Monday, October 26, 2015

Whitewater Hydrotherapy

2010 article from Distinctly Montana Magazine by Hank Fisher outlines the mystique of Montana's whitewater.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

New Bike Trails Coming to Billings Area

A group named Pedal United and others are building new mountain bike trails in the Acton Recreation Area near Billings. The Billings Gazette reports that "the BLM recently launched an interactive site for mountain biking in partnership with the International Mountain Bicycling Association. It maps out destinations for Colorado, Utah, Idaho and Wyoming, but not Montana."
But that's changing. Hopes are the Acton trail system will be first on the site for Montana. They're working with the local BLM office to get that done.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Which Montana County Has the Most Roadkill?

Be careful traveling in Montana. Here are some interesting statistics on Montana roadkill. Which county has the most roadkill?

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Montana Land Reliance Presents "Green Fire"

The Montana Land Reliance is presenting the film “Green Fire,“ in Bozeman on Nov. 12 at 6:30 PM at the Emerson Cultural Center. “Green Fire“ is an Emmy-winning film for best historical documentary and tells the story of “Aldo Leopold and a land ethic for our time.“ Featured speakers for the screening include Marc Pierce, CEO and producer of Warm Springs Television Productions and Dorothy Bradley, who will answer questions and discuss the Leopold family. Tickets are $18, and wine and beer will be available at the event. For more information contact Kathryn Kelly of MLR at

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Montana's "Conservative Conservationists"

Tristan Scott of the Flathead Beacon has written a thoughtful article discussing the conservation actions of Montana Senator Steve Daines and Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke, also paying homage to Montana Senator Jon Tester, a congressional conservation leader.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Three Montana Guys Run the Crown of the Continent

Trio of Montana men run the Crown of the Continent from Missoula to Banff...600 miles in 24 days. Wow.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Flathead Land Trust Has Busy Autumn

It has been an active and productive Fall for Flathead Land Trust. FLT celebrated 30 years of conservation during a Sept. 26 Barn Bash celebration, helped lead a Bike and Bird Tour on Sept. 19 and a Flathead River Float on Sept. 20, plus released a new video and shared an interview from Whitefish Community Radio.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Newspapers Endorse Passage of LWCF

Montana's economy, tourism industry and outdoor recreation industry benefit from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. 

From editorials in Helena and Missoula newspapersIt’s time for common sense leadership in Congress to get things in order. We know there is much to do to pass a budget before Dec. 11 and avoid a government shutdown. And in any other year, it might seem reasonable that funding for the LWCF take a back seat. But not this year, not now. We call on U.S. Sens. Daines and Tester and U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke to fight hard for Montanans and for the reauthorization of the LWCF. We ask them to fight against the radical movement in the Republican Party that is pushing to kill what has been the most successful recreation and conservation program in our nation’s history.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

New Map Offers Tips for Southeast Montana Outdoor Fun

Looking for some outdoor fun in southeast Montana? Here's a great resource.

"Titled "Buttes, Breaks, and Badlands: Off the Beaten Path in Southeast Montana," the map is modeled after National Geographic maps that impart a variety of information to travelers — everything from annual events (Dino Shindig in Ekalaka), to suggestions on getting around (make sure you have a spare tire, cash and half a tank of gas)."

Monday, October 12, 2015

Great Shots in Picture Wild Montana Photo Contest

The Montana Wilderness Association has determined the winning photos of its 4th annual Picture Wild Montana photo contest. All of the winning photos now appear in the 2016 Picture Wild Montana calendar, which highlights the diversity of Montana’s public lands in all seasons and captures the state’s diversity of flora and fauna.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Montana TNC Receives Prestigious USFWS Award

Congratulations to The Nature Conservancy in Montana for receiving the 2015 National Land Protection Award from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It's well deserved. The award was presented Oct. 9 at the Land Trust Alliance Rally in Sacramento. This competitive award is presented annually to one nominee for significant contributions to land protection in partnership with the Fish and Wildlife Service. This year's award highlights TNC's work in the Crown of the Continent. State Director Richard Jeo (center) accepted the award from Eric Alvarez (right), Chief of the USFWS Realty Division, and Gary Sullivan of the Montana USFWS (left) at the 2015 National Land Conservation Conference in Sacramento.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Great Time to Watch the Raptor Migration

Raptor rapture: Ideal time and place to catch the birds of prey migration.

From the Helena Independent RecordIt doesn’t take an eagle eye to spot an eagle, but it sure doesn’t hurt.

Two young raptor counters -- Bret Davis and Ronan Dugan -- perched on a golden hillside in the Big Belt Mountains Wednesday morning, scanning the sky for migrating golden eagles and other raptors.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Despite Congressional Inaction, Support for LWCF Continues

Dark day as Congress fails to extend the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The outdoor recreation, tourism, conservation and business communities will continue to rally support for the LWCF.