Feature photo: Learning bear safety at Montana Wild (briefs copy)

Montana Wild will host bear awareness training from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 18 in Helena. 


Recreation group to host workday

The Beaverhead Recreation Working Group will host a volunteer workday on Saturday, July 13. Participants should meet at the DNRC parking lot, 840 N. Montana St., in Dillon at 9 a.m. Bring water, gloves and a lunch.

Volunteers and landowners will be teaming up to post signs and spray weeds in the Sage Creek/ Basin Creek Area southwest of Dillon.

This area has been a focus of the working group, and these cooperative efforts can help protect natural resources while protecting everyone’s opportunities to hunt and recreate in this area.

Everyone is welcome, and there will something for everyone to do. For more information, contact Tim Egan at the Dillon DNRC office at 406-683-6305.

Bear awareness training scheduled

Join Sara Sylte, bear education specialist with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the U.S. Forest Service, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 18, at Montana Wild to learn how to avoid having a bear encounter and what to do if you do encounter a bear. You’ll learn about state-of-the-art bear safety products and proper attractant storage, both while on public lands and close to home. Hands-on instruction on how to use bear spray will be offered the last half hour of program.

The program is free; no registration is required. For information, visit the Montana Wild Calendar at fwp.mt.gov/education/montanaWild/ or call 406-444-9944.

The Montana Wild Education Center is located at 2668 Broadwater Ave., next to Spring Meadow Lake State Park off Highway 12 West, in Helena.

Neighbor Award nominations deadline near

The Montana Neighbor Awards is soliciting nominations for its annual awards; nominations are due July 24.

The Montana Neighbor Awards is a working group made up of conservation organizations from around the state, including Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks, Montana Association of Land Trusts, Montana Farm Bureau, Artemis Common Ground, The Nature Conservancy of Montana, and Montana Council of Trout Unlimited.

The awards recognize landowners who go the extra mile through collaborative efforts to enhance the Montana sense of community. Awards are based on four criteria: cooperation, land stewardship/conservation ethic, neighborly land access, and community leadership.

Every year, the group solicits nominations of landowners from across Montana. An awards committee, along with the governor’s office, reviews the nominations and selects the award-winners. 

Nominations can be sent by email to briankahnacg@gmail.com, or GLemon@mt.gov, or by regular mail to Montana Neighbor Awards, c/o Brian Kahn, P.O. Box 748, Helena, MT 59624. 

For more information contact: Brian Kahn, 406-444-8744, brian.kahn@earthlink.net.

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