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Montana Wild bat program

Last Chance Audubon Society presents The Misunderstood Bat, 7 p.m., Nov. 12, at Montana WILD, 2668 Broadwater Ave.

Hut-hopping in the Alps

Join Bill and Marti Cook 7 p.m. Thursday Nov. 7, at Montana Wild, 2668 Broadwater Ave., for a presentation on their recent hut-to-hut hiking trek through the Rhaetian Alps.

The program is sponsored by the Helena Outdoor Club and is free and open to the public.

Program on bats at Montana Wild

Last Chance Audubon Society presents The Misunderstood Bat, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Montana Wild, 2668 Broadwater Ave., with Tom Forwood, naturalist and assistant manager of Lewis and Clark Caverns. The program is free and open to the public.

Elkhorn Working Group seeking members

The Elkhorn Working Group (EWG) is requesting applications for membership in the organization. The Working Group, formed in 2001, is one of the oldest agency-sanctioned citizen advisory entities in the state. It began in order to advise on issues and policy direction with the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and other public agencies with jurisdictions in the Elkhorn Wildlife Management Unit. The Wildlife Management Unit is the only such designated area in the entire US. The Working Group’s purpose is to gather input from citizens who live and work around and in the Elkhorns and make recommendations to the agencies in order for them to make informed policy decisions.

“Recent vacancies by a few long-serving members have presented an opportunity for additional folks to become involved in the Group’s efforts," said Joe Cohenour, Elkhorn Working Group chair. “We appreciate the work these folks have done over the years and now look forward to bringing in new people who also have a passion for the Elkhorns,” he said.

Since its inception 18 years ago, the EWG has been involved in a wide array of issues and projects including wildlife surveys, weed control efforts, native fish restoration and various policy projects of the Forest Service, BLM and Fish Wildlife & Parks. Most recently, the Working Group was a co-sponsor of a research project on elk security and utilization of habitats in the Elkhorns.

“Prospective members should have an interest and familiarity in the Elkhorn Wildlife Management Unit, resource policy, and be willing to work positively and constructively with a wide range of people from various interests,” Cohenour said. Members are expected to attend meetings held every other month, participate in field tours as well as serve on project committees.

The next meeting of the EWG is Dec. 5, 2-5 p.m., at the Forest Service building in Townsend.

For further information and to get a copy of the application materials contact EWG Chair Joe Cohenour at (406) 227-1144 or Vice-Chair Mike Korn at (406) 459-2384, or at Elkhornwg@gmail.com. Applications will be accepted up until November 30.

Fish and Wildlife Commission to meet

The Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission will meet Tuesday, Nov. 12, at FWP Headquarters, 1420 E. 6th Ave. The meeting will be streamed live via video to all FWP regional offices. The meeting will also be audio streamed online at fwp.mt.gov. The meeting begins at 8:15 a.m. and will end at 1 p.m.

The commission will hear the following presentations and proposals:

  • Madison River Petition presentations including an overview of the petition process and presentations from Madison River Foundation, Montana Sportsmen Alliance (Trout Unlimited - George Grant Chapter, Skyline Sportsman Association, Anaconda Sportsmen Association, and the Public Lands Water Access Association), and Fishing Outfitters Association of Montana
  • Holter Reservoir Fishing Regulation Changes (R4)
  • Authorization of Paddlefish Bonus Points
  • Overview of Department Communication Planning

For the full agenda, go to the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov; under “Quick Links” click “Commission.”

FWP's website offers live streamed audio of each Fish & Wildlife Commission meeting. The public can also view a live television feed of the meeting at FWP regional offices.

Applications open for new outfitter, guide operations

The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest is soliciting applications from interested outfitters and guides to provide services on National Forest System lands on the Belt Creek–White Sulphur Springs and the Judith–Musselshell ranger districts, known collectively as the Jefferson Division. The Forest Service intends to authorize three new special use permits for outfitters and guides providing a variety of services in the area, including snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and skiing.

The prospectus is available online at bit.ly/HLC-OutfitterGuide.

Interested parties may now submit applications for the following outfitter and guide opportunities in the Jefferson Division:

250-400 service days* for winter snowmobile outfitting and guiding in the Little Belt and Castle mountain ranges. Approximate use dates are from December 1 through April 15. No overnight camping. Use is limited to existing trails and areas currently open to such use. Guided trips would be limited to a max group size of 10, including guides.

250-400 service days* for backcountry skiing, touring, snowshoeing, and winter outfitting and guiding in the Little Belt, Little Snowy, Big Snowy, Highwood, Castle, and Crazy mountain ranges. Approximate use dates are from December 1 through April 15. A temporary warming yurt can be erected and taken down each season. Silvercrest ski winter recreation area would not be available. No overnight camping. Use is limited to existing trails and areas currently open to such use.

250-400 service days* for non-consumptive summer/fall outfitting and guiding in the Little Belt, Little Snowy, Big Snowy, Highwood, Castle, and Crazy mountain ranges. Approximate use dates are from June 15 through December 1. No overnight camping. Use is limited to existing roads and trails and areas currently open to such use. Mountain bike use would not be considered in the Big Snowy Mountain Range. Hunting and fishing outfitting will not be considered.

*The Authorized Officer has discretion for issuing the amount of service days.

All application materials are available in the prospectus. Application packets should be mailed by Jan. 31, 2020, to: Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest, ATTN: Rory Glueckert, 2880 Skyway Drive, Helena, MT 59602.

Questions about these outfitter and guide opportunities or how to apply for a permit can be directed to Rory Glueckert 406-449-5201, Ron Wiseman, Judith–Musselshell District Ranger 406-566-2292; or Carol Hatfield, Belt Creek–White Sulfur Springs District Ranger 406-547-3361.

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