Friends of 2 Rivers
A citizens' organization committed to promoting a safe, healthy and enriching environment for the communities at the confluence of the Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers.
At Last! Access to Milltown State Park is on the horizon!
Montana State Parks is seeking public comment on a draft environmental assessment (EA) for a proposal to accept the donation of an approximately 10-acre parcel of property from International Paper Company (IP), located immediately adjacent to Milltown State Park.
Following acquisition of the property, Montana State Parks would improve the access roadway to provide safe passage for the public entering and exiting Milltown State Park. Public Comments are accepted through Wednesday, November 25 at 5pm.
Acquisition of the parcel would secure permanent public access to the park via the existing access road and enable Montana State Parks to move forward in the development and opening of the park to the public. Acquisition would also preserve and enhance the cultural and historic character of the larger area by ensuring that future improvements to the site would be compatible with Milltown State Park and associated cultural attributes and recreational opportunities.
What's in the EA?
How do I comment?
The public is invited to comment on the draft EA. The public comment period will be open for 21 days. Comments will be accepted through Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 5pm.
To comment online visit stateparks.mt.gov and click on “submit comments” or by direct link here: http://stateparks.mt.gov/news/publicNotices/environmental-assessments/pn_0050.html.
Fish, Wildlife and Parks Biologist and Bear Specialist Jamie Jonkel reports renewed bear activity in neighborhoods where there are abundant apples. This includes, particularly, West Riverside. Jamie asks for help in minimizing the potential for bear-human conflicts. Here are possible actions:
1. Help a neighbor pick and dispose of excess apples.
2. Contact a group you know about, a youth organization or others who might be interested in helping pick apples.
4. Take excess apples to the Peas farm, where they’re fed to livestock. Josh Slotnik, 239-6993
The problem of potential bear-human conflict is particularly bad this year because of a poor crop of the berries bears normally depend upon for adequate nutrition before entering hibernation. Any help you can give will be appreciated! Contact Jamie at 544-1447 to learn about folks in your neighborhood that need help picking their apples.
"SuzAnne Miller is the owner of Dunrovin Ranch. A fourth-generation Montanan, SuzAnne grew up roaming the mountains and fishing the streams of western Montana. Her love of nature, animals, science, and education prompted her to create the world’s first cyber ranch where live web cameras bring Dunrovin’s wildlife and ranch life to internet users across the globe." Distinctly Montana Magazine. Photo: Make It Missoula
SuzAnne Miller shares her connection to Montana in this short video created by Geoff Pepos as part of "The Roadcast" series. Watch "The Roadcast, Chapter One: From Missoula to Dunrovin with SuzAnne Miller."
Congratulations to Chuck and Mary Erickson awarded the 2015 Land Stewardship Award by the Missoula County commissioners, an honor that recognizes landowners and residents who take management of land and water seriously. (Missoulian photo)