenance at backcountry campsites, and sharing information about Leave No Trace principles.

To learn more about the GNPVA projects or to get involved, visit


FWP takes two firsts in national competition

The Association for Conservation Information awarded Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks top honors in two communications categories at the organization’s annual awards ceremony held in July in Nashville, Indiana.

FWP took first place in the Internal Communication category for the department’s Vision and Guide document. Produced by agency employees representing all regions, divisions, bureaus, and professions, along with extensive public input, the Vision and Guide presents FWP’s core values, guiding principles, challenges, and commitments for the next decade.

Also taking first place was the department’s magazine, Montana Outdoors, which won in the magazine category, topping Texas’ and North Carolina’s state conservation agency magazines. This is the fifth time in the past 12 years that Montana Outdoors has been awarded first place in the ACI competition.

Visit to view the FWP Vision and Guide and to see Montana Outdoors.


Bike Helena Summer Shuttle Fest

Bike Helena and Visit Helena Montana are excited to celebrate the Helena, Montana trails Aug. 11-13 with the 4th annual Bike Helena Summer Shuttle Fest. Shuttle Fest includes all day Trail Rider shuttles Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Trail Rider brings recreationists to various points throughout the Helena area trail systems and is a contributing factor to Montana’s Capital City holding the status of International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) Silver Level Ride Center. Bike Helena and Visit Helena Montana are continuing to offer an extended season with five day a week shuttles until Oct. 1.

Mountain bikers, hikers and trail runners are invited aboard the free shuttles that leave from the Women’s Mural at the corner of Last Chance Gulch/Walking Mall and Broadway on Friday and Saturday. Sunday shuttles leave from Rimini Road to MacDonald Pass to ride a portion of the Continental Divide Trail.

The Summer Shuttle Fest is sponsored exclusively by Keller Williams Capital Realty and Lewis & Clark Brewing Company. Catch a ride to the trailheads Friday from 6 a.m. to 7:15 p.m., Saturday from 7:15 a.m. am to 2:45 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. After exploring the Helena trails on Saturday, attendees can enjoy Montana brews at the annual Montana Brewers Rendezvous in Helena’s Memorial Park. The Montana Brewers Rendezvous features beers by more than 27 Montana breweries and begins with a VIP hour from 4-5 p.m. and general admission from 5-9 p.m. A free shuttle will be running from Women’s Mural to Memorial Park on Saturday from 4-10 p.m.

Helena’s Trail Rider shuttle would not be available without its sponsors, including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana, Broadwater Hot Springs, and the partnerships with Capital Transit, The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest, City of Helena Parks Department and the Prickly Pear Land Trust. The complete schedule and list of Trail Rider Sponsors is available online at

Inclement weather and road construction may result in Trail Rider cancellations or schedule changes. Updates can be found on the Bike Helena Facebook Page: Please note that pets are not allowed on the Trail Rider.


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