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FWP hosting meeting on beavers

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is hosting a meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 27, on the roles of beaver and humans in habitat restoration and water conservation. The meeting’s objective is to increase common awareness of potential opportunities, constraints, mechanisms, authorities, roles, and expectations for beavers and other tools to conserve and enhance riparian and aquatic habitats.

The meeting is free, and no registration is required. It will be held at the Delta Marriott Hotel in Helena from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a break for people to disperse for lunch from noon to 1 p.m. In addition to FWP, representatives from The Nature Conservancy; Department of Natural Resources and Conservation; Applied Geomorphology, Inc.; National Wildlife Federation; Great West Engineering; Trout Unlimited, Bureau of Land Management; and the Forest Service will give presentations.

The morning session will cover project considerations related to floodplain connection and hydrological function, social challenges, wildlife, and fisheries. The following session will include project design, success, and failure, ranging from beaver mimicry to natural colonization, humans moving beavers, and experiences in other states. The last session of the meeting will consist of a panel discussion that includes a variety of perspectives on the role of beavers in habitat restoration and conservation.

All interested parties are invited. For more information, contact Quentin Kujala at qkujala@mt.gov or 406-444-5672.

Fly-Fishing 101

Join Becoming an Outdoors-Woman and Last Chance Fly Gals for a fly-fishing 101 course September 21-22. You will learn about fly fishing gear, casting, bugs, reading the water, what to do with your catch, and more! Classes will be at Montana WILD in Helena and participants will fish at Park Lake Sunday morning. Cost is $40 and lodging is not included. Registrations must be mailed-in (no walk-ins accepted) and you must be +18 to register. Class size is limited to 12 participants. For more information and to print the registration sheet visit: http://fwp.mt.gov/education/bow/

Call Sara at 406-444-5280 with questions.

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Boulder Baldy Project Public Open House on Aug. 26

The Townsend Ranger District of the Helena – Lewis and Clark National Forest is proposing a timber harvest project located approximately 13 miles north and east of Townsend, in the Big Belt Mountains, Broadwater and Meagher Counties.

This project proposes to treat over 4,500 acres of vegetation using a combination of commercial harvest and prescribed fire. Road maintenance, temporary road construction and reconstruction will be necessary in order to implement this project; however, exact amounts and locations of the harvest units and temporary roads have yet to be finalized.

A public open house will be held Aug. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Townsend Community Room, located adjacent to the Townsend Public Library at 201 N. Spruce St.

Project team members will be available at the open house to discuss more details and answer questions people may have about this proposal.

The purpose of the Boulder Baldy Project is to: recover economic value of the merchantable timber within the project area; promote healthy desirable regeneration; ensure diverse and sustainable forest stands and habitat for the future forest health; and, to improve conditions for public and firefighter safety in the event of a wildfire by reducing hazardous fuels.

For more information about the project or open house, contact the Townsend Ranger District at 406-266-3425.

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