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FWP has issued an emergency closure of elk hunting in portions of Hunting District 313 through Sunday, Nov. 12.

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Portions of HD 313 temporarily closed to elk hunting

Given the recent significant weather event and large migration of elk, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has issued an emergency closure of elk hunting in portions of Hunting District 313 including Crevice Mountain, Deckard Flats, Eagle Creek, and Little Trail Creek areas effective through Sunday, Nov. 12.

The objective of this closure is to reduce the harvest pressure on elk in cases where large migrations occur during the general season to an area in which they are greatly vulnerable. This is now the case in hunting district 313 with significant snowfall in surrounding areas. Authority to institute this emergency closure in this area was granted by the Fish and Wildlife Commission in 2016.

This closure applies to elk only.

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Citizens Climate Lobby hosts speaker

Bruce Maxwell, director of the Institute on Ecosystems at MSU-Bozeman, will speak at Plymouth Congregational Church, 400 S. Oakes, on Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 4-5 p.m. on the recently released Montana Climate Assessment.

Maxwell is one of the lead authors of the assessment that describes past and future climate trends that affect different sectors of the Montana economy. The Montana Climate Assessment project involves researchers, decision makers and other stakeholders with the goal of providing timely and relevant information for the citizens of Montana.

This event is sponsored by Citizens Climate Lobby-Helena. For more information, call John at 475-0079.

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Author will give talk on book

Bozeman author, Terry Kennedy, will talk about his new book, "In Search of the Mount Cleveland Five," on Thursday, Nov 16, at Montana Wild, 2668 Broadwater Ave., at 7 p.m.

The tragedy on the highest peak in Glacier National Park jumpstarted Kennedy’s life of mountaineering. He eventually climbed the north face of Cleveland with the brother of one of the missing The book tells the story of years of climbing endeavors with colorful Montana climbers and their close calls, antics, and tears.

The free program is sponsored by the Helena Outdoor Club.

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Public comment sought on current conservation plans

The Bureau of Land Management put plans in place two years ago to protect sagebrush habitat in order to keep the greater sage-grouse from being placed on the endangered species list.

Now that those plans are being implemented, the BLM is asking the public for input on how those efforts are working and whether they can be improved.

The Montana/Dakotas State Office of the BLM is hosting one of several public scoping meetings to be held across the West, at which the public will be given an opportunity to weigh in with their comments, concerns and recommendations about sage grouse conservation efforts.

Regional residents are invited to come to Billings on Wednesday for a meeting to be held from 4-8 p.m. at the BLM offices at 5001 Southgate Drive. After a brief presentation, participants will have a chance to ask questions and share their thoughts with BLM staff members.

Individuals and organizations may also submit their comments by email by Nov. 27 to blm_sagegrouseplanning@blm.gov.

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Helena FS agency receives award

Leanne Marten, Regional Forester for the U.S. Forest Service’s Northern Region, announced the recipients of the 2017 Regional Forester Honor Awards.

The annual awards program recognizes significant contributions to the agency’s mission to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.

Excelling as a High-Performing Agency Award

  • Recipient: Helena – Lewis & Clark National Forest (HLC) Civil Rights Team and Northern Region (R1) Civil Rights Team
  • Project: “Creating a Culture of Courtesy” Program
  • Team Members: HLC – Bill Avey, Tessa Donahue, Mike Munoz, Carol Hatfield, Jenny Woods, Michael Stansbury, Zev Hunting, Mark Bodily, Dan Woods, Denise Pengeroth, Sharon Scott, Catherine Pinegar, Marty Mitzkus, Ron Wiseman, Alex Brooks and Victor Murphy; R1 – Theresa Doty, Eric Bowie, Jamilah McConnell, Ted Perkins, Cheryl Smith-Cook, Nic Nordhus and Larkin Matoon

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Divide Campground reopens 

Water is flowing once again at the Bureau of Land Management’s Divide Campground thanks to a recent upgrade to the site’s water system.

The campground, which had been closed for the maintenance work, is now reopen, said Kelly Scarbrough, Supervisory Outdoor Recreation Planner with the Butte Field Office.

When the new water system is turned on just prior to the 2018 summer recreation season, the 21 RV/camping pads will have access to four potable water hydrants distributed throughout the campground, Scarbrough added. Campers can use the potable water to fill up jugs, but they cannot connect their RVs directly to the hydrants.

For more information, call the Butte Field Office at 406-533-7600.

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Artist-in-residence applications available

Artists are encouraged to apply for the 2018 Artist-in-Residence Program at Glacier National Park. 

The Glacier National Park Artist-in-Residence program offers professional artists focused time to creatively explore the natural and cultural resources of this astounding landscape. It also allows artists the opportunity to share their work with an international audience through educational programs and exhibits. 

Each session of the artist-in-residence program offers the artist four weeks of uninterrupted time to pursue their artistic discipline. It also provides the artist with a furnished house located in the park. 

The artist is required to present several public programs during their residency. The programs must be related to their experience as the artist-in-residence and can be demonstrations, talks, exploratory walks, or performances. 

Artists of all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Applications are available online at https://.callforentry.org. More information on the program can be found at https://www.nps.gov/glac/getinvolved/air.htm. The deadline to apply is Jan. 31, 2018.

For more information contact, Sonja Hartmann, at 406-888-7851.

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