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Climate lobby meeting upcoming

Citizens Climate Lobby is a national organization with more than 450 local chapters among all 50 states, including four Montana chapters.

On Tuesday, Jan. 16, CCL Helena will meet from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at St Paul’s United Methodist Church, 512 Logan St. In preparation for the introduction of a carbon fee and dividend bill, the group will develop a plan to engage the community, organizations and leaders, including Congress.

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

Hiking the Via Francigena

Helena resident Craig Bacino used a lifetime of skills to complete 1,400 miles of the Via Francigena, hiking through history and the heart of Europe from Canterbury, England, to Rome, Italy, on ancient medieval roads. On Thursday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m., he’ll share tales of this personal pilgrimage at Montana Wild, 2668 Broadwater Ave. The free program is sponsored by the Helena Outdoor Club and is open to the public.

Community pond grant money available

Groups or individuals interested in constructing or improving a community fishing pond have until Feb. 1 to apply for a Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks for Community Pond Program grant.

Applicants must provide at least 30 percent of the total project cost, which can include contributions such as heavy equipment time, construction materials, labor, engineering services, and more. Anyone wishing to sponsor a project may apply. A total of $33,000 in grant funds is available.

The objective of the Community Pond Program is to enhance fishing opportunities in or near Montana communities by providing funding that may be used to construct or improve public fishing pond.

Additional information on the Community Pond Program, including a grant application form, is available on the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov, then click "Community Pond Program."

Applicants are required to contact their local FWP fisheries biologist to obtain project support. For more information, contact Michelle McGree, FWP Program Officer, at 406-444-2432 or mmcgree@mt.gov.

FWP presents on CWD at MOGA convention

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks CWD experts will present on chronic wasting disease Saturday, Jan. 13, in Helena at the annual Montana Outfitters and Guides Association convention.

John Vore, FWP game management bureau chief and coordinator of the department’s CWD citizen advisory panel, will discuss FWP’s CWD response and management plan along with current response efforts around the state.

Emily Almberg, disease ecologist with FWP’s wildlife health lab in Bozeman, will present on the disease itself, including its effect on deer, elk and moose, how it’s spread and the potential long-term impacts to herds.

CWD was discovered in wild deer in Montana during FWP’s surveillance efforts during the 2017 general big game season. 

CWD is a progressive, fatal neurological disease that effects deer, elk and moose. It is not known to infect humans. The Centers for Disease Control recommends not consuming animals that test positive for CWD. 

The CWD session will be held at the Radisson Colonial Hotel, 2301 Colonial Drive at 9 a.m. The public is welcome and attendance is free.

The Woods in Words

The Forest Service and Montana Discovery Foundation are co-hosting a Woods in Words short-story contest, related to your favorite recreational spot. The winner of the contest will get a two-night free stay in the Indian Meadows cabin near Lincoln.

There are two categories youth up to age 18; and adult ages 18-plus. Short stories should be 500 words or less and need to be submitted no later than March 31.

Submissions need to include the writer's name, phone number, email address, and the age category. Youth writers must include the name and phone number of a parent or guardian.

By submitting your story, you are giving the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest and Montana Discovery Foundation permission to promote, share, and reference your story publicly and in various media, print publications, online, etc.

Submit your story to Kathy Bushnell at kbushnell@fs.fed.us; or mail it to Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest, ATTN: Kathy Bushnell, 2880 Skyway Drive, Helena, MT 59602; or submit it as a “Message” on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HLCNF.

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