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Learn the latest about CWD in Montana

What is chronic wasting disease? Where in Montana has it been found? What is Fish, Wildlife and Parks doing about CWD? What can hunters do about CWD? Answers to these questions and more will be offered at a CWD program at Montana WILD Sept. 26 from 6 to 7 p.m.

FWP Game Management Bureau Chief John Vore will give a presentation on CWD and will demonstrate how hunters can remove their harvested animal’s special lymph nodes that can be tested for CWD.

The program begins at 6 p.m. at the Montana WILD Education Center, located at 2668 Broadwater Ave., in Helena next to Spring Meadow Lake State Park off Highway 12 West.

For more information, call Montana WILD at 406-444-9944.

Bluebirding in Montana

Did you ever drive along a rural road in Montana and wonder about all those bird houses on the posts? The original Mountain Bluebird Trail, located on Sloan Road outside of Ronan, is still maintained and bluebird research there continues. From that trail, there are countless more through Montana and southern Idaho. Jane Brockway will relate her adventures of being a trail monitor and discuss the bluebird conservation movement on the state and national level.

Her Power Point presentation and slide show of Mountain and Western bluebirds includes a short video “Inside the Nest Box." Come and learn about bluebirding in western Montana! Jane Brockway started ‘blue birding’ in about 1998 with a few boxes at the family ranch in western Montana. Her trail now totals about 80 boxes. Her camera lives on her table and she is able watch and photograph bluebirds most of the year. Jane trained to band birds in 2004 and currently bands 200-350 bluebirds per year. She holds a Master Banding Permit for Mountain Bluebird Trails (MBT) and has been editor of the Mountain Bluebird Trails newsletter for the past 10 years. She has served on the Board of Directors of MBT for many years and also serves on the board of directors for the North American Bluebird Society.

Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Montana WILD, 2668 Broadwater Ave.

Future Fisheries projects approved

Westslope cutthroat trout, brown trout and rainbow trout will be kept out of irrigation diversions and remain in the stream when fish screens are installed on diversions in Lolo Creek and the West Fork of the Bitterroot River. These projects are two of 11 that recently received funding by the Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission through the Future Fisheries Improvement Program.

The fisheries improvements include restoration of streams to a natural condition, installing fish screens to keep fish out of irrigation diversions, increasing flow to streams, decommissioning roads near streams, improving fish passage, dam spillway repair and more.

The approved projects are located across Montana, including five that are west and six that are east of the Continental Divide.

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Applications for the FFIP winter-cycle grants are due Nov. 30, 2019, to FWP's Fisheries Management Bureau. Application forms are available on FWP’s website, at FWP regional offices and at the headquarters in Helena.

Any individual or group with a project designed to restore or enhance habitat for wild or native fish may apply for FFIP funding. Applicants are encouraged to work with local FWP fisheries biologists. Landowners and other project partners usually share project costs, extending FFIP dollars.

More information and FFIP applications are available on FWP's website at fwp.mt.gov.

Approved FFIP projects:

Helena area

  • Beaver Creek Upper Missouri channel reconstruction (Lewis and Clark County, tributary to the Missouri River)
  • Sevenmile Creek restoration phase 2 (Lewis and Clark County, tributary to Tenmile Creek)

Butte area

  • French Creek channel reconstruction (Deer Lodge County, tributary to Deep Creek and the Big Hole River)

Red Rocks Vegetation Project approved

Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest Supervisor Cheri Ford has signed the Decision Notice for the Red Rocks Vegetation Project located north of Butte and west of Interstate 15 near the communities of Bernice and Basin.

The BDWG is a citizen-based committee of people who represent key interests, geographic balance, and knowledge of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.

This project will implement treatments across 6,673 acres. The purpose of these treatments are to reduce timber stand density and increase age class, size class, and species diversity in the project area as well as reduce encroaching conifers in low to mid-elevation grassland-shrubland communities and aspen stands. Treatments will include timber harvesting, slashing, and prescribed burning.

The project Decision Notice is available for public review online at the project web page www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51022, or copies may be requested by contacting the Butte Ranger District Office at 406-494-2147.

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