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Park natural resources manager recognized for excellence Park natural resources manager recognized for excellence

News from Glacier National Park WEST GLACIER - Glacier National Park Natural Resources Program Manager Mark Biel has earned the 2017 National Park Service Intermountain Region Director’s Award for Professional Excellence in Natural Resource Stewardship. Biel was recognized for his leadership on several fronts, including his work to initiate a wildlife shepherding program, dark sky conservation, and mountain goat research. Biel launched the wildlife shepherding program in 2016. The program uses a trained border collie, Gracie, to move bighorn sheep and mountain goats out of areas of high visitor use, such as the Logan Pass parking lot. It also gives Biel the chance to talk a...

First ‘Day Hike’ events coming to MT State Parks

HELENA – Montana State Parks ( invites the public to welcome in the New Year with “First Day Hikes” at Montana State Parks on Jan. 1, 2018.  Start your New Year off on the right foot with a First Day Hike at your local state park. Montana State Parks will offer Fir...

Biologists identify origin of illegally introduced walleye

News from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks KALISPELL – Biologists are using an innovative tool in the effort to prevent illegal fish introductions by identifying the source of the species and gaining new information that could catch the individual or individuals responsible. The Montana Departm...

Snow plowing discontinued in state parks

News from Montana State Parks Montana State Parks ( announced that snow plowing will be discontinued at several state parks in Northwestern Montana beginning Dec. 1. Following budget cuts for fiscal year 2018, winter road maintenance will be discontinued at the West Shore and Big Ar...

Montana Public Radio launches podcast on invasive species threat Montana Public Radio launches podcast on invasive species threat

MISSOULA – Montana was invaded last summer. Not by land, not by air, but by water. A microscopic alien showed up in water samples from the Tiber Reservoir, opening the door to a wide range of potentially devastating impacts for Montana’s fisheries, outdoor enthusiasts and industries. “Su...

Mack Days week six results announced

News from CSKT Natural Resources 2017 Fall Mack Days will end on Nov. 12 after eight weeks of lake trout fishing on Flathead Lake. Up to $150,000 in cash and prizes sponsored by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes will be awarded on the last day. Six weeks of the event are complete. A total of 1...

PSA hosts shooting competition

News from the Polson Shooters Association POLSON – The Polson Shooters Association (PSA) in conjunction with Mission Tactical Ranch is sponsoring a clinic and handgun competition.  There will be shooting at three venues of multiple targets, for some of the most challenging competition in L...

Apprentice hunter program open to youth, mentors

News from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Montana’s general deer and elk season opened Oct. 21. If you want to expose a young person to hunting and mentor that person through their first hunt, now is a good time to consider signing them up for the Apprentice Hunter program. With that, it’...

Target shooters, hunters should take precautions to avoid starting fires

News from CSKT Division of Fire The CS&KT Division of Fire reminds the public to be safe when hunting and target shooting by being aware of dry grasses and wildfire safety. Hunters or target shooters can accidentally spark a wildfire. Follow these simple guidelines: - Avoid shooting into rocks...

Fighting to protect the Flathead Fighting to protect the Flathead

POLSON — An impending state budget cut has forced the Flathead Basin Commission to consider alternative funding mechanisms, including a possible alliance with Lake and Flathead counties and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. The FBC is a state entity that was created in 1983 to protect the...

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