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Bob Marshall Wilderness

Wolverines: Wild Weasels Of The Alpine

Sep 15, 2020
Wolverine
Andrew Gainer (CC-BY-NC-2)

A small dark blur upslope materialized into a loping wolverine, coming straight toward us! Afraid this wolverine wanted to share our lunch, we left our backpacks where they lay, and hurried out of its path.

Solenex well site is the last remaining oil lease in Badger-Two-Medicine.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

The Blackfeet Nation released draft legislation Thursday that would permanently protect the Badger-Two Medicine region bordering Glacier National Park from industrial resource development. Montana’s congressional delegation says they are reviewing the draft language of the proposed bill.

A trail sign near the Bob Marshall Wilderness.
U.S. Forest Service Northern Region (PD)

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A pilot has been fined for landing a helicopter in a federally protected wilderness area in Montana.

Samuel L. Schwerin, 48, landed his helicopter in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex May 16, The Daily Inter Lake reports.

Western glacier stoneflies thrive in glacial meltwater in high-elevation alpine environments. But scientists estimate the famed ice masses and snowfields of Glacier National Park will have mostly disappeared by 2030.
Joe Giersch, Aquatic Entomologist / USGS Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center

Two stone fly species found in Glacier National Park were listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act Wednesday due to the impacts of climate change, according to a rule published by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The two species, the western glacier stone fly and the meltwater lednian stone fly, depend on glacial meltwater in high-elevation alpine environments. But scientists estimate the famed ice masses and snowfields of Glacier National Park will have mostly disappeared by 2030.

Map of the Howe Ridge Fire perimeter, September 20, 2018.
Inciweb

As Montana's fire season winds to a close, crews are closing-in on the handful of fires still burning across Western Montana.

A map showing the perimeter of the Boundary Creek Fire burning along the Candian Border near Waterton National Park, August 24, 2018.
Waterton National Park

Update: 5:20 p.m.

A fast-growing wildfire discovered Thursday night in the northeastern part of Glacier National Park has led to the closure of nearly all of neighboring Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada.


  A couple of commercial guide and outfitter permits that have been dormant for several years are being re-activated on the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest.

Firefighters work the lines on the Garden Creek Fire during the night of August 8, 2018.
Inciweb


The people evacuated from one house due to the Garden Creek Fire north of Hot Springs yesterday were allowed to return today. Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Fire Prevention Specialist CT Camel says crews burned around the house at the bottom of 5,000 Road, put a line around it and dropped retardants.

The fire (the biggest currently burning in Montana) was last reported to be just over 2,000 acres after it grew substantially from 524 acres Tuesday.

Bear Management Units (BMUs) in the NCDE Primary Conservation Area. BMU subunits are outlined in light gray.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana wildlife officials are proposing to maintain the largest grizzly bear population in the Lower 48 states at its current level of about 1,000 animals even if the population loses its federal protections.

Inciweb


A weekend of lower temperature and higher humidity brought no substantial new wildfire starts across the state, and allowed firefighters to make a dent in existing blazes. 

Forecasters say to expect increasing fire danger and more smoke as the week progresses. 

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