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Berry, mushroom harvest closed to non-tribal folks

News from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes  PABLO — The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes implemented a new rule prohibiting non-Tribal members from berry and mushroom picking on March 1, 2012.  A Tribal member may have non-member children and spouse accompany and assist with berry and mushroom picking, provided that the non-member children and spouse have the required recreation permits in their possession. The closure will protect native plant resources on the Reservation from damage caused by over harvest.  “This type of closure is necessary to ensure these resources are managed for present and future Tribal members,” stated...


Invasive water plant, or not?

POLSON — Lake County is sponsoring an aquatic invasive plant identification training on July 29 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Boettcher Park Pavilion in Polson. The Lake County training session is being funded with a grant from DNRC.   Erik Hanson from Hanson Environmental will lead the training s...


Be on the lookout for orange wheat blossom midge larvae

Early field scouting at the Montana State University Experiment Station in Creston indicates high levels of orange wheat blossom midge larvae earlier than expected this season. Spring wheat growers are being urged to survey their fields to determine if they will have a problem. Larvae may be found on the ...


Mack Days EIS complete, tourney future to be decided mid-August Mack Days EIS complete, tourney future to be decided mid-August

POLSON — Mack Days began 12 years ago as a management tool aimed at reducing Flathead Lake’s lake trout population while increasing the native bull and cutthroat trout populations.  After more than a decade, CSKT fisheries biologist Barry Hansen said the twice-annual fishing tournament ha...


Watch out for plants poisonous to horses

There are many plants in Lake County that have been suspected of being poisonous; however these plants vary greatly in their toxicities, the classes of animals affected and the conditions under which poisoning occurs. For example, a particular plant might provide good forage for cattle and horses, yet be poi...


People reminded to heed seasonal regulations

News from the Tribal Wildland Recreation Program  LAKE COUNTY — As the seasons change, new recreational seasonal closures take effect and some closures are now lifted, according to Les Bigcrane, Tribal Wildland Recreation Program. The use of fireworks at the Blue Bay Camp Grounds is prohibit...


Landowner permission needed to remove invasive plants

News from the Flathead Basin Commission POLSON — Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) can foul boats, degrade water quality and wreak havoc on a host of native species. The economic impacts are equally adverse. Once invasive species become established in a watershed, property values and tourism revenues g...


Fishing Without Barriers Day a success

News from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks POLSON — A total of 80 anglers with disabilities participated in the 20th annual Fishing Without Barriers Day on Flathead Lake on June 13. The anglers caught a total of 13 lake trout from fishing boats trolling on the lake; the largest lake trout measu...


International Migratory Bird Day Festival a success International Migratory Bird Day Festival a success

News from CS&KT  Natural Resources PABLO — Tribal Wildlife Management Program reports a good community turn out to celebrate the Community International Migratory Bird Day Festival held Thursday, May 23 at Salish Kootenai College’s Joe McDonald Fitness Center. There was a steady st...


Controlling invasive Whitetop requires integrated methods

Unless you haven’t been paying attention at all to flowering weeds, you have noticed the white blossoms covering pastures, rangeland, ditch banks, disturbed areas and even cropland this spring in Lake County. However attractive the blossoms are, the plant producing them is a dangerous invader to desira...


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