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Owl program at Montana Wild

Naturalist Tom Forwood will share his knowledge of owls at a program at Montana Wild on March 12.

Make your own fishing lure at Montana Wild

Join us from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 4, at Montana Wild, 2668 Broadwater Ave., for an after school event.

Learn how to make your own marabou jig to take out on your next fishing trip. All equipment is provided and class participants will get to bring at least one lure home with them. For students 10-16 years old. Pre-registration is required. Call 406-444-9944.

Montana's owl diversity topic of program

Last Chance Audubon will present a program at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at Montana Wild with Tom Forwood, an avid naturalist, as he shares what he has learned about how and why Montana excels in owl diversity.

Montana features 15 species of owl, 14 of those are known to breed here. Only the state of Washington has as many. Forwood will show how our owls are quite diverse, how they live in different habitats and feature different habits.

Forwood works in park management for Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks. He spent 10 years as an interpretive ranger teaching numerous visitors of all ages about the birds and other plants and wildlife of Montana.

Montana Wild is located at 2668 Broadwater Ave.

2019 Smith River permit results available

The permit lottery results to float Smith River State Park in 2019 are now available online at stateparks.mt.gov. In addition to the online results, successful applicants will also be notified by mail.

Permits are required to float the 59-mile stretch of the Smith River, which is celebrated for its spectacular scenery, remote location and excellent trout fishing.

For applicants who were unsuccessful in the regular permit drawing, Smith River Super Permit chances are available through March 15 for $5 each. One Super Permit winner will be allowed to launch on any date of their choosing. Chances may be purchased online at stateparks.mt.gov or at any Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks regional office. The drawing will be held on March 18.

The public may also call the Smith River Reservation and Information Line at 406-454-5861 beginning Monday, March 11, to request any remaining launch dates or canceled permits. The call line will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.

Public comment sought on proposed land donation

The BLM is working with Montana’s Outdoor Legacy Foundation to secure the donation of more than 258 acres of private lands near Toston Dam on the Missouri River in Broadwater County. Acquisition of this acreage will connect several parcels of public land and provide enhanced opportunities for public hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation.

As part of this process, the BLM’s Butte Field Office is releasing a preliminary Environmental Assessment. The EA can be viewed on the BLM ePlanning website at: https://go.usa.gov/xPvQB The field office will take public comments on the proposed land donation until March 8.

Acquiring these lands would connect two nearby parcels of BLM lands and reduce ownership fragmentation by making a single block of BLM land just over 1,246 acres. They provide important connectivity for migrating elk between the Elkhorn Range to the west and the Big Belt range to the east. 

To comment on the proposed acquisition, email the Butte Field Office at blm_mt_butte_fo@blm.gov

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

Regulations available on FWP website

The 2019 Spring and Fall Turkey Regulations are available on the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov/hunting/regulations/. Hard copies of the hunting regulations will be on the shelf at FWP offices and local license providers in March.

The 2019 Fishing Regulations are available online at fwp.mt.gov/fish/. Hard copies of the fishing regulations are available now at FWP offices and local license providers.

Forest Service seeks volunteer camp hosts

The Forest Service is looking for volunteer camp hosts to help manage several campgrounds throughout the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest for the upcoming 2019 camping season. 

Volunteer camp hosts help forest visitors by providing information, cleaning amenities, and completing light maintenance. All supplies and equipment needed for the cleaning and maintenance are provided hookups. Hosts are needed Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Hosting opportunities are available at the following camp sites:

  • Near Butte: Delmoe Lake, contact Jocelyn Dodge, 406-494-0246.
  • Near Philipsburg: Stoney, East Fork Reservoir or Spillway Campground, and near Deer Lodge: Racetrack, contact Otto Lehman, 406-494-0246, ext. 217.
  • Along the Southern Pioneer Mountains Byway: Grasshopper Creek and Price Creek Campgrounds, contact Patrick Thomas, 406-683-3911.
  • In the Madison valley south of Ennis: Wade and Cliff Lake recreation area, contact Chris Hericks, 406-682-4253. 

The hosts for Grasshopper Creek and Price Creek will also help with the administration and maintenance of the Crystal Park Day Use Site. Only the Grasshopper host site has hookups. If you are interested in hosting, contact one of the employees listed above, or go online to www.fs.usda.gov/bdnf, or www.volunteer.gov to find out more about volunteer opportunities.

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