Garden tour is Saturday
Backyards of Broadwater Garden Tour is Saturday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit Broadwater County gardens in this self-guided tour that highlights unique landscapes in Broadwater County. Tickets are $5, children under 12 are free.
Receive a map and short descriptions of the eight featured gardens with ticket purchase. Tickets may be purchased at Chadwicks Nursery and Birds & Beasleys in Helena, Broadwater Ford, Goose Bay Glass, MSU Extension and the Townsend Library in Townsend, and in Three Forks at the Museum and Seilers Hardware Store.
Children and adults can pick up quiz entries in the host gardens for a chance to win a gift basket and learn tips from the Montana Master Gardener Program. For information contact Allison Kosto at 266-9242 or Dawn Reynolds at 266-1045.
Aerial weed treatments scheduled on Elkhorns
The Townsend Ranger District of the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest, in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management’s Butte Field Office and Broadwater County Weed District, are conducting noxious weed treatments for the east side of the Elkhorn Mountains this week.
Aerial application of herbicide will be used as part of an integrated pest management approach on approximately 340 acres of spotted knapweed spread across Forest Service, BLM, and DNRC lands in the Iron Mask and Sheps Gulch Area located approximately seven miles northwest of Townsend.
The project is intended to improve elk winter range, restore native grassland, and increase forage production. Funding for the project came from agency partners as well as the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
For more information please contact Tracy Schilling, rangeland management specialist, of the Townsend Ranger District at 406-495-3870.
Bridge replacement project to begin
In order to provide for public safety during a bridge replacement project, the Beaver Creek Road #138 will be closed beginning next week, for approximately four weeks. Two bridges, located at mile-markers 9.0 and 9.5, respectively, will be replaced due to rotten abutments and severe scour issues, and running planks on the two upper bridges will be replaced as part of this project, as well.
Heavy equipment has been moved into the area to initiate the running plank replacement work later this week. During this part of the project, Beaver Creek Road will remain open to traffic; however, people should expect delays during this time. It is encouraged that people avoid this road next week, if possible.
Once contractors begin the bridge replacement work, Beaver Creek Road will be closed to through-traffic for public safety purposes. This work is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 16, and the Beaver Creek Road #138 will be closed until both bridges are replaced and the closure order is rescinded, which is expected to take about four weeks.
Contact the Helena Ranger District office with questions about the project at 449-5201.
BLM closes Toston Dam campground
A slope failure along the route to the Bureau of Land Management’s Toston Dam campground has caused the agency to temporarily close its recreation site until the road can be rebuilt.
After heavy rains in the area caused the hillside to begin sliding near the river on Friday, Broadwater County Public Works closed Toston Dam Road from the east entrance at Missouri View Loop all the way to the dam site. The closure begins about two miles east of U.S. Highway 287. No residential homes are affected by the closure.
The BLM’s campsite, boat launch and day-use areas are all closed until further notice.
For more information about the recreation site, call the Butte Field Office at 406-533-7600.
Campgrounds, marinas topics of Canyon Ferry public meeting
The Bureau of Reclamation is hosting a Canyon Ferry public meeting on Wednesday, July 18. Topics of discussion will include information on campgrounds, marinas, the Shoreline Management Plan, Off-Highway Vehicle use, and Aquatic Invasive Species.
The Public Meeting will be held from 6-8 p.m. in the downstairs conference room at Montana Association of Counties (MACo), 2715 Skyway Drive, Ste. A.
For more information on Canyon Ferry or other Reclamation programs or activities in Montana, contact the Canyon Ferry Field Office at 406-475-3310 or visit Reclamation’s website at http://www.usbr.gov/gp/mtao.
Conservation groups, foundation adopt a trailhead
On Monday, June 25, two public land and conservation orgs adopted a trailhead through Adopt-A-Trail Montana (AATM), a cooperative volunteer program designed to help protect Montana’s trails from further spread of noxious weeds.
The Backcountry Hunters and Anglers and the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation partnered to adopt the Summit Trailhead, the gateway to the Badger-Two Medicine and one of the most popular access points to the Bob. AATM is a program of the Montana Noxious Weed Education Campaign and is supported by several agencies including the Montana Department of Agriculture, the Montana Weed Control Association, and the Montana Department of Transportation.
The Summit Trailhead accesses some of the wildest country in the Crown of the Continent. Noxious weeds are a problem at trailheads because these invasive plants thrive in disturbed areas. Trailheads are ideal for weed establishment because there is frequent concentrated activity in a relatively small area. This repetitive disturbance at trailheads provides the perfect habitat for noxious weeds to become established and increases their ability to spread.
For more info about the AATM and to get involved, email Shantell Frame-Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public asked to respect Highland Lookout road closure
The Forest Service would like to remind visitors the Highland Lookout Road (Forest Road 8514) south of Butte is closed to public use. The road has been closed since 1989 to provide resource protection.
This steep, narrow and multiple switchback road is closed by a gate that was vandalized last fall leaving the road open. Forest crews are in the process of repairing the gate and in the interim reflective barriers have been placed at the gate closure. The Forest Service is asking visitors to respect the closure and not remove the barriers.
For more information contact the Butte Ranger District at 406-494-2147.