Fish and Wildlife Commission to meet
The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet Wednesday, Oct. 17, at FWP Headquarters, 1420 E. 6th Ave., in Helena. The meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. and will be streamed live via video to all FWP regional offices. The meeting will also be audio streamed online at fwp.mt.gov.
The agenda includes final decisions on:
- 2019 fishing regulations
- Clark Fork River closure for Department of Environmental Quality cleanup of Grant-Kohrs Ranch area
- Missouri River and Toston Fishing Access Site closure rule
- North Sunday Creek conservation easement
- White Deer Meadow conservation easement
- Canyon Creek Wildlife Management Area addition fee title acquisition
- Dome Mountain Ranch WMA inholding assignment of conservation easement and fee title acquisition
- Beattie Gulch state bison hunt closure
- Brucellosis annual work plan.
The commission will hear the following proposals:
- Amendments to current No Wake Zones and adoption of new No Wake Zones on Canyon Ferry Reservoir
- Draft Upper Missouri River Reservoir Fisheries Management Plan
- Fishing Access Site Biennial Rule
For the full agenda and background on the scheduled topics, go to the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov; under “Quick Links” click “Commission.”
Field trip grants available for students
Montana State Parks announced that applications for $200 field trip travel grants will be accepted through Oct. 22. The grants can be used for field trips to federal and state public lands taking place between Jan. 2 and Aug. 30, 2019. The grant money is aimed at covering transportation-related costs with an emphasis on assisting Montana elementary students who are underserved in their access to public lands for outdoor recreation. For 2019, there will be 40 grants available.
The $200 grant award can only be used to cover transportation costs. The field trips must be for Montana elementary-aged children, and there will be a preference for fourth-grade students as part of the selection process.
Awardees will be notified of their grant in November 2018 and funds will be distributed by the end of the calendar year for use in 2019. To learn more about this opportunity and apply, visit: https://bit.ly/2BWP0Os.
Going-to-the-Sun Road closed in Logan Pass area
Due to continued winter weather, Glacier National Park has closed the Going-to-the-Sun Road in the Logan Pass area for the winter season.
This section of the Going-to-the-Sun Road closed on Sept. 29 due to a snowstorm that affected multiple park areas.
Road crews successfully reopened Many Glacier Road, Chief Mountain Road, and the portion of the Going-to-the-Sun Road between the foot of St. Mary Lake and Jackson Glacier Overlook following the late September storm. The Two Medicine Road remained closed due to significant snow.
Tuesday's snowstorm temporarily reclosed Many Glacier Road, Chief Mountain Road, and the east side of the Going-to-the-Sun Road at Rising Sun. The weather forecast for the remainder of the week calls for rain, snow, and freezing temperatures.
Current road conditions, including closures, can be found home.nps.gov/applications/glac/roadstatus/roadstatus.cfm.
FWP receives grant to fight invasive mussels
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has announced an $837,000 grant to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks to combat invasive mussels in Montana. These grant funds will be used to improve inspection/decontamination stations; provide campsites for inspection staff; purchase inspection and decontamination equipment, materials and supplies, outreach materials, storage sheds, and shelters; and also provide for sampling and analysis.
Most of the funding will be used at Tiber Reservoir, near Chester, since it’s the only reservoir in the state to test positive for aquatic invasive mussels in 2016. A large portion of funding will be used to construct a new campground loop and inspection site near Tiber Marina to provide needed campsites for inspection staff. A portion of the funding will also be used at Canyon Ferry Reservoir, near Helena, since a suspect sample was collected there.
For more information, contact the FWP fisheries office at 406-444-2440 or visit CleanDrainDryMT.com.
Photographer, explorer to give talk
As part of the Montana Wilderness Association’s Madison-Gallatin Chapter’s continuing series of “Wilderness and …” presentations, Louise Johns, documentary photographer and a National Geographic Young Explorer based in Montana, will talk about her work photographing the wild Gallatin mountain range.
The talk is free, open to the public, and will start at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16, in the large classroom at Hope Lutheran Church, 2152 West Graf St., Bozeman. For more information, contact David Steinmuller at 406-219-2315 or email@example.com.
Join HAS for moon viewing
Join The Helena Astronomical Society in celebration of this year's International Observe the Moon Night.
The event will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Montana Wild, located at 2668 Broadwater Ave. Viewers will be able to observe the moon at three days past first quarter, a great time to view the moon through a telescope. Over half of the visible moon will be in daylight, the rest remains in darkness. The line separating the two parts -- the terminator -- is razor sharp.
In addition to observing the moon, visitors also will be able to see Jupiter and all four Galilean moons before it sets around 8 p.m., Saturn, its glorious rings and several of its moons and Mars. Feel free to bring binoculars, spotting scopes or telescopes and we'll help you observe with your own gear.
Dress warmly, including hat and gloves. The auditorium at Montana Wild is available as a warming area and if the weather turns cloudy we will have a presentation about the moon in the auditorium instead.
This annual event is sponsored by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute, the Lunar and Planetary Institute and local astronomy clubs worldwide to encourage observation of Earth's moon.